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Why You Should Study the Bible and How to Do It Effectively

Last week I wrote about the Bible being the most hated book in the world. Most of us take the freedom we have to read the Word for granted. We fail to see the blessing of owning a Bible and allow it to sit on our nightstand collecting dust.

Or only read it on Sunday.

We don’t intend to neglect this precious Gift, but we often do. We allow ourselves to make excuses. We are too busy. We are too tired. We don’t know how to have an effective quiet time. Some days it can just feel like a hassle. Another thing on our to-do list.

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I think we sometimes forget that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the actual words of God. The only words of God.

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”  –2 Timothy 3:16

The Greek word used in this verse is Theopneustos, which literally means “God-breathed.” Those words on the pages of that Book you are reading is God speaking to you. What a wonderfully, incomprehensible truth!

If your soul is feeling parched. Your mind, frazzled. Your body, weary. You need to to be satisfied with the Living Water. You don’t need to read another devotional. You don’t need a Christian self-help book. You need the Word of God. You need to spend time with El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One.

Several years ago, I read a quote by Kay Arthur (I wish I could find it!) in which she made a very poignant statement. She said that whenever we prefer reading other books over studying the Bible, we are saying that we prefer man’s words over God’s Words. As I have shared before, as an avid reader, this really hit home with me. Using devotionals or reading other Christian living books to aid our spiritual growth is not wrong, however our first objective should be to seek the instruction of the Lord through His Word–the Bible.

We need to continually determine in our hearts to give God’s Word priority over man’s words. I want to be able to say with the Psalmist,

“I have not turned aside from Your ordinances. For You Yourself have taught me.” –Psalm 119:102

In light of this, I’ve decided to take a couple of months to focus on how to study the Bible. If you struggle with finding a effective way to organize your quiet time or just need some fresh ideas to renew your passion for God’s Word, I’m writing for you. (To be perfectly honest, I need to review. So, I’m writing for myself and you get to read along!)

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The Discover Deeper Devotions series will cover several diverse methods of studying the Bible and include tips for gaining a deeper understanding of what you are reading and how to apply it to your life.

I hope you will join me on this journey of learning how to effectively spend quality time with God and apply what you learn to your life.

What do you want to learn most in this series? Let me know in a comment and I will make every attempt to cover it!

 

 

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Jenni is a writer who passionately strives to encourage and equip Christian women to live for the glory of God by fulfilling their call in every season of life. She is happily married to the love of her life and delights in being a stay-at-home mama. She is fascinated with all things domestic and strives to live a life of Gospel-centered simplicity. In her free time, she enjoys deep conversations, decaf lattes and diving into a good book. Read more...

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  1. What a great series! For me, the hardest part is finding a designated time and then how to dig deep in the time I have. I guess I just need a plan – I tend to flip around based on what I’m going through at the moment. Really looking forward to this!
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  2. I try to make it the first thing I do, because that time with Him and his words is like nothing else. I guard it like a precious jewel. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Shelly Miller recently posted..Letting Go of the PastMy Profile

  3. Jenni I love this! This has been very near and dear to our hearts over at IBG too. It is so important to focus on learning from Him first! Thanks for taking us through this series! I look forward to it!
    Nikki @ Intentional By Grace recently posted..How to Organize a Freezer Meal SwapMy Profile

    • I am overjoyed that God laid this on our hearts at the same time. Don’t you love how He works things out like this? I hope the series will be an encouragement to you, Nikki. :)

  4. I think this post is just what I needed to hear! I so often gravitate toward Christian self-help books and devotionals, which are very helpful too, but I need to reach for God’s word first. I am looking forward to the series and learning along with you. I struggle most be being still and quiet in my times with God–I often feel as if I “talk over” Him.
    Elizabeth Anne May recently posted..Celebrating Halloween: A Christian Take on a Non-Christian HolidayMy Profile

    • Elizabeth, I can identify with struggling to be still and quiet during my devotions. So often I am in a hurry because I want to finish before my daughter wakes up. I fear that I often miss out on something the Lord wanted to teach me because of this. So glad we can make this journey toward deeper devotions together!

  5. I love your heart, Jenni and am excited about this series! I can tell when I go a day or two without reading His word. Even if I’ve read a plethora of other inspirational things those days. There is something to reading the words that are God-breathed as they seem to breathe life right into us…
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  6. I think using devotionals and the like are easier for most people because it gives direction. We use them as a checklist to say “I finished my three pages today!” and then move on. Just studying the Bible by itself can sometimes feel overwhelming because there is so much! And when it is all good, where do you start?!! I am just now trying to teach myself to love and study the Bible just on its own. I would love to hear your tips and advice on how to do just that!!
    AlyssaZ recently posted..Caramel-Apple CookiesMy Profile

    • Alyssa, I agree. Using devotional is definitely easier. And while I believe there is a place for them, nothings is quite like reading the Bible. I hope this series will be helpful to you. If you have anything specific you want me to cover, feel free to let me know! :)

  7. I have been on a journey in my life to understand and discover more about the Bible. A few years ago I would read the Bible and never quiet get it – I always felt like I was missing something. As an avid bookworm too I think I was approaching it like any other book rather than what was necessary for the Word of God. Kay Arthur’s teaching has inspired me and helped me to learn how to read and study the Bible in a way that I never had before. I don’t always get it right and still have periods where I just don’t manage a quiet time but I treasure the Word of God and the effect it has on my life. I’m excited about this series, Jenni!
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  8. Hi Jenni! So good to find your blog! I look forward to your Bible Study series. I started a similar series on my blog a few weeks ago and have received good feedback. There are so many great resources online to help study the Word. I’d love to stay connect with you! Blessings!

