Find your Bible, yep, you. Did you get it? I will wait...
Now hold up your Bible (no, this is originated by Joel Osteen). Repeat after me please. This is my Bible, I am what it says I am, I have what is says I have. I can do what it says I can do. It is the incorruptible, indestructible, ever living, ever breathing WORD of God. My mind is alert, my heart is receptive and my ears are open. I will never be the same in Jesus' mighty name, Amen.How many of you read your Bible? How many of you set aside a specific time to read it? If you do, great! What is working for you? If you are reading it but not allowing the Lord to soak into your soul or heart because you are doing it out of religiosity, STOP!
Stop right where you are! Breathe! Now let's talk about this. Even the Pharisees knew the WORD of the Lord and they became legalistic. They stopped everyone for doing the "wrong" thing, even Jesus!
Now, lets dig a bit and see what you think we should do after this.
So, today we will talk about how it is part of our sword. Why it’s important and how we can effectively read the Word and get something out of it. We again will be using other authors and some great tools to allow us to dig in deeper.
I had heard the other day that many people come to the Lord in the toughest times. They may begin their walk with him, their prayer life increases, their need to find a place to worship this God that they found. They need answers to their questions.So how do we get into the Word?
How do we even start?
Again, I asked many I know what they thought of reading their Bibles.
My Friend Darcy- How did you learn to read your Bible?
From Teri- a friend since High school- I don’t believe I learned to pray or read Gods Word by an exact outline. Yes of course to me the basics are yes read the Word each day. Pray and worship Him all go together! And the more you do these the closer you get to our loving Father Jesus Christ and that is a personal experience that teaches you. I’ve read the Word of God for years and years. And yes many of those years were reading the Word daily. But I never understood or comprehended it personally. You know where it comes alive and isn’t boring until I was baptized. I was already saved when I got baptized. That is, I had already verbally accepted God as my savior. Said out loud that I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Baptism was to show others what was going on inside of me and boy let me tell you after that God opened the eyes of my heart!! I comprehended the Word and couldn’t get enough of it. It wasn’t boring and that totally shocked me!! I’m not saying this will happen to everyone else, because it is truly an individual relationship with Our God. But for everyone I can say that a tool I recommend is when life gets hard for whatever reason if I just stop and read a few verses here and there even if it’s like every twenty minutes (this is beside my daily reading)
All of these amazing women, some came out of denominations that were legalistic or lacked, some came to Jesus because of a major issue, and some grew up in the faith. All ARE Loved BY Jesus! They are important in the Kingdom and so are you, the reader!
So, maybe you’re asking yourself, that’s all good but how do you get into the word?
The Lord is amazing, but if we don't dig in, we will never know for our very self that He is. If we take our Pastor's word for it or even my word for it, we will not find out that He is loving. Yes, he can be judging, because that is his position in our lives. How can we ever be a better us if we are not disciplined to be better?
We have to learn what type of learning works for us. When we open it in a flash, read it and close it again, are we really understanding what we are learning? Do we really soak in what God desires for us and our life? I am not so sure.
On the other hand, maybe that is all you have time for today.
God's Word was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is God-breathed. Each writer of the Bible was moved by the Spirit as his gifts and intellect were used by God to speak to them and through them. The Word of God is so powerful that it is a double-edged sword in our hands (Hebrews 4:12). That means it is a defensive as well as offensive weapon. As prayer warriors, we need both.
Excerpt taken from page 105 of The Power of a Prayer Warrior http://bit.ly/1Uwsb3Z
I love Rachel Wojo and her blog. She is an incredible woman of God who teaches the things we need to know. Her blog is http://rachelwojo.com/bible-study-beginners/
What I would show you is not the Gospels first, but James. James is the brother of Jesus, father is Joseph. Then I would take on Romans and then one of the Gospels, John, then Mark, then Matthew and then Luke. I would then precede to Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, 1, 2, 3 John. Then decide what stirs your heart. Don't just read through them because you want to get done but read through them because you want to change your heart for HIM in created you.
Once you’ve taken the steps to establish a Bible study routine, now you must strive to be faithful. Setting up a schedule or routine for your Bible study is often the easy part. When life gets going and days are full is when being faithful can become challenging. This is when being intentional with our daily to dos and commitments becomes necessary.
Make a Commitment to GodChoosing to study the Bible faithfully requires a commitment to the Lord, to be in His word daily as much as possible. Whether you set a particular time aside each day or simply decide to read before bed, the time of day doesn’t matter…it’s about committing to spend time in God’s word faithfully.
Find an Accountability PartnerHaving someone in your life that will encourage you to be in God’s word each day is very important! Life does throw us curve balls, time slips away throughout the day, etc. This is why having an accountability partner is key! Your husband, best friend or parent are great options for encouraging you to be in God’s word daily. If these are not an option, I encourage you to check out Good Morning Girls!
Set a ReminderThe truth is that life gets busy and we get focused on the needs of today. While our intentions to faithfully study the Bible are good, life just happens sometimes and if we’re not careful, Bible study can be passed up.
Whether you use your cell phone calendar, your PC calendar, a kitchen calendar or a pen and your palm, put a reminder for your Bible study time where you won’t miss it each day! Mine is on my to do list!
Try Out New Ways to Study the BibleDon’t feel tied down to just one method of studying the Bible. There are SO many ways to study the Bible, try out different ones to see which methods work best for you.
What inspires you to dig into God’s word each day? Start there!
Next week I’m going to share some of my favorite ways to study the Bible! There is one method that I saw recently that I really want to try that I’ll share with you too!
Remember, it’s not the time of day, the quantity of time or the method of Bible study that matters, it’s simply being faithful in studying the Bible daily.
Just know, I am so happy you are here! Pastor Jaye
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