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July 28, 2009

Reading your Bible: 5 Tips on how to cultivate this critical habit

by Dave Malnes

HOW TO READ YOUR BIBLE:
Tips for cultivating this critical habit in the Christian life

Nothing can really take the place of our own quiet study of God’s Word.  We may measure our growth in grace by the growth of our love for private Bible study; and we may be sure that here is something seriously wrong when we lose our appetite for the Bread of Life.  There are a few ways to help us acquire this holy hunger for God’s Word.

1.             MAKE TIME FOR BIBLE STUDY
His Word must have our freshest and brightest thoughts.  WE must give Him our best and the firstfruits of our days.  So, there is not time for Bible study like the early morning.

2.             LOOK FOR THE TEACHING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
No one can explain the meaning of His words as He who wrote them.  The Holy Spirit speaks to us today as He did when He inspired the words of Holy Scripture written thousands of years ago.

3.             READ THE BIBLE METHODICALLY
On the whole there is probably no better way than to read the Bible through once every year.  His book can become a treasured friend and an inseparable companion.

4.             READ YOUR BIBLE WITH YOUR PEN IN HAND
Enjoy the Bible by marking it neatly; underlining and dating special verses which have cast a light upon their path on special days.

5.             TURN FROM THE PRINTED PAGE TO PRAYER
If a portion of Scripture hangs like a cluster of heavenly fruit, reach and gather it in through prayer.  Place the Bible down and allow your spirit to soar in thanksgiving.

God’s Word strengthens us, renews us and calls us to faith.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can accept the call of obedience and duty through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God will keep nothing back from us and by His Word, He will open to us His deepest and sweetest thoughts.

(Thoughts taken from Rev. F.B. Meyer (1847-1929): The Best From All His Works)

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