Pastor's Blog
October 28, 2017, 12:00 PM

Study God's Word


Trina shared a message about Craving God’s Word with me. I don't know who the author is or I would give them credit. I pass on an edited version to you. I hope you enjoy.

So how do we teach ourselves to crave the Word of God?  Here are a few suggestions:

1. Pray.  Ask God to create in you a deep desire and longing to soak up Scripture.  Ask Him to speak to you and bind your heart to His as you read His Word.  Ask Him to draw you back into your Bible if it’s been a while since you’ve spent time with Him in this way.

2. Remind yourself that reading your Bible is a privilege. There are many countries where simply owning a Bible can bring severe persecution and repercussions.  We live in a place where we can freely and openly read our Bible, we are privileged.  This is a privilege that you would severely miss if it were taken away.  Take advantage of this amazing blessing and study your Bible often.

3. Set aside time to read each and every day.  Decide on a time, decide how long you plan to read, and then allow nothing but emergencies to disrupt this time.  I know this can be super hard with your busy life, but it is so very necessary. Ultimately, we make time for what’s important to us.  And we can usually find time to check our social media feeds, email, or text messages, so we can definitely find time to study God’s Word.  Choose a time that works for you and stick with it.

4. Just start reading.  Make yourself get started and then let God’s beautiful words take over and, odds are, you won’t want to stop. 

5. Give yourself enough time to make Bible reading into a habit.  I’ve read that developing a habit takes around 30 days.  So, as you start your daily readings, don’t get discouraged if you don’t start to crave it after a couple of days or a week.  Give yourself at least a month of daily reading for you to start to really crave your daily quiet time with God. 

6. Use a Bible study, devotional, or Bible journaling technique.  There is absolutely no substitute for simply reading your Bible, but these tools can help you to dig deeper and develop a greater understanding of what God is trying to teach you through your daily readings. Give these 6 strategies a try and work towards cultivating a deep and abiding craving for the incredible Word of God!

Your Pastor; Paul



Comments

01-10-2018 at 2:19 PM
Kirstin Dodd-Schubert
Love this post. Very insightful
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