Arm Yourself with the Word of God

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arm yourself with the Word of God

Bible study. It’s one of those essential things we’re supposed to do as Christ followers, and yet we often don’t (or don’t do it often enough).

For me, it’s something I’ve had to develop a taste for. Kind of like growing up eating Hershey bars, and then you find out dark chocolate is so much better for you. I was in high school when I first started eating dark chocolate…and it was really strong and bitter at first! But I developed a taste for it…and nowadays, it’s like a delicacy and I eat way too much of it. Hey, at least it has health benefits! 😉

Thank the Lord that we can never consume too much of His word. More is always better, and there are no bellyaches!

taste and see that the Lord is good

Over the years, the more I’ve tasted of the Word, the more I’ve thirsted for it.

If you’re in that place when Bible reading seems daunting, unappealing, or just not as high priority as the latest fiction novel, I want you to know: The more you read God’s word, the more you realize that depth and wealth of truth that it contains! It really is God’s how-to manual for life.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:103-106 (NIV)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (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.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Start Wherever You Are

If you thirst for all the wisdom and knowledge of God found in Scripture, then there is only one thing to do… Dive in!

Study the Word…one day, one chapter, one book at a time. Start wherever you’re at!

If you’ve never read the Bible before, or know very little of it, sign up for a 365-day reading plan, like this one from Biblica, or this handy plan from YouVersion.

Or if you’re more advanced, try picking a particular book of the Bible to study more in depth, like Ezekiel or Revelation. You could also add prayer (known as ‘lectio divina‘) or art journaling to your study time.

You can even use study helps, like The Complete Guide to the Bible, which has summaries and background info of each book, sort of like a cliff notes for the Bible. I find it especially helpful for reference when I’m reading a book that I’m not very familiar with…yet. I also couldn’t do without the notes in my NIV Life Application Bible, and I frequently read verses in the Amplified Bible (which captures the full meaning of the original Greek and Hebrew languages that the Bible was written in).

Recently, I realized that I’d fallen way down on memorizing key verses—something that I used to do in the past. But I’ve encountered so many great verses lately, I felt compelled to start actively memorizing again. Currently on a post-it note on my bathroom mirror: Hebrews 12:11-13, a passage about discipline. Lord knows I need that one!

What part of the Bible are you studying right now?

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