How I read the Bible
Psalm 119: 81,88,89,97: My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Preserve my life according to your love, and I will obey the statutes of your mouth. Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
This is a repeat post, but one that needs to be shared more than once as it details one of the most important activities we can do as Christians – reading the Word of God. My prayer as you read this is that you are encouraged even deeper into the Bible and through this even deeper into the holy presence of God.
I have been involved in preaching, sharing devotions for years, and most of the time I found the preparation seriously hard work. Even just producing one sermon each week created a lot of stress for me. I was caught up in the idea that I had to make it interesting and entertaining. So how is it I can now produce so many mini reflections on the Word each week with very little stress? The difference is that I am only focused on reading the Bible and growing in my relationship with God and not at all interested in entertaining. I don’t think so much about how to make them interesting to read, but more I focus on what God is showing me.
How I read the Bible
So how do I read the Bible?
– I find a quiet place
– I look at my watch and work out when I will stop
– I come before God and admit my sin and seek forgiveness
– I pray the Holy Spirit will guide me
– Then, I either read systematically through a book or I allow God to reveal a passage
– I read the passage until stuff starts to appear.. ideas and thoughts as they relate to me
– I read the greek or hebrew version (I use a Greek and English Interlinear like this one: click here. Note this isn’t a product endorsement!! Just the one I find works for me.)
– I ask God to reveal stuff and often something that has happened to me that day connects with the reading
– And then I write a reflection and nearly always it just flows out of me!
The Bible isn’t so much about information but transformation – I am transformed through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit working through the Bible’s pages. To read the Word is to be exposed to the tranformative power of God! It cannot be rushed, it takes time and dedication – it truly is a journey deeper into God’s Word.
God bless you in your journey!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The Portion for the today is: 1 Corinthians 15-16
To access the complete plan for the year click here.