Listen to the Bible
In this 21st century, more and more, we Christians have begun to sit in front of our computer monitors to: (1) read sermons, books, articles, Bible studies, etc., (2) search online for background information on current events related to Bible prophecy, and (3) even listen to our computers read to us the Bible. "What hath God wrought!" (Numbers 23:23). As an adolescent Baby Boomer, I can remember the struggle of attempting to read my Bible daily; and, as a newly married, young adult, on fire for the LORD, I remember the great fervency of desiring to feed upon the Word of God. "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart" (Jeremiah 15:16). Now, I realize that we have one of the most effective opportunities to read and survey the Scriptures by listening to Stephen Johnston read the King James Bible and reinforcing the Spoken Word, while following along on our computer monitor with the written text in front of us, by using a feature of WhatSaithTheScripture.com called Twenty Minutes A Day: How to Survey the Bible in One Year ---New Window (compiled by Robert Gunn). With your (preferably) broadband internet connection and a pair of headphones, you can easily listen to RealAudio files of the entire Bible being read through in a year, while you have time to reflect upon what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Not only is a blessing promised to those who read the Scriptures, but a blessing is just as certainly promised to those who listen to the Bible. "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3). Of course, in addition to hearing the Word, we have to be willing to be a Doer of the Word, if and when we have the opportunity. "23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:23-25). But, if we, with Special Promise, listen to the Bible, expecting Blessing from Listening to the Word of God, then by Faith, we will be blessed! "Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors" (Proverbs 8:34).
Promises for Those Who Listen to the Bible
Faith and confidence in God is promised to those, who listen to the Bible.
"So then Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Blessing and happiness is promised to those, who listen to the Bible, especially the Book of Revelation.
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3).
Blessing and happiness is promised to those, who listen to the Bible, in particular, hear the Wisdom of the Book of Proverbs.
"Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors" (Proverbs 8:34).
Joy is promised to you, who listen to the Bible, i.e., "when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming [Greek, parousia]" (1John 2:28).
"Hear the Word of the LORD, ye that tremble at His Word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed" (Isaiah 66:5).
Blessing and happiness is promised to those, who listen to the Bible and take care to obey It.
"Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep It" (Luke 11:28).
[For more motivation to listen to the Bible, please see our article, "The Word of God" ---New Window.]
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