Nov. 23rd Devotion

Four Scriptural Touches – Greg Laurie

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV).

The Center for Bible Engagement surveyed more than 400,000 people and found that if you’re not reading your Bible at least four times a week or more, then you won’t make significant changes or choices any differently than someone who doesn’t read the Bible.
The survey also found that if you read your Bible four or more times a week, your propensity for pornography goes down 59 percent, and you’ll be 30 percent less likely to struggle with loneliness.

In addition, reading your Bible at least four times a week means you’ll be 228 percent more likely to share your faith with others and 407 percent more likely to memorize Scripture.
The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV). The word redeem means to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

A lack of faith causes us to worry, and we won’t grow in faith if we don’t read the Bible. As Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (NKJV). Instead of worrying, read the Bible and believe what it says.

Obviously it’s very important to read the Bible four times a week. Just four scriptural touches every week can change your life. But it’s even better to read the Bible every day. So let the Word of God bolster your faith. Trade your worry for worship.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). So put God first in your priorities, in your marriage or your singleness, in your career, and in your finances. Honor the Lord, and let Him have His way in your life.
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