We need God’s Word, but unfortunately, most believers are not getting in the Word of God. Are you struggling to read the Bible? If so, you are not alone. In this article, I will help you to revamp your Bible study life.
Start from the beginning
There are many sites that offer a plethora of Bible verses that you can read such as Bible Reasons. It’s awesome to be able to go to a topical website, but it is even better to read the Bible in context. This is why I recommend that you read the Bible from beginning to end. Take the time to understand the context. When handling the Word of God, we must make sure that we handle it with integrity. A beautiful picture of Jesus can be seen in every chapter of the Bible. That is why it is important to go through every chapter to see Christ in His gloriousness. Start from Genesis and read all the way to Revelation and you will be enriched by the truth of God’s Word.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Make sure that you pray before and after you read the Bible. When you pray, you are asking God to help you to understand His Word better. You are asking God to speak to you while you are reading the Word. It’s awful to read the Bible mindlessly. What’s the point of reading the Bible if you are not getting anything out of it? God wants to tell you many things. When we pray to hear the Lord, God will always answer that prayer. Pray that you might hear His voice more clearly and pray that you retain the knowledge of the Bible. I always pray that God helps me to memorize all that I just read. This is an important prayer because Satan is going to do all that he can to make you forget what you just read. When you pray, you’re allowing God to directly touch you with His powerful voice.
1 Chronicles 16:8-13 “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
Something that I started doing recently is taking notes and journal. Write down everything that God tells you while you are reading the Bible. This is important so that you will be able to go back and look at what God told you. Sometimes we forget the things that we already learned and journaling will serve as a reminder. As you journal not only will you be able to learn more, but you will also be able to look back at God’s faithfulness towards you. Journaling is a way to be raw and vulnerable before the Lord and to see His goodness towards you. After you overcome a trial, Satan will try to tell you that the victory was just a coincidence. However, when you go back to your journal you will be able to attack Satan’s lies with the truth.
Jeremiah 30:1-3 “The Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: Write in a book everything that I tell you. 3 The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity. I will bring them back to the land that I gave their ancestors, and they will take possession of it.”
Isaiah 30:8 “Now go, write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may serve in the time to come As a witness forever.”
Be on guard
You should always be on guard because Satan does not want you to read the Bible, so he will do all that he can to distract you. The moment that you decide to read the Bible be prepared for all of his schemes. Random people might try to call you, or your favorite show might come on. He knows how to tempt you and how to occupy your time. That is why you have to identify the moment for what it is. Make war with all distractions and run to a quiet area. If the distraction is your TV, then shut it off. If the distraction is your phone, then turn in to off or log off of any social media sites. Do all that you can so that you don’t allow Satan to win this battle.
1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
Make Bible reading a habit. It might be tough in the beginning, but the more that you read, the easier that it will become for you.
(Sources: www.biblegateway.com & https://biblehub.com)