Struggling with a situation? Burdens lay heavy on your back? Keep your Bible near, but know the scriptures in your heart.
(ESV) Psalm 119: 11, “I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
The last part of studying the Bible relates to having eyes that see.
We’ve covered in How To Study The Bible Pt. 1 | Bible Summary there is purpose in the Bible. All pieces connect and knowing the outline helps our understanding.
We’ve realized how crucial prayer is in How To Study The Bible Pt. 2 | Prayer because we need to have ears that hear. We need to listen to what God has to say.
Once we are willing to listen, we are ready to start learning scripture, and God will help us.
Fruits Of The Spirit
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When we understand and are guided by God, we begin to produce fruit God wants.
There are gifts God gives us when we make our life about Him.
(NLT) 2 Timothy 3:15, “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”
Wisdom is experience, good knowledge, and good judgement. The longer we are in the word of God, the more wise we will become. This isn’t something we create within ourselves, rather a gift God shares with us.
(ESV) Proverbs 1:05, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,”
There is connection with wisdom, and the connection is simply that we do not stop. We do not stop reading the Bible. We continue to move forward. God is fully aware that our life is not always easy, and therefore He will not leave us alone to understand His word. He will give us understanding through His guidance. It is a promise He keeps.
When we put focus on God, we will see the focus He has been putting on us.
So how do we go about learning scripture? There are two main pieces. The second piece will be covered in another blog.
1. Memorization of Scripture
Clear Understanding of Scripture. Who, What, When, Where, How, Why
-Example Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Read Chapter 6 of Daniel for full story)
Where did this take place? (Answer: Babylon, this was during the 70 years of captivity foretold by previous prophets)
What led Daniel to being in the lions’ den? (Answer: it was decreed no one should pray to anyone except King Darius, Daniel was caught praying to God)
Why did the decree happen? (Answer: the men who used to be held high in the eyes of the king were failing. Therefore, they wanted to set up Daniel, and get rid of him)
How was Daniel saved? (Answer: Daniel believed in God, and God sent an angel down to close the mouths of the lions)
Who did Daniel work for? (Answer: King Darius, this was the third king Daniel worked for)
These key points are needed because we need to know more than the basis of a chapter or a story. Like the first part of understanding Bible study, there is a history and a purpose involved. When we are knowledgable in scripture, we are able to connect the dots. We are able to see exactly how God made everything come together.
But memorizing is more than understanding these pieces. We need to know scripture well.
Actual memorizing scripture and knowing it from memory
There are times we do not have a Bible nearby. But we still need scripture. People may ask us questions about God, and we need to give them answers.
Knowing scripture and memorizing scriptures helps us be prepared. It gives us the answers we need. We train our body for health. We train our soul for spiritual growth.
(NIV) 1 Timothy 4:07-08, “Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Scripture helps us in everything. All situations we may face, both good and bad. Teaching us of how we should act, even if we go against the majority. We are called to stand out for a reason.
This isn’t simply reading words on a page, but working on communication with God.
These are the first steps we take to walk through the narrow path.
There is one more piece to Bible study left to go.
Are you ready?
~T. R. Noble
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