With a new year just getting underway, perhaps you are looking for practical advice on how to study the Bible. Taken from Corrie ten Boom’s writings in the book God is My Hiding Place, here are some suggestions which might help.
- Realize the Bible is God’s love letter to you. It is a living book full of rich treasures.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for his help in reading it.
- Choose a book to study and read one chapter or part of a chapter.
- Ask yourself what the most beautiful verse was to you and why.
- Look through the passage again and consider whether there is a promise for you in that section. A verse that seems to leap from the page and excite you or fill you with faith.
- Examine the passage to see if there is a warning in it that you need to pay attention to or implement in your life.
- Ask yourself whether a prayer came into your heart while reading a particular verse of section.
Corrie concludes that Bible study is not difficult. Understanding the Bible does not depend on the wisdom of our minds. We must not worry about what we do not understand in the Bible. Instead, we should be concerned about what we do understand but do not live by.
Do you have a particular method for studying the Bible? What has and what has not worked for you?
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The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from 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 helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (TLB)
You can find my January Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.
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