Hey, friend! You've clicked on this blogpost hoping for some guidance and tips to get the most out of your Bible study time. I'm hoping and praying I can help you along as a Christian friend. These tips are practical and maybe ones you have heard before, but they're tips and habits that I wholeheartedly believe will help you.
I want you to remember this, friend: Jesus loves you. He is just a prayer away, and His Spirit will help you understand and help you to choose right. If you haven't placed your trust in Jesus, His Word says now is the time for Salvation. He will help you to understand and He will be a friend like no other, even when your life gets rough.
If you're wanting to make Bible time more of a priority, here are some simple, yet very helpful habits to get into:
1. Turn the phone off and put all distractions away.
It's not enough to set your phone aside or put it in another room. I'm as guilty as everyone else. When that phone rings or beeps with a notification, I'm always running to check it because "what if...". An hour or two with your phone off will not kill you, in fact, it will most likely benefit you spiritually and mentally. Turn off the phone, put away your laptop, and clear off your desk or wherever you do your Bible time. You know what grabs your attention easily; put ALL distractions away.
2. Know what you're reading ahead of time.
I am a firm believer that God can lead us to different passages to show us something marvelous, but a lot of times we're just lazy, period. Myself included. We'll pick up the Bible in the morning and go, "Hmmm...well I guess wherever I open to is where I'll read from today." And maybe that'll work for a time, but I know God wants us going deeper and taking root in His Word. He wants us to thoroughly study. Maybe that means a Bible plan for you. Or maybe it's finding a particular person in the Scriptures to study about for a while. Little Faith Blog has fantastic Bible plans, new every month. And Revive Our Hearts has study workbooks on particular women in the Bible amongst other fantastic resources. Or maybe it means just going through the Bible chronologically, using a bookmark as a way to pick back up. Or maybe it's studying a book of the Bible for a lengthy period of time. (The book of John or Romans is a good place to start!) Whatever it is, pray about where God wants you to be, and ask Him to help you find a method to dig deeper into His Word.
3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you understand.
Sometimes we'll dive right in without giving it a second thought, but I'm a firm believer that if we come to God asking for wisdom from His Spirit, before, during, and after Bible study, we'll benefit greatly. Take time to pray, and if you don't understand something, ask the Lord to help you understand. Don't let your prayers be brief and flippant. God says if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, and it will be given to him (James 1:5). Get into the habit of bringing everything to God.
4. Journal each and every phase of your Bible study.
Questions you may have.
Ways you can share.
We often get into the habit of cracking open our Bibles, reading a passage, highlighting a good verse, shutting the Bible, and going about our day. Repeat. That's never what God intended for His Word. It is intended to be studied to know more of Him. The Bible is a literal love letter from God to you. How can we expect to know more of Him when we're in such a hurry? It's a two-way relationship, and just like any other relationship, you must put forth effort as well. Grab a journal for Bible studying and journal notes, observations, questions you may have for an elder person in your church in whom you trust (or to pray about), applications, ways you can share it, etc,. Also, I organized a Bible study printable for you to use that includes a lot of those categories. I pray it can be a helpful resource for your Bible time. Either way, I encourage you to write things down. It gets engraved in your mind that way!
So, let's check in and review real quick:
I pray that when you crack open your Bible, you marvel and wonder at the grace of God. I pray you hunger for His Word and you begin to fall in love with spending time with Him. I pray most of all that you're trusting Him for every little thing. Discover the beauty in following Christ.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours, and I pray they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul!