Bible Study Tips
Learning to feed yourself spiritually is vital. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2, NIV). For the first dozen years I was a Christian, my goal was to read through the Bible yearly. I read like someone chewing highly nutritious broccoli. I didn’t swallow all that much of it. Please learn from my mistake. Your following Jesus requires education plus application. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22, NIV).
It isn’t how much of the Bible you get through every year that matters most. It’s how much of the Bible gets through you. “Discipleship” that’s biblical information without transformation isn’t discipleship.
Beginning in December 1981 I read less but tried to apply something every day from what I read. Now it takes me three years to read through the Bible. I move at a one chapter a day rate. I write down the date, what I read, and in one or two sentences something that speaks to my heart. I usually write as though God is speaking directly to me. Here are some examples:
12/10/15 - 1 Samuel 22 - Lying to protect yourself often puts others in danger. Speak the truth in love. 12/11/15 - 1 Samuel 23 - I am the God of all possibilities. Trust how I am working in and through you and find your strength in Me. 12/12/15 - 1 Samuel 24-25 - Following the voices of your anger and pride will lead you astray. Don't make knee-jerk decisions when you are hurting. 12/13/15 - 1 Samuel 26 - Repentance is first recognizing you've acted like a fool and erred greatly and then turning from your foolishness and error. 12/14/15 - 1 Samuel 27-28 - If you refuse to obey Me, don't expect Me to guide you. 12/15/15 - 1 Samuel 29 - My sovereign will is the needle that pulls the thread of your life through all circumstances' ups and downs. 12/16/15 - 1 Samuel 30 - Find strength in Me to overcome adversity (v. 6).
I’ve used the Life Application Study Bible for my reading for more than thirty-five years. I highly recommend it. When nothing from the chapter itself speaks to my heart, the Life Application Study Bible’s notes usually do. Writing down what you hear God say to you. helps Velcro the truth to your heart. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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