5 Practical Steps to Get Started
I think I’m supposed to read the Bible. I want to understand. But I don’t.
Have you ever said those things?
When I was curious about who God really was I did a lot of research. And I tried to do it all. I learned if I really wanted to KNOW God I simply had to know His word and spend quiet time with Him.
I had to enter into a relationship with Him.
I read my Bible, a ton of books, I watched videos and anything I could get my hands on to help me understand what God was saying, and to help me connect with His heart. Step one was getting to KNOW God for myself.
Where do you start? I found a few things that worked for me. I hope this helps you.
Go to your local church every Sunday. There are some incredible teachers and preachers right in your neighborhood.
No matter how incredible a teacher your preachers are, a Sunday sermon isn’t enough. They’re a great start. Your local church is necessary (Hebrews 10:25) to your growth.
Consider this, if you only charged your cell phone on Sunday morning, would it continue to work for the next 7 days? Probably not. Even the best cell phones on the market need a daily recharge and the more you use it the faster the battery is depleted. Our hearts and souls are like our cell phones, we need a daily recharge otherwise, we run on empty.
Here are 5 things you can try, on your own, to help you get started and keep you moving forward in your journey to KNOW God (not just the words collected in a book, but to really know His heart).
So go ahead find a system that works for you and get your daily charge as you get to KNOW GOD.
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TIP 1: START A DAILY DEVOTIONAL ROUTINE
Practicing a Daily Devotional routine includes the following four steps:
- Make the time to read scriptures.
- Meditate on your reading.
- Pray about what you’ve read.
- Be still and listen for what He might have to whisper to your heart.
For more about developing a daily routine read this post to learn how to developing a Daily Devotional Time.
TIP 2: INVEST IN TOOLS TO DEEPEN YOUR PERSONAL STUDY TIME
Have you ever thought about how incredible it to know that the God who created the heavens and the universe, the God who holds the sun, moon and stars in place wants to speak with us?
He not only wants to speak, He wants a real relationship with us. That’s what we’re doing when we spend time in the scriptures; we’re developing a relationship.
Here are some of my favorite Bible Study Tools. You should find what lights up your heart but if my list can help you get started then go ahead and borrow some ideas.
TIP 3: HEART CHECK
While gathering tools and resources are going to help you while you study you want to be careful. Bible Study isn’t just about knowledge. Knowing what scriptures say is only a fraction of the formula.
We must always prepare our hearts and be open to a heart check while we study. Everything we do flows from what’s in our hearts. That’s why God has always been most interested in our hearts so this step is all about your heart. Scriptures tell us a few things very clearly:
TIP 4: CONSIDER ADDING SOME ONLINE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR STUDY TIME
If you’re not necessarily a reader yet but you enjoy watching TV or you understand better by hearing then you can also search for any of your favorite teachers on YouTube. I also added some solid teachers and preachers on my social media accounts so that I’d have scriptures coming to me every day.
Go ahead and find those teachers/preachers that help you understand, that inspire your curiosity and understanding. They’re on Facebook and Instagram, they have Podcasts and YouTube channels.
Make reading, listening or watching a daily habit. As you spend time in the Scriptures, the Word of God will spend time in you, healing you, changing your mind, building your faith and transforming your life.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. ~John Maxwell
TIP 5: SET GOALS and CREATE NEW HABITS.
Read scriptures daily; be it in the morning, during your commute, on your lunch break, or right before you go to bed. When doesn’t matter as much as it does to actually read. Develop a routine and track your reading. Develop personal habits that work for you.
I’ve always been a stationery nerd so I use colorful ink to take notes in my Bibles and devotionals. Using colorful pens and fun sticky notes makes my devotional time a creative experience.
WHY? Not sure why this is important? This isn’t about rules or memorizing words, this is about KNOWING your creator and living the life He designed for you.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Knowing God through His word will change your life.
So go ahead, read, know God’s heart, and be anchored to truth. Find what works for you and dig in.
In the end isn’t that what we all really want and need anyway; to know God so intimately that we are living the life He dreamed for us for His glory?
Be still and KNOW,
Updated with links May, 2018.
If you’re curious about my creative Bible Study process you might enjoy this article about Bible Journaling.