  9. This is great Jenni! There are a lot of people who don’t know how to study the bible! Looking forward to following along so I can get some new tips! :)
    Mindy @ New Equus – A New Creation recently posted..A prayer for serenity.My Profile

  10. I think that this is great! I came to your blog from a link up today. I have a hard time finding time and I just don’t know how to study the Bible. It seems overwhelming sometimes. Anyway, looking forward to this and I’m a new follower :) Have a wonderful day!
    Jennifer V recently posted..Something I have realized lately,My Profile

  11. Really appreciate this post.
    denise recently posted..On Your Heart TuesdayMy Profile

  12. Really love this: “If your soul is feeling parched. Your mind, frazzled. Your body, weary. You need to to be satisfied with the Living Water. You don’t need to read another devotional. You don’t need a Christian self-help book. You need the Word of God. You need to spend time with El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One.” So true, but so often forgotten!
    Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace recently posted..Making a List of What I Love {Like} about My HusbandMy Profile

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Leigh Ann. I often feel that I’m all over the place when I write. I’m thankful that God uses my words anyway!

  13. What a great reminder of our source of true strength and wisdom. VIsiting from Leaving a Legacy. Thanks so much for the encouragement today!
    Marty Walden recently posted..Outside My Comfort Zone……AgainMy Profile

  14. This is exciting!! I have written a few posts on the Quiet Time recently and plan to write a few more. I love reading the Bible but am not really that good at studying it. I love to copy down verses and sometimes write a little about them, or write a prayer. I have filled many notebooks over the past twelve years.

    I have been thinking about organizing some of my posts on the same topic with a button but could you tell me how you link them to it??

    Thank you so much for linking up with me over at WholeHearted Home this week. Your posts are always a real blessing and I am always happy to see you’re the next post to read.
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  15. “Preferring man’s words over God’s Words”…such a convicting statement! Oh so often I find myself excusing choosing some other reading material over God’s Word, because I need to relax or have some quiet time or… So thanks for this reminder to make daily time in God’s Word a priority.

    • I can SO relate… I had to take a break from reading books for awhile. I am slowly starting back up, but making sure I guard my heart and keep GOD’s Word as my main source of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your heart, Carrie.

  16. Love the word picture created by Living Water and “If your soul is feeling parched.” Great reminder of the sufficiency of God’s wonderful Word. Thanks, Gail
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    • Sufficient, yes! I am studying the names of God right now and that just finished El Shaddai (The All-Sufficient One). What a wonderful revelation and reminder it is to know that our God is the Supplier of our every need!

  17. This looks wonderful! Look forward to seeing your suggestions.
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  18. Hi Jenni – it’s me, Jenni. =)

    I rarely find other Jenni’s who spell their name like us! Happy to meet you.

    This is the second time I have (unknowingly!) linked back to this page, from two different sources. Hmmm, what is the Lord trying to tell me?? I love it when He gives me a “fleece”.

    I am deeply involved in Precept studies – have been a student for almost 10 years. I love to study the Bible no matter what “method”, though. The Lord speaks to those who will listen! I can’t wait to hear more in your series.

    I am a working mom and foster mom, which means I do not have any time to myself unless I get up extra early. And I hate getting up early! I hope through your series to find the encouragement to get outa’ tha bed and spend precious moments with Jesus! So, any ideas for early morning studies would be appreciated. Thanks for doing this!

    “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
    or stand in the way of sinners
    or sit in the seat of mockers.
    But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.
    He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
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    • Jenni… LOVE your name! ;-) So glad to “meet” you. I enjoy Precept studies as well and plan to cover them in the near future! I also struggle with getting up in the morning as my daughter still wakes up quite a bit during the night. Thanks for sharing that passage of Scripture. What a wonderful promise!

  19. I always have a difficult time just opening and reading on my own. We read a chapter a night as a family, but to sit down on my own, I prefer to have a study to go through. I am on my second study inviting friends across the country to come along through my blog. This has kept me a little more focused lately. Interested to read some of your series!
    Heather recently posted..Session 5: Mrs. Fix-ItMy Profile

    • Heather, my husband and I read together every night as well. It has been a blessing. I believe going through a study can definitely be helpful in studying the Bible. That’s great that you are able to find accountability through your blogging. So glad you will be joining us for this series!

  20. Crickett Brown says:

    Looking forward to your series – sounds great!

    I have *finally* gotten a good routine down for myself in reading & studying the Bible. It has taken me years & trial & error, giving up & starting over again & again – you get the picture. I look forward to gleaning what the Lord has for me through this series.

    • I have found that I have to change my routine depending on my season of life… And that’s ok! Glad you will be joining us for the series!

  21. Thanks for sharing this with WIP! I’ve already got your series pinned! :)
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  22. Great points, all so true, and I love this series, I’m so glad you linked up with Cozy Boo Hop again.

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com/p/cozy-book-hop-thursdays.html
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  23. Wonderful blog, Jenni! So happy to know about it!

  24. So glad I found this, thanks to Cornerstone Confessions. I’ve been needing this for sometime and now I’m anxious to get started. Looking forward to your next posting in this series. I know I’m behind but I’ll take each day as it comes.

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