The New Way I Study My Bible

I’ve been consistently pursuing the truth found in Scriptures for six months. I can’t begin to even tell you how it’s changed my life. The Bible has changed me, and the way I perceive all things. Yet, I still have this thirst for the unadulterated truth of the Word. In previous times I depended heavily on the helps in my study Bible. And, even Bible commentaries. And, while there is nothing wrong with that; I feel the reason commentators came to certain conclusions about Word, is because they took their time in Scriptures. Sometimes my thirst for the truth will bring me to a place where I only want to understand; and not to patiently take my time. Honestly, sometimes I have preconceived notions about what I’m reading. Which in turns make the Bible read, what I have already believed.

Looks like chicken scratch, but at least I’m learning

I have vowed and prayed that I would like to see God clearer. And, not add on to who He is, and what His word says about Him.

That brings me to my new method, Inductive Bible Study (IBS). My Pastor briefly mentioned that’s how he studies the Word. I had seen it around on the Internet, but it seemed complicated. Well, actually it’s not that complicated at all!

Studying my Bible this way, makes me focus verse-by-verse. It’s a very interactive way of study that calls for marking or highlighting names, places, or actions. You literally lift up every word, looking for the meaning of the verse. I’ve found it takes more time than I’m used to. But, at least I’m fully understanding everything!

And, while there is so much more to IBS than I can hope to explain; I’m going to leave you some links* so you can look into this for yourselves.

The question of the day: How do you study your Bible? And, out of all your studying what verse, passage or truth has stayed with you to this day? Leave me a comment so we can chat!

I love you, but God loves you more!

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When you don’t feel like reading your Bible

In my first post in this series, I shortly discussed how there will be times, hen you don’t feel like opening your Bible. It’s the funniest thing, sometimes I have this passion for the Bible, and other times I just plain don’t. Like right now, I can think of many other things I’d rather do. Then I kind of feel like a hypocrite for having this #readyourBible series, and not reading my Bible. And, this too shall pass.

But this isn’t about me (per say) it’s about you! Here are my tips for reading the Bible when you don’t feel up to.

1. Focus on God

The main reason we have this difficulty is that we’re focusing on ourselves and not God. Just consider His greatness, and think on the privilege it is to be in relation to Him.

2. Don’t think of the Bible as a book

It’s technically a book, but it’s God’s word. See the Bible as food, from which you grow spiritually. See the Bible as, everything God wants to say to you. Imagine the power imprinted on every page.

3. Don’t make your quiet time an assignment

See your quiet time with God as something you get to do. Spend time with God because you miss Him if you don’t. Think about how He’s keeping you, this very second. Let your quiet time be the source of your joy and closeness with God.

4. Don’t be so hard on yourself

Remember, we aren’t called to perfection, we just serve a perfect God. Don’t beat yourself up, you missed a day, it’s okay.

5. Switch it up

Everything gets old after a while. Change the way you study, change the old routine. Who says quiet time with God has to include your Bible? You can just journal, pray, praise God or listen to worship music.

6.Don’t emulate what other people do

Do, you! Your relationship with God is personal, and yours. You don’t have to pray, worship, study like anyone else! God wants a relationship with YOU! He made you unique, and you should be you. It works for your friends, it just may not work for you. And, that’s okay.

7. Do it anyway

Often times when we have a tug to read or for quiet time, we need it. There will be days where you run to open your Bible, and some days… Practice some self-discipline and read something. God has all He needs, he doesn’t need you to read today. Developing a habit of reading the Bible; changes us, not God

8. Prayer
Some stuff, you just got to pray it out. Confess and tell God, you ‘aren’t really in Bible-reading mood’. It’s okay, I think we give ourselves less grace, then God does! I promise the Earth won’t shake, or you’ll drop into the pits of hell. If you are feeling it or thinking it, He knows it already. Just tell Him. And, believe that after you pray, He’s filled you up to read His word.

Well, there it is my 8 tips for when you don’t feel like reading your Bible. It happens to everyone, at least once! I pray God grants us all a zeal for Him and His presence.

I love you, but God loves you more. ❤️

Why You Should Read The Bible

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Continuing the #ReadYourBible series, I answer why we should read the Bible.

Knowing God

There is no way we can ever hope to know God, without reading His word. The Bible is God-breathed, it’s the Word literally out of His mouth. Can you hope to know anyone without speaking to them? No! And, in the same way you can’t begin to grasp His greatness without His word.

It’s the truth

God’s word is the only truth, in a world where we constantly have to seek out the truth from lies. He is who the Word says He is. He can do what the Word says He can do.

The Bible isn’t old-fashioned

Although the Bible was written centuries ago, don’t feel as if, it’s outdated. There is nothing new under the sun, you can even find your-modern-self in the Bible. The people captured in the stories of the Bible, are just plain old people. Some good, some bad, and most of them are just in between. But, once you realize this is a person that once lived, and you get to flip through the pages; and learn from their hardships, heartbreaks, and mistakes.

Learn how God feels about you

God loves you, because He formed you, His eye is the first eye to ever see you. I had to learn that God wasn’t this far off, stern God. Although God hates (His word, not mines) evil, and sin; and His holy eyes can’t bare to look at evil. I’ve come to know He is love (literally 1 John 4:8), He is merciful, forgiving and has compassion for us as Father has for His child. God says He’ll never forsake or abandon you. The Bible is full of sweet, endearing terms about how God sees His children. God’s children are the saved, but you can always become not only His creation but, His child. There’s is nothing better than the God being your Father

You got an enemy

I’m not talking about your ‘haters’, or the people at your job. I’m talking about well… satan (he doesn’t get a capital letter). Rather you’re saved or not, he can’t stand you! But, he’s really upset at God for throwing him out of heaven, and Jesus for dying on the cross. So, he picks with us, since he can’t bother with the Father and the Son. And, especially if you’re saved, he has a bone to pick with you. But, what his intention is, is  to separate (saved and not saved) from the one and only true God.

He’s a liar, and a good one too. He’ll provoke, lie, and convince you of something he created. So, we need to stand firmly on God’s truth. When we have a habit of reading our Bibles, we can rebuke him; “that’s a lie”. He can deceive you into believing everyone dislikes and talks about you. He’ll make you question your relationship or marriage. He’ll say you’re unloveable, and unattractive. He’ll say ANYTHIHG. And, that’s why it’s so important to read the Truth.

So lashing out at yourself, your spouse, your coworkers, and anybody is a waste of time. We fight with an open Bible and prayer, and fasting. Never forgetting, he has no power, only influence. He is no god, he’s a fallen angel, and God will deal with him (read Revelation, yup the whole book).

Conclusion

God is worth getting to know. Read my previous post on getting started reading the Bible. Now that I’ve done it daily for the last four months, I’ve learned so much about God. I even learned so much about myself. I’ve built my confidence up in God. When God says you are_____ you can’t help but feel small and important at the same time.

  • Precious
  • His child
  • Beloved
  • His treasure
  • Chosen

I beg of you to get to know God by opening your Bible. He’s awesome, so worthy of peeling back the cover and digging into His word for your sanity, validation, and confirmation.

I love you, yet God loves you more.❤️

Reading Your Bible

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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.

Best Advice

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.

Conclusion

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. ❤️