My utmost desire and prayer is that these few words will help us read our Bibles effectively and enjoy it more as I have come to and our soul, mind, heart and strength be drenched in the presence of the lord even as we read.
Do take your time to read 🙂
Many of us, genuinely want to read our Bibles. We know the benefit of it; reading our Bibles have the ability to make us wise, teach us, rebuke us, correct us and train us in righteousness, so that we are thoroughly equipped for every good work. (See 2 Timothy 3:15-16)
The importance of an effective bible study, cannot be overemphasized but we do struggle to find our feet in this enormous book. This write up is one dear to my heart because the key to our growth as Christians lies in a quality Bible study. The keys to developing prayer, overcoming sin, fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, faith, hope, love and all Christian virtues are all clearly outlined in our bibles.
There are awesome bible study resources online and even applications on our mobile phones. I have tried most of them, from trying to read the bible in one year to countless other good bible plans to no avail. Why? It felt forced and not natural, I was gaining information but missing out on the most important aspect; fellowship with the Holy Spirit, experiencing the love of God and the grace of our lord Jesus Christ.
In my growth as a Christian, I have come to love my personal bible study now because of a wonderful truth I discovered in John 10, The Good Shepherd and his sheep.
Jesus Christ is our shepherd, and we are his sheep. Recognizing this is very key in our Christian walk. It helps us understand that we cannot lead our souls, Jesus is our soul’s trusted Lord.
The one who enters by the gate is the Shepherd of the sheep. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10)
This scripture teaches us a lot about this shepherd-sheep relationship & the leadings of the Holy Spirit;
He calls out his own sheep by name, he leads them out, he goes on ahead of them and the role of the sheep is to follow.
Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near – We live and move in him, can’t get away from him. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
. (Acts 17:24-29, MSG paraphrase & NLT)
Picture this, in the morning you wake up your whole heart’s desire is to seek the Holy Spirit, you hear his voice and he leads you out; into his word, into his will, into his plans and into his heart. He gives you the direction you seek.
This year, I started a bible plan; The Bible in one year. It was not that smooth because all along the Holy Spirit wanted me to study the book of Colossians.It has been superb because I have been led me to various portions of scripture to help me better understand what Paul was telling the church in Colosse. In the end, I might end up reading the whole Bible.
The Holy Spirit is an amazing teacher, don’t miss out on the amazing time in God’s Word because you try to make sense of the bible according to your own terms and methods.
The leadings of the Holy Spirit coupled with all the good bible resources is a key in having an effective personal bible study.
God bless you and may the eyes of our understanding be enlightened;