TEXT Psalm 119.105 NLT “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
– ACCESS THE BIBLE REGULARLY.
Why read the Bible? What is your goal? What is your mindset as you approach God’s Word?
10 Reasons to Pick Up Your Bible Today by Charles Crabtree, PE 12.11.05
- The enemy of your soul does not want you to be a person of the Word.
- The Bible is a priceless treasure.
- The Bible is your resource for absolute truth.
- The Bible is your manual for living.
- As a child of God, you should keep up on all the blessings your Heavenly Father desires for all His children.
- The word of God is powerful.
- The Scriptures should be your “food for thought.”
- Those who neglect the written Word of God will soon have serious questions about the living Word: Jesus Christ.
- Every person has a desire to know about the future.
- How would you like to hear God speak to you?
– ABSORB THE BIBLE REALISTICALLY.
2 Timothy 2.15 MEV “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
John 16.13-14 “13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.”
– APPLY THE BIBLE READILY.
2 Timothy 3.15-16 NLT “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. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
6 Principles for Applying the Bible, adapted from Radio Bible Class Ministries
- Seek the help of the Holy Spirit. Combine Bible reading and prayer.
- Interpret the Bible as literally as contextually possible.
- Consider the immediate context. Remember the original readers.
- Keep the whole Bible in mind. Get the big picture first.
- Concentrate on essential truths.
- Enjoy Biblical imagery: word pictures, metaphors, similes, figures of speech; style and genre.
Isaiah 55.11 NLT “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”