5 Things To Do When Reading the Bible

biblePray for the Spirit’s Guidance

The Holy Spirit can help us make more sense of the Scriptures if we pray for His imparting to us what God’s Word is saying.  Ask the Spirit to show you why God is saying this in His Word, what He is saying to me, where is this applicable in my life, and so forth.  As Jesus told the disciples, so He tells believers today that “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).

Pray for Application

I touched on this in the previous paragraph but the Bible is God speaking to us. Many people say that “God spoke to me about…” but I always say, does it match what God’s Word says?  We want to know how certain Scriptures apply to our everyday lives.  For example, Jesus said to “go into all the world and making disciples of all nations,” even if it’s next door (Matt 28:19-20).  Was Jesus just speaking to the disciples or was Christ telling to be His witnesses?  Surely, He was speaking to us all.

Have a Plan

I love the advice of many Bible teachers and scholars who advise us to have a daily reading plan so that we can gain wisdom from the Scriptures.   I read some out of the Old Testament and then some from the New Testament.  As hard as it is to do with my schedule, I must take time and make time for this very important reading.  Don’t worry so much about how much you read as much as you are reading it daily.  We don’t eat one meal on Sunday expecting it to last us all week do we?  So we must have a daily intake of the Word to sustain us through the difficult trials, temptations, and tests that come to every believer during the week. Have a plan and try to stick to it.

Meditate on the Word

It is one thing to read the Word, it is altogether another thing to contemplate what we read.  I would rather read only a few lines of Scripture and mediate on these than read a whole book and not remember most of it.  When we take time to reflect, ponder, and mediate on His Word, the Word penetrates deep into our mind and this allows us to internalize it to see just how awesome is our God.

Take Notes

I love to mark my Bible.  The paper is not holy….God’s Word is.  I highlight certain passages that are very important to me.  When I see certain verses I write them out or highlight them so that I can memorize them.  Second Corinthians 5:21 and 1 John 1:9 are very important to me because these are essential to every believer.  When we read something, then highlight it, and then write it out, we give our mind three ways in which the Word can sink down deep into our minds and we can recall them when they are needed.

May God richly bless you,

Pastor Jack Wellman

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