Good Christians know they “should” read their Bibles. For many, it is a daunting task as though they read, they may not understand, so the words don’t have a place to land. They tend to depend on devotionals instead. While devotionals are a great supplemental tool, they should never take the place of your personal conversations with God through His word.
This skill simplifies the approach to scriptures.
Grab your Bible and a journal.
If you are not sure where to start, start in the Psalms. You will see King David’s raw humanity that despite his weaknesses would choose to worship God with confidence.
Another great book to dive deep into meditating on truths to live a Spirit-Filled Life is the book of Ephesians.
What is the scripture focus?
Where is the scripture found? Making note of the date and location of your daily study creates historical records of daily encounters with His voice in your life. You may like to copy the passage to focus on the words that stand out to you.
What does the scripture say?
Make observations. What stands out to you about the verse? What is the context of this scripture? Who was the first audience for this passage?
What does this scripture mean to me?
Apply the meaning to your life. What is God saying to me?
What can I say to God about this scripture?
Talk to God about what you have read and what you felt He said to you. Prayer is a dialogue. Ask Him for guidance and wisdom to apply what you have learned. Confess sins that were brought to light and ask for forgiveness. Ask for grace and wisdom as you set out to make the necessary changes in your life because of what was revealed to you today! Express gratitude because He spoke His love to You through the scriptures.