I know the idea of reading the Bible can be so intimidating, especially if it’s your first time peeling the cover back. First, relax; you don’t have to read all 66 books this weekend. Second, maybe you shouldn’t start with the King James translation. I know all the Old English made me feel like I was reading Shakespeare. Thirdly, it’s not about how much you read, but rather understanding and applying what you read.
Choose Your Weaponry
With technology today you read on your phone, tablet or Kindle. Maybe, you are old-fashioned and want a physical copy. I highly suggest downloading a Bible app, that includes many modern translations and devotionals. You can fool around with different translations and figure out which you like the most. Secondly, if you’re new at this, your may not know where to start; well a short inspirational devotional would be a great place to start. A devotional is short and usually points you in the direction of a Bible chapter or verse. I highly recommend the Youversion app. It’s free, and you can (for free) subscribe to daily devotionals.
Pen and Paper
Studying the Bible and journaling goes hand in hand. You’ll find yourself wanting to write down how a verse makes you feel. You’ll be driven to journal what you learn, and how you feel. And, the cool part is revisiting old journals, and seeing your growth in the Word.
Set a Time, and Stick to It
Set a time aside to reading your Bible/devotional every day. And, there will be distractions. Whether it’s your phone buzzing, or you just can’t seem to focus. And, honestly there will be some days you just don’t plain feel like it. However it is discipline worth learning.
Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself
If you missed a day, or a couple… Don’t beat yourself up, God still loves you. If you find your desire to read dwindling, pray and tell God all about it. Ask Him to give you a desire for His word. And, He’ll surely grant your prayer.
Pray before reading! It calms your mind, and puts your focus on God. You can even ask the Holy Spirit what you should read. And, He’ll surely guide you.
Purchasing a Bible
Now, that you’ve got the hang of this, and found a translation that you’re fond of and you find understandable.
Things to consider:
Will I carry my Bible with me everywhere? You may want something light and portable. A paperback or a leather bonded Bible.
Sometimes I need help understanding, even modern translations.
You may want a study Bible. A study Bible is a Bible with notes. It can have extensive notes, or just a few lines here or there.
I love God’s Word, now but I can remember feeling overwhelmed and defeated in the beginning of my walk. King James Version looked like another language to me, but now I adore it.
I just believe in God’s word. It is so powerful. There’s so much to uncover about life and even about yourself in the Bible. It’s changed me, it healed me, and it’s brought me closer to God. It grew my faith, and made me see how trustworthy and good God is.
God was this far away deity, until I picked up the Bible. He’s real, and never far away. I’m His child, He calls me beloved, says you are my brethren. I’m passionate about the Bible, because of how it changed me, and changes me everyday. I hope this helped you. If you have any questions, leave a comment, and LIKE. ❤️