How To Get More From Bible Study
- Read with reverence. The Bible is “inspired” of God. It did not originate with man. 2 Pet. 1:21 says that the Holy Spirit “moved” the men who wrote the Scriptures.
- Read with a sense of need. Realize that you need God’s instruction and that He will provide it through His word. Man is incapable of directing his own steps (Jer. 10:23).
- Think while you are reading. How often have you read words but did not comprehend because you were not thinking about what you were reading? The Bible deserves meditation — deliberate thinking. Don’t imagine that just reading the words of the Bible will help you. The upright man of Psalm 1:2 meditated on the law of God.
- Don’t “read something into” the Bible. Let the Bible speak for itself. So many people make the mistake of reading the Bible with their minds already made up concerning what it has to say. We must not decide what we want to believe and then go to the Bible to try and prove it. The Scriptures are profitable for doctrine (teaching) according to 2 Tim. 3:16. Allow the Scriptures to formulate your beliefs.
- Determine to apply what you are reading. If you love God’s truth, you must be governed by it. If you read the Scriptures but fail to do what you read, do not be surprised if soon your Scripture reading stops altogether. We must not only listen to the Scriptures, we must also obey them (Jas. 1:22). The Scriptures are not designed to be ignored.
Why not give these suggestions a try and see if your personal Bible study doesn’t improve?