Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In My Bible Every Day

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Helpful Tips For Bible Reading:
1. Location, Location, Location – great for Real Estate, better for Bible reading. In forming habits, triggers are helpful. The kitchen table, your easy chair, or some other familiar, quiet place will trigger your mind and heart. “This is my regular, daily place to read and study my Bible.” Find a regular place for your reading.
2. Shush! Turn of the TV (and hopefully the kids too!) Obviously, it is hard to concentrate if there are a lot of other things going on. Try to make your Bible reading the one and only event happening during your devotions.
3. Pray! The Lord wants to speak to your heart, life and situation each and every day. His primary method is through His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through today’s reading. It may be that, of all the chapters you read, He will use one verse, or just a portion of a verse to help you today.
4. Meditate. Chew thoughtfully on that portion of Scripture the Lord has impressed on your heart.
5. Ask some questions. Asking the questions: Who? What? When? Where? And Why? Will give you the proper context of the passages you read which can really aid in your understanding and edification.
6. Apply in Person. Make sure you put the Word to work. Make it practical. Find a way to live what God has shown you.
7. Hang in there. The enemy does not want you feeding on the Word. Your growth is inevitable. He will do everything he can to distract or discourage you. Don’t give up, rich rewards await you during and at the conclusion of your journey through the Bible.

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