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4 Steps to Help You Know the Bible Better, By PI Girl Leah

Do you have a longing to know God’s Word even more? As Christians, this is a desire that we should strive to have! Here are four steps to help you get to know God’s Word on a deeper level.

1. Form a Bible study and accountability group
I cannot stress how important it is to have a support group to help you on this journey! Your group should consist of several others around your age who all share the goal of getting to know the Bible better. If you wish to take a leadership role and make a Bible reading plan, that’s great! If not, that’s okay, too—others in the group may be interested in doing so, or you may find it beneficial to have an older leader step in.

This group is here for the purpose of holding everyone accountable for reading the Bible on a consistent basis. Sometimes we need someone to give us a little push to do the things we should be doing anyway. Setting goals and having friends to check up on your reading progress will help provide the motivation you need!

2. Memorize verses
Just as you should set goals in your Bible study group about how many/which chapters to read, you should also set goals about what verses to memorize. Having multiple Bible verses memorized will open doors in your spiritual life you never knew could be opened!

For example, being able to provide a friend with the perfect verse at just the right time could help her with what she’s dealing with, right then and there. On the other hand, always having to look up a verse to fit a situation can be time-consuming, and you may miss the chance to properly share the Word of God if you and your friend only have a few short minutes together. Also, praying verses back to God and meditating on known verses when a Bible is not near can bring you incredible peace in troubling times.

3. Find your life verse
Do you have a favorite verse? How about a life verse? A “life verse” is a passage of scripture that can reflect trials you have faced in your life, provide hope to you during troubling times or is simply an expression of the way you feel about Your Savior. If you don’t have a life verse, now is an excellent time to get one! Take the time to learn it by heart and make an intentional effort to apply it to your life. When you feel as if you can really relate to a part of God’s Word, wanting to relate to the rest of it comes naturally!

4. Pray before and after each Bible reading
Reading the Bible is a great thing to do, and it’s necessary for growth in your Christian walk. But remember, it’s just as important to know the Author of the scriptures as it is to know the scriptures themselves. Both praying and reading our Bibles are what open us up to communication from God.

Pray before reading a passage in the Bible that God will speak to you through what you will read, as well as give you understanding of what will be spoken to you. Pray after you read that God will help you apply what you’ve learned to your life.

One last note: Studying the Bible is important, but keep in mind that while there may be a point in your life when you might not have access to a Bible, you will always have access to direct communication with your personal Lord and Savior!

How do you get to know the Bible better? Is there anything you could add to this list? I’d love to hear your advice!

Written by PI Girl Leah

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8 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Butterfly24 on October 18, 2013 at 16:57

    My life verse is Psalm 27:1

    The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

    I go back to this verse all the time in good times and bad. It helps me get through whatever I am going through. This is also the first verse that I memorized.

  2. JoyofJesus

    Posted by JoyofJesus on October 16, 2013 at 13:48

    My life verse is Psalm 73:26 My heart and my flesh my fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever

  3. PDiddy

    Posted by PDiddy on October 16, 2013 at 08:11

    My life verse is jeremiah29:11 For I know I have plans for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future 🙂
    Thanks for this article, I love it!

  4. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on October 15, 2013 at 07:05

    My friend and I did a Bible study together last year using the book “A young woman after God’s own heart”. We did the reading at home and when we got together every week we answered the questions. 🙂
    I’m a really anxious person, so my life verse is Joshua 1.9, which reads “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged; For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you may go.”

  5. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on October 14, 2013 at 15:12

    My life verse is 2 Corinthians 3:17

  6. LeeLee1992

    Posted by LeeLee1992 on October 13, 2013 at 18:12

    I absolutely LOVED this article <3 Sometimes I forget to make the time to read my Bible even though I know I should!. Someone once said, "if you don't have time to read your bible and pray, you are way busier that God ever intended to be"
    My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."

  7. belladoesntsuck

    Posted by belladoesntsuck on October 13, 2013 at 09:56

    These are great tips! I love that idea of a “life verse”.