Matthew 4: 4
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
So far, we’ve talked about how powerful God’s Word is and just a few of the amazing benefits of reading and studying it. So today, I thought I’d share some of the things I do doing my Bible study time. But remember each of us is different and different things will work for different people. Don’t be afraid to try new ways to study the Bible. Here’s a few suggestions.
- Read Christian living books. I’m a reader so, of course, I love books. When I first renewed my Christian faith, I read all sorts of books to aid me in my spiritual journey. This can be very helpful but it shouldn’t be a substitute for reading the real thing–the Bible.
- Read devotions. I love devotions! I love to read them and I love to write them. They are short and concise enough that even the busiest of people can take time to read one or two every day. You can buy devotional books but it’s not necessary. There are a ton of free devotional sites available on the Internet.
- Use a Bible reading plan. There are all sorts of resources that will help you read the entire Bible in a year.
- Listen to the Bible. This is a great way to “read” the Bible as you drive.
- Different versions for different persons! I grew up using the King James Version–difficult to understand to say the least. Don’t be afraid to check out other versions and find the one that you like.
Those are just a few ways, but the important thing is to start reading and studying the Bible on your own. Find a way that works for you. One of the things I do is write specific Bible verses on index cards. Then I read and reread them many times until I “get it.” I don’t have a good memory so I don’t really make the effort to try to memorize but by reading the same verse again and again, it helps me to remember that verse when I need it.
Your turn: How do you study the Bible?
See you next time,