I can’t imagine life without the Word of God. I’ve seen videos of people, in nations where the Bible is forbidden, literally weeping and kissing the Word when they receive a written copy.
It made me stop and think how different my life would be if the Bible was illegal here in America. Would I have enough of the Word within me to sustain me? Would you?
God’s Word is living and active, and as Psalm 119:93 points out … it gives us new life when we follow it’s teachings. The Word of God has the power to transform us, from the inside out.
Do you rely on someone else to “teach” you God’s Word? Don’t get me wrong, God has blessed us with some amazing teachers in our time. I am very thankful for their wisdom and the time they have invested to research the Word and feed my spirit. Yet, how many of these teachings do we apply to our lives? If all we do is hear the Word without putting what we learn into practice, we remain spiritual bottle fed babies. God wants to feed you meat!
If Bible Study is something you find boring or confusing I’d like to make a few suggestions:
(1) Take notes during church: Through the week, go back and review those notes. Look up the scripture references used during the sermon. Read them in the context they were written. (Another words, read several verses before and after.) Invest in a good commentary or use one of my favorites (Matthew Henry’s Commentary) which is free on: https://www.biblegateway.com.
(2) Study scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) admonishes us: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. There is a big difference between reading and studying. Apply the practice of asking: who, what, where, when, how and why, to fully understand what the writer of the passage is trying to convey.
(3) Memorize scripture: Many of the scriptures I hold dear today are verses I memorized as a teen. Whatever the battle, God brings them to remembrance when I need them. Memorization is how we “hide” God’s Word in our hearts.
(4) Pray scripture: God promises in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will not return void. There is power in praying the Word over our situations. If you are facing a struggle, do a “Bible word search” regarding your issue, and write out a prayer using those verses.
(5) Join a study group: Get involved with a Bible study group. Not only will you learn from each other, you will build lasting relationships with like minded believers, who will become a source of strength in your life.
The Bible is our instruction manual. Once you begin to see the difference it makes in your walk with God, you will develop a love for it. No other book compares to the life-changing Word of God. My prayer for you today is that God will make the pages of His Word come alive in you.