Howe about … 9 steps to better Bible reading, part 3
First, make a plan to spend time in Scripture. Otherwise it doesn’t happen.
Second, go to Scripture believing it is the Word of God … because it is!!!
Third, eliminate distractions.
Fourth, pray. Ask the Spirit of God to grant understanding of what is read.
Fifth, read. Read and reread the text.
Sixth, ask questions.
Number seven on my list is: write. Write as you engage in studying the word. Writing serves as an organizing and memory tool. Writing out some of the big ideas that you see in the text, writing some of your questions about the text, writing your thoughts about God and yourself will aid in helping you remember what you read and what was important about what you read. In addition to that, writing your thoughts in a prayer-like way to God can be a wonderful experience of considering God. Finally, having a written record provides something you can return to for the sake of encouragement down the road. Writing is one of the surprising, but amazing tools for experiencing better Bible reading times.
Eighth, meditate. Meditate on what you have read and gleaned as the main idea or ideas. Usually, writing will assist with memory retention for meditation. There does not need to be anything weird about meditating. Meditating is not going into a semi-conscious trance or sitting in a certain posture. Meditating on Scripture is simply remembering the truths of Scripture throughout the day, thinking about what it means, employing what it calls us to do, or praying the words to God. In short, the word should be on our mind often throughout the day. Therefore, put some thought into remembering. If you need helps, sign up for daily Bible verses to be sent to your email, write a verse on a note card, or put something in your path that will cause you to think of Scripture.
Ninth, obey the Word. After all is said and done, if we don’t obey the Word, there was very little value in reading it. When our hearts are obedient to the Word of God, we will find that the Lord wants to reveal truth to us and deepen our joy. If our motives are anything other than to obey, God knows. We cannot fool the God who knows our hearts. However, the Word of God is powerful to do an amazing work so read even if your motives are not right on track. Know that there is a great reward and joy for obeying the LORD God!
Today, we conclude this three part series on how to better read the Bible. I hope these 9 tips for better Bible reading offer some useful guidance for you. Remember, they are just tips, not a guideline for every single time you read. The BIG thing is just READ! Any chance you get, read! Get up in the morning, read the Word! Read before you go to bed! Read, read, read!!!
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.