As a Christian, the Bible is our manual to properly live our life. The Bible speaks about many relevant topics, such as faith, money, wisdom, and the end times (last days). Our Bible is also a tool to fight the enemy in this spiritual battle. The Bible helps us to understand how God want us to live a holy and acceptable life for Him. The Word of God is intimidating for a lot of people even Christians. It’s a HUGE Book with a lot of information. There’s some questions I’m going to answer for you, pertaining to the Bible such as, how to read the Bible, where to start, and how it is relevant.
Let’s jump right in! First, everyone wants to know how to read the Bible. I never knew how to retain the information that I was reading. In order to read the Bible, you have to pray that God to speak to you. If you don’t open your mind while reading the Bible, you will never understand what’s going on. While reading the Bible, take notes on sections of the chapter. For example, let’s say you start reading from Genesis 1, you read over 1-5 verses, and take notes on what you believe God is saying to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify what’s going on in these verses.
Tip: Don’t read a whole chapter in one day, read over 5 verses a day, and if you feel like you need to stay on those 5 verses for some days or months, do that! There is no rush in reading the Bible. You don’t want to miss what God wants to tell you. Stop competing with your friends about reading the Bible. The Word of God is like medicine or vitamins. Take it every day, so you can start your day off right.
- Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear God speaking immediately on the scripture that you’ve read. If you’re not understanding, pray on it and come back to the scripture. This is how you get into the practice of studying the Bible and not just reading it. Reading the Bible is always fine, but you should getting something from it, so that you can apply it to your daily life.
- Highlight scriptures that resonate with you. Highlighting makes reading the Bible a little more fun in my opinion. Come back to the scripture that you highlighted, so that you can memorize it and understand a deeper meaning from the scripture.
Reading the Bible can seem like a lot of work. It is going to take time to adjust to reading your Bible. Don’t let the enemy fool you that you’re never going to understand it. Besides, the Word is not meant to be understood 100%. God will allow you to know some things through scripture in His timing. Sometimes when I read the Bible, I don’t get it quickly and then at a random time, the Holy Spirit tells me what the scripture meant. Allow God to teach you His Word. Don’t try to teach the Bible to yourself, because that’s how people misinterpret verses. They go by their own meanings, and not God’s meaning. Our meanings are different from God’s meanings.
Another question, a lot of people ask is where do I start? Some people will tell you start at the beginning, others will say start from the New Testament, but I think those are both difficult to start with. People read the Bible differently and that’s okay. You should start with something easier to read and digest which would be Ecclesiastes first. Ecclesiastes gives wisdom on life, God’s timing, how to enjoy your life, meaningless things and so many others. There’s 11 chapters in the book and each chapter isn’t really long. Next, you should read Proverbs, another amazing book about wisdom, how to treat people, the differences between the foolish men and the wise men, and there’s Proverbs 31( you know the one where every woman aspires to be Proverbs 31 woman). If you didn’t know, it’s a chapter of how a woman should take care of the house and her children in a godly manner. Then you take it back to Psalms which has 150 chapters. You don’t have to read all of them in one sitting. Just take a dip into Psalms, so you can get comfortable with reading the Bible.
The Bible should never be overwhelming and it should never be a hassle on where to start. Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Psalms are the three easiest books to read in the Bible. Will you get confused sometimes in these books? Yeah, but like I said the Bible is not meant for you to understand all the way through. It’s a way for you to begin a relationship with God, so you can know your purpose.
I roll my eyes at people who say “the Bible is not relevant.” It’s more relevant than we know. The first thing that comes to mind is the woman who dealt with an issue of blood and she touched Jesus robe, and she was healed (Mark 5:25-34). All we have to do is pray to Jesus for healing and He heals. Does He do it immediately all the time? No, maybe there’s a lesson connected to your healing. Maybe there’s an increase of faith, but He will heal! It may not always be your physical body. It could be a broken heart or a broken mindset. It could be a broken friendship. There’s so many possibilities to the way Jesus can heal.
Recently, my tongue was hurting and I noticed I must’ve been biting it in my sleep. It was a bunch of bumps on it and I asked Jesus for healing, and two days later it was healed. I called Jesus for help and He helped me by healing me. No we can’t touch Jesus like the woman did, but His name is powerful and all we have to do is call on Him and He will rescue us!
Here’s an interesting one. Today perverted people are having sexual intercourse with animals and the Bible says clearly in Leviticus 18:23 “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.” Now if the Bible was so outdated, why would that not relate to the dark and perverse world that we live in?
Luke 21:11 says “There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famine, and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.” Okay all of this is happening right now in our world. Jesus spoke about the future in Luke 21:5-36. He talks about how people will say that they are Jesus walking on this Earth. He even talks about the signs in the sun, moon , and stars, which is the Eclipses and the Blood moons. Also the tsunamis and hurricanes that will happen. All of this is happening NOW and people really think the Bible is irrelevant.
I really could go on and on about the relevance in the Bible, but I won’t. You’ll be reading this post all day! I hope that this post encouraged you to get in the Bible! Don’t be scared. Just read it. I believe sometimes you have to go through some things to understand the Bible. You’ll connect with the people in the Bible when you’ve been through some things. Don’t allow people to overwhelm you with all these study methods about reading the Bible. Read the Bible at your own pace. Always ask God the meaning of scriptures, that you don’t understand. He is not just your Father in Heaven, but also your Teacher. He’s the author, so He knows everything that’s in the Bible. There’s not a thing that God doesn’t know. I encourage you to take this blog post in and allow it to guide you as you start your Bible journey. God loves you and I do too! Have an amazing week!
Prayer: Thank You Lord for using me to tell Your people about how to read the Bible. Your Word is powerful, and it is strong! Everything that You say in there is true! Help Your people to read the Bible and be at ease while they are reading. Lord Jesus, speak to them as they read Your Word! Be with them through every verse. Reveal to them on what You want them to know! Lord Jesus help Your people to apply scripture to their daily life. Put a scripture on their heart to meditate on day and night! For those that believe that the Bible is irrelevant, speak to them Jesus, open their eyes to Your truth. Thank You Lord for the Bible. Thank for allowing us to still use these Bibles. Help us to take these Bibles in until we can’t anymore. Help us to take in every scripture and every parable, so that we can show ourselves approved! In Jesus name, we love You, and we thank You, Amen!
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 AMP-“All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];”
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