Why Study Bible Passages? Isn't Reading Enough?

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At first glance the bible may look like a book that was taken from the shelves of an ancient library. Lots of words and not even one picture!

With only 24 hours and so much to get done, studying the bible may seem like an unnecessary burden in our Christian lives.

Can’t we just skip studying all together?

In this post we will talk on what makes the bible so different; share some essential reasons why we should begin studying the bible today; and offer a tip on how we can get started.

What makes the Bible so different from other books?

The Bible is simply the written Word of God. And that by itself makes it different from any other book.

Think about it …

Aren't you interested to know what God has to say?

I know I am.

When I began studying my bible it was life changing

I can join with Jen in realizing that there is very real power in sitting at the feet of Jesus.

I started trying to study my bible in my early Christian walk simply  because I was curious. I had questions about everything and I wanted to find the answers myself.

I was not the type to accept anything at face value, just because a minister said it. I wanted to ‘find God’ for myself.

That might sound a little bit rude, but this radical approach lead me to where I am today.

Yes my bible studies started out rocky but it did not take long for me to realize that I really enjoyed the 'seek-and-ye-shall-find' process. Several  things happened:

  • I grew a tremendous love for His Word: craved it like food; like water; like sunlight. It became my friend: literally.
  • I realized that the Word built a defense around me. When trials came in as a flood, the word within me kept me strong and confident.
  • I learned to appreciate God for who He is
  • I became stable: not easily swayed by other's opinions and interpretations of the Word

Surely, if these happened to me while studying the bible, I can happily say that your walk with God is about to take on a new spunk if you choose to do the same.

The Bereans in the Book of Acts Studied The Bible

Acts 17: 11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

You see, it is one thing to be informed of something remarkable and its quite another situation when God opens your eyes to see it yourself.

No one, can take that away.

Reasons Why We Do not Study Bible Passages

You probably do have some good reasons. Do they fall into one or more of these challenges below?

  • Too Busy
  • Unsure where to begin
  • The process if boring and confusing
  • Uncertain whether the content is true

Reasons Why you should Study the Bible

The Bible is the Will of God

Are you trying to know and understand God's will for your life? Then just study the word of God because the Word of God  is the Will of God.

It is an Account of Past Mistakes and Triumphs

The bible offers detailed account of the lives of men of God that walked with God. Just studying their lives and applying their disciplines will help draw you closer to God.

It also provides clear examples of pitfalls we will be wise to avoid.

 It is the Inspired Word of God

Paul told Timothy

2 Timothy 2:15 to “study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth

Wow, there is so much that can be unraveled just from this one scripture. But this is not a bible study lesson and for fear that I get carried away, I will say just this one thing:

Paul used the word ‘study’ not read.

Study means ‘devoting time and attention to acquiring knowledge on a particular subject’

So its not a one time thing. Or just reading a few passage of scripture each day. It’s a desire to know and seek after God's will. It’s constant.

The scripture goes on to say in other words that ‘God approves’. This process is well pleasing to God.

He wants each and every one of us to know him. To really know him. To have an intimate relationship with him. And we can only achieve that if we spend time with him in his Word.

Finally …

We Need Food To Survive

This is a major reason why we should study the Bible. If we do not - how would our Spiritual man be fed?

We are more than just flesh and blood. We are spirit. And when we chose salvation through Jesus Christ our spiritual man became renewed. So we begin to hunger for him and his Word

We begin to thirst after Him just like dry and barren land thirsts for water.

I know it happens to you because it happens to me all the time.

We are hungry!

And the Word of God is our Food.

If we do not eat of it, we would feel empty, bare and frustrated. We would starve.

That’s why you are on the internet right now, looking for either bible lessons or wanting to have your own personal bible study because your spirit man wants to be fed!

Listen to what Jeremiah say:

Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts”

When you feed yourself through the word, you will begin to get stronger. Not only stronger but you will begin to get ‘sensitive’ to the things of God.

You will know when and how he wants you to move, and what he would like you to say. He will begin drawing you to him. Your desire for prayer will shoot through the roof!

It’s all in the plan of God.

If we don’t eat of his word through studying, eventually the desire for more of him will begin to dwindle.

My oh my, David penned it so beautifully when he said:

Psalms 119:103 “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

It really does taste that sweet: like honey!

My heart's desire is that you would come to know that taste. Wow, it is delicious!

I hope that I have managed to renew your desire to seek of God through his word.

Let’s see if we can begin making some time to do so daily.

Finding Time To Study Bible passages: Why not start searching now

What about your lunch hour?

If we were to carry our lunches with us, it would only take about 15 minutes to settle down and eat our meal. Now we have 45 minutes to spare. Instead of using that time to do what we usually do which is

  • Catch up on work
  • Relax
  • Run errands
  • Check in on the kids

Add It To Your Schedule:

It does not have to be every lunch hour. Just schedule one or two days per week for bible study and use that time to not only feed your body but your spirit.

Scope out the area:

Scope out the area that you are going to use: Is it safe? Is it quiet? Will there likely be any disturbances? Is it well lit? Does it have wifi so that you can log on to online bible resources?

Pack your bag with bible study necessaries ( a mini bible, notepad, pen, maybe a bible study aid …or you can opt to use google)

Now that you have chosen a day:

Prepare and pack your lunch ( this not only saves you money but time. So you will not have to use precious minutes getting something for the tummy)

Now you are ready for your bible studying session!

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