There are different ways of reading your Bible – and each will bring forth different results. One way will lead to an overcoming life filled with the glory and life of God; the other will lead to a life of condemnation and eventual spiritual death.
When we read our Bible we should look at it and see what Jesus has ALREADY accomplished. Every verse is subject to God’s ultimate showcase of His glory – Jesus’ death and resurrection, which leads to a life of reconciliation, freedom, acceptance and supernatural provision. For most of my life I used to read the Bible from a self-accusing mindset. This lead to condemnation and depression – not a life that is glorifying to God.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:18
As we behold God’s word as a mirror of His glory – i.e. to behold God and see the perfecting work of His Son on the cross (already accomplished) – we will be transformed. Look away from all that will distract (self-accusing thoughts and your own efforts to measure up) unto Jesus. This will truly change your life – from the inside out (effortlessly).