Hi friends!! So, I usually keep my blog posts the same, as in the same idea.. However, tonight, i’m going to do something a bit different. I’ve been reached out from a couple people asking how to get started& ideas on how to study the Bible. So I thought it’d be interesting/cool to share with you all how I, personally, study the Bible. I know each person is different& find their own unique and creative way to mediate on the Word, but for those who don’t know where to start – feel free to read on! Lol.
Before I begin anything, I pray. I thank God for the blessings He has given to me, known and unknown. I pray for those around me, and for His Will to be done. I pray that He will allow the Holy Spirit to move within me while learning more about Him. I pray that I will become more like Jesus everyday. Getting the gist? Always, always, start in prayer.
Below, the first picture, is how I used to study my Bible. Each color highlighter meant something different. So while reading though, any verse I came upon that fit one of these categories, I’d highlight it with which color it coordinated with. Example, I was reading through Hebrews and chapter 3, verse 19 says “So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter His rest.” I highlighted that verse blue, because it was in the category of Satan, evil, sin, resisting God. See where I went with it? I know that every verse in the Bible could be highlighted in all colors but I didn’t wanna go out of control 😉
So the second picture is the most recent way I do it. As I’m reading a book in the Bible, I usually read one chapter at a time. While doing so, I will jot down some notes on what sticks out to me, and what I can relate to. (the left side of the journal.) I used to write out sentences, but it then became too much to write and re-read. I will also highlight in my Bible and add side notes on certain verses. While reading, I try to stop every couple of verses and try to comprehend what is being said. -((main advice: do NOT rush it. Re-read the verse over a couple of times. See where you can align that verse into your life, relate it to yourself. Meditate on what you’re reading. Look up definitions on what words you don’t know or understand, search for more.))
To the right of the journal, I write my favorite verse of that chapter. The verse that speaks volume to me – the verse that I can relate to. Don’t feel the need to memorize every verse you read, but when I do this, i try to remember them so I am able to repeat the verse in my head during the day. That way, I can think and go back to what I read that evening/morning and it helps me get through the day.
Today, I actually started this new thing. I was doing a Bible study with my good friend, Shayla, and she actually gave me this idea! (So give her credit, not me!) Anyways, I started writing how that certain chapter could relate to my life. For example, I read Proverbs earlier and during chapter 2, I related it to my life by telling myself to stay on my path and listen to Gods wisdom. To keep my eyes on Him and not get disrupted and be influenced. With every verse you read – you will be able to relate it to your life after you examine it& look into it. Each person interprets verses differently and how they relate – and that is okay! Just make sure you aren’t mixing up what Jesus, Solomon, Paul, or whoever is writing, wrong.
I also end with prayer. I end it with thanksgiving & praying for certain people that are on my heart. I also just talk with God, just to talk. (My favorite.)
So this is what I do – how I learn about God more& grow in my relationship with Him. If I can be honest, I just started to get into the Bible. It was REALLY hard for me to get the desire to read it & actually take my time with it. I literally have tried so many different ways and each one is different. Ya gotta change it up somehow! Once i found that fun, unique way to read it, that’s all I do. I don’t even do devotional books anymore! Just me, God, and my Bible. Once you find that creative way to study the Bible, it will be more fun& you will find that motivation to do it. Pray for the desire to be there & let God lead you, my friend.
Praying for you always!
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.