We know we have freedom through Christ. The Bible says that everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Many people might ask should a Christian read their Bible everyday?
Recently on the same night, I had two dreams.
Usually we pray that the Holy Spirit enter our dreams, so as to give us encouragement, understanding, and messages from the Lord. This particular night, we forgot.
These dreams have convinced me that daily Bible reading might not be ‘the law’, but it skipping the reading of God’s word should be an exception.
Rule 1: Don’t underestimate the power of the enemy to invade your dreams.
In my dream, I woke up in my bed, as I would in real life. I went to check on my girls, who were sleeping. I tried turning on the lights, but couldn’t. I tried a couple more lights in the bathrooms and hallway, none seemed to be working. As I did, this dark figure was walking up the stairs. I knew this figure was an unwelcome intruder. We began to battle. I was protecting my children, myself, my house, my husband. We battled all the way down into my kitchen. As we did so, I continued to try to turn on the lights of the house. It would seem that this intruder had switched off the breaker to the entire house. We were battling in the dark. In my dream, I bite the intruders leg which seemed to be made of fibers that I could bite through. The intruder caught hold of my foot and I felt its fingers tickling my feet.
I woke up in real life, instantly knowing that I had failed to request God’s protection over our dreams. My feet still felt as if they had just been tickled. I asked him to do so and proceeded to go back asleep.
My next dream was similar, except this time I felt the heavy presence of the Holy Spirit next to me. I awoke in my bed, as I would in real life. I knew there was an intruder in my house. The Spirit of God told me, “The Lord wants you to read your Bible.” But, I could not turn on the lights to read my Bible. I stood up on my bed to turn on my overhead fan light, but it would not turn on. I remembered that I have begun memorizing John 1, but I have not been very faithful, despite my intense desire to memorize scripture. So I stood on my bed, verbally reciting what I had memorized.
John 1:1-5 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.
I knew that the last part of the scripture, in some versions uses the word “understood it”, but then I remembered that other versions say “the darkness has not overcome it.” So, I screamed out the last part again.
I woke up in real life again, fully understanding that the scripture I had quoted into the darkness was not by mistake. In fact, it was the premise of the entire meaning of the dreams.
Word = Jesus.
Jesus = the Light of Mankind.
Therefore, the Light of Mankind = Word of God.
As in my dreams, there was no light. I was battling against an intruder in the dark. My one desire was to turn on the light so I could battle better. I realized that Satan’s most powerful weapon was darkness.
Rule 2: Satan’s most power weapon against us is darkness (aka ignorance of God’s Word).
When we don’t know the Word of God, we are battling in the dark.
In Matthew 4:1-9, Satan tries to tempt Jesus with the Word of God three times. But Jesus knew God’s word better and used other scriptures to deflect the scriptures Satan was twisting to serve his evil purposes.
I realized that when we don’t read the Bible regularly, we are like the first dream. We are in our houses (our bodies), battling an intruder in the dark, by ourselves, without the help of an Almighty God. But we can, by regularly reading the Word, have the heavy Spirit of God next to us, reminding us of scriptures, directing us what to do.
In my first dream I physically battled, in my own strength and knowledge. But in my second dream, I never battled in my flesh but only by reciting the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We don’t need to spin our energy fighting, we need to allow God do the battle by knowing his Word.
Many are like the first dream, without light, battling in the dark against an unknown intruder. We must prayerfully seek those people out so they can overcome the darkness in their lives. If we are regular readers of the Bible, we should encourage other believers to read the Word more. We should help non-believers, by the power of the Holy Spirit, by teaching them God’s Word in deed and proclamation, for neither by themselves are as effective as when they are coupled together.
According to the Scipture below those who don’t want the light (the Word of God/Jesus), don’t want the light because their deeds are evil. Let us pray that those in the harvest (including ourselves) would not fear the light and would not love their evil deeds so much that they avoid the light.
John 3:19-21 (NIV) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
In America, we are extremely blessed to experience such freedom and access to resources, let us pray for those who do not have Bibles, which still is a reality for many people in this modern age. If possible, let us do something about it. http://www.opendoorsusa.org
- Satan uses darkness as a weapon.
- We can battle darkness by knowing the Word of God, which is light.
- Darkness cannot overcome light.
- Satan uses scripture to confuse us, we must know scripture better.
- Pray over your dreams that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Know that we are bearers of light, to those who are in darkness.
- There are tons of people worldwide that cannot read or have access to a Bible.
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).