The Bible beyond the most published book of all generations, is the primary authority for what we believe, a history of faith and truth, a library of God’s story with us, and a roadmap for the abundant life and plan that the creator of the Universe has paved for us. It shows us how Jesus wants us to live and love others. Most importantly the Bible is God’s love letter to you.The most amazing thing about this about this letter from God is that it’s a living document. In the book of Hebrews 4:12 it says “For the word of God is alive and powerful.” It’s not just words on a page. It carries with it, the power of God to work inside you and begin to change you from the inside out. Every time you read it, God can speak to you in a new and different way.The idea of reading the bible on your own might seem intimidating, but there’s really no wrong way to study it. You can read anything that’s going to help you. If you’re dealing with anger or fear, flip to the back of your Bible’s concordance and locate those words to see which scriptures talk about those things. The most important thing is that you read it. Here are four tips to help you get started.
SET ASIDE TIME
Just like you make an appointment to see a doctor for a check-up, make an appointment to spend time studying God’s word. Many people at House of Triumph Church spend time with God’s word in the mornings, but if that doesn’t work for you, find a time that does…even if it’s not every day. If you just start reading, you will see the benefits that regular bible study can bring to your life!
In the Bible, many of God’s most faithful servants had to get away from the distractions of their every day lives to a still and quiet place before they could hear important revelation and instruction from God. Nowadays, we don’t have to go to a mountain top like Moses did to hear from Him, but you should have a space in your home where you can be alone to study God’s word.
At House of Triumph we like to say “note takers are history makers”. Whether it’s a journal you write in daily or a word document on your computer, you should have a space dedicated for taking notes on the bible. Taking notes on the passages you are reading will not only help you retain the information you are learning, it will become a reference you can refer back to when you need insight from God.
PREPARE YOUR HEART
In Ephesians, apostle Paul tells us that when we open the “eyes of our heart” we gain insight into the person and place God has called us to be(Ephesians 1:18). It’s not always easy, but when you have an open heart to God’s word, you give him an opening to transform your life. Before you start reading His word, talk to God about things you may need to confess. This way you enter your study time in the best position to receive revelation from God.