How do we read the Bible as it was intended to be read, so it fulfills its purpose?

One of my favorite books is Profiting from the Word by A.W. Pink. It’s a great book just to read devotionally, because we are to profit from the Word. If you are a Christian and you are daily losing a battle with sin—I’m not talking about sanctification as a linear forward march—the thrust of sanctification is to grow in the likeness of our Savior, and we can do that sometimes by failing and repenting and realizing that we can’t do it in our own strength. There is something redemptive about the humility of the fall. You can’t fall away, which is the very good news.

You need to know that you can trust the Word of God. If you’re doubting that, you need to be willing to acknowledge that it is true that this Bible is ontologically set up to be the only book on earth that plays by a certain set of rules. You read it like a book, but it is a holy, God-breathed book. As painful to our pride as it is to realize it, the job of the Bible is to critique our lives. It is not our job to critique the Bible.