"And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit - which is the Word of God" (Ephesians 6:17).
In my own life, as I have come to know God better and to live more fully in the power and control of the Holy Spirit, my daily devotional Bible reading and study is not a duty or a chore, but a blessing; not an imposition on my time, but an invitation to fellowship in the closest of all ways with our holy, heavenly Father and our wonderful Savior and Lord.
Remember, God delights to have fellowship with us. The success of our studying God's Word and of prayer is not to be determined by some emotional experience which we may have (though this frequently will be our experience), but by the realization that God is pleased that we want to know Him enough to spend time with Him in Bible study and prayer.
Here are some important, practical suggestions for your individual devotional reading and study of the Bible:
- Begin with a prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you an understanding of God's Word.
- Keep a Bible study notebook.
- Read the text slowly and carefully; then reread and take notes.
- Find out the true meaning of the text. Ask yourself:
(a) Who or what is the main subject?
(b) Of whom or what is the writer speaking?
(c) What is the key verse?
(d) What does the passage teach you about Jesus Christ?
(e) Does it bring to light personal sin that you need to confess and forsake?
(f) Does it contain a command for you to obey?
(g) Does it give a promise you can claim?
- List practical applications, commands, promises.
- Memorize the Scriptures - particularly key verses.
- Obey the commands and follow the instructions you learn in God's Word.
Today's Action Point
With His help, I will begin to make time in God's Word - quality time - a priority in my life.