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8 Tips for Reading Your Bible

Ladies, scripture is a necessary tool for all Christians. It’s the inspired Word of God, after all, and through it, God communicates Truth about Himself and His plan for our salvation. So it’s a pretty important book, and one we should read on a regular basis!

Many Christians are familiar with the more common biblical stories of the Old Testament. Many are also familiar with the Passion, as written in the Gospels, but not as many Christians are familiar with the books and stories in between. Not as many know what happened after Christ’s ascension, how the apostles began and set up the church, and so on. Do you?

If you want to get the most out out of your Bible, try the following tips:

  1. Pray before and after reading your Bible. Every time you open your Bible, pray. Pray that God opens your heart and mind to His Word. Pray after reading also. Take a moment to pray that God’s Word will bear fruit in your life so that you can become a true disciple.
  2. Understand that the Bible is a collection of books, written by various authors and inspired by God. You have to know the authors, the genres and the objectives of the various writings in order to fully understand the context of the teachings.
  3. Read the whole Bible, not just scripture here and there. Realize that parts of scripture don’t always give the full context. You need to know how the part relates to the whole…and you can only really do this by reading the whole Bible!
  4. Understand the value of the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as how they relate to each other. Jesus read the Old Testament and He referred to it in the New Testament, so read both and you’ll get a better understanding of God’s plan for us.
  5. Realize that God speaks to you through scripture. It’s not just a bunch of words that were written to people of that time. It’s God’s Word. It’s consistent and it never changes, so it relates to YOU. Try to understand what God is saying to you!
  6. Don’t twist scripture to fit your own personal agenda. The Bible is God’s Word and it reflects His agenda for us. So if you manipulate it to meet your personal needs, then you’re missing the Truth that leads to salvation.
  7. Live the Word. Don’t just read God’s Word; live it out in your own life and share it with others. You’ll never understand the strength of God’s Word or know its truth if you don’t implement the teachings in your own life.
  8. Read every day. The Bible should be a part of your everyday life. Only then can you allow the Truth to penetrate within you and become a part of who you are. Only then can you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ!

 

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Ladies, how often do you read your Bible? How much do you know it?

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16 Comments

  1. Schwibz

    Posted by Schwibz on March 23, 2016 at 02:42

    I have been reading the Bible nearly every day since I became a child of God, it’s been such an incredible part of my life. That’s the place of true refreshment and hope in all times, both good and bad.

  2. NightLace

    Posted by NightLace on February 28, 2016 at 00:22

    I think finding the right bible for you can really help.

  3. Rebekah@MoreRadiance

    Posted by Rebekah@MoreRadiance on February 26, 2016 at 08:58

    I love these tips… extremely simple and practical which is what I need and like best! Thank you for sharing them! I need to get into the habit of praying before I read. I often jump right in and forget to ask God to show me new things from His Word. Living the Word can often be a challenge too!
    Rebekah
    http://www.moreradiance.com

  4. Hymnsinger99

    Posted by Hymnsinger99 on November 18, 2014 at 09:00

    I read a few chapters of the bible a day, twice a day, I read when I wake up and before I go to bed. I also pray for family, friends and anything that needs prayer in the morning & I pray for my future husband and myself (that I grow into a better person and disciple of God) at night.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by hannahlovesjesus on June 26, 2014 at 13:26

    I read a few chapters from the Old Testament and a few from the New Testament daily! It’s a great way to start or end your day 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Selendra on June 7, 2014 at 02:36

    Thank you so much for this great tips! I am Christian a short time, so this is very helpful for me 🙂

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by girl4godR on June 4, 2014 at 08:11

    I usually read my bible at least a little every day along with a devotional plan on my phone, but I want to start reading more all throughout the bible and not just little snippets or mostly new testament, but both the old and new testament. I also want to work on trying to memorize more scripture too. Now that it’s summer, I have more time to read my bible and I love these tips so thank you!

  8. jamie kelley

    Posted by jamie kelley on June 2, 2014 at 13:20

    i read some times but not a lot i know some of it. i will try reading it more.

  9. YoucatMarie

    Posted by YoucatMarie on May 29, 2014 at 16:54

    I chuckled at #6. People really need to stop changing the Word of God as an excuse to push forward an agenda.

  10. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on May 28, 2014 at 16:49

    I started reading my Bible for the first time around this time last year, starting from the New Testament and making my way through the Old (something my youth group leader recommended). I’m currently on Chronicles II, but I’m very cautious about it. Getting through Kings was a major chore with the stomach-churning anger and hatred depicted, and since Chronicles is essentially explaining Kings in a different light I’m nervous about having to reread all of it. To be honest, it gave me nightmares, and it takes a lot for something in the real world to give me nightmares. I know it’s important to read, but is there anything you would recommend to make it a bit easier?

    • Marcy

      Posted by Marcy on May 29, 2014 at 09:49

      I read a passage from the Old Testament, a passage from the New Testament, a passage from Psalms, and a couple verses from Proverbs each day, and that makes the Old Testament a lot easier for me since I’m not getting as big of a dose of it and I read other stuff after it. My advice would be to read something more cheerful right after you read the Old Testament, such as a piece of Psalms.

      • May All Your Bacon Burn

        Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on May 31, 2014 at 22:57

        This actually seems