Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Study The Bible With Purpose-Part 2

Where do you start and what do you study?

There’s really no wrong place to begin...just begin!

Let's say you are dealing with an anger issue and you want to know what God's Word says about anger. Turn to the back of your Bible’s concordance to look up anger. Scriptures relating to the subject of anger will be listed there. Or, you can do an online search of one of the many online sites such as www.biblegateway.com

If you can’t think of anything right away, thumb through the concordance in the back of your Bible and see what jumps out at you. Begin looking at all scriptures referenced with this subject. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and reveal things to you. Or use a devotional to get you started. There are hundreds to choose from, such as the one you are reading now :)

Here are four steps you can take to begin digging into God’s Word :

1. Purposely set aside time. Make an appointment with God. If mornings work for you,great! If not, find a time that does…even if it’s not every day. Whatever works for you is what you should do. Just start somewhere and you’ll see the fruit that this time brings to your life!

2. Make preparation for your Bible study. Study in a place that you enjoy and are comfortable. Find a place to study that fits your style. For example, if you like to spread out your study materials, choose a desk or table.

3. Have all your materials available. You’ll want of course your Bible, but also get a good Bible dictionary, concordance, a pen and paper. That way, you don’t have to stop every few minutes to search for a book or supplies.  A basket holding everything you might want during your study time is convenient and saves time.

4. Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your study.

Make the time to study the Bible. The Word is alive! Living it out can change your life. You’ll begin to experience a level of peace and joy that comes from knowing God's Word.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. 2 Tim 3:16-17

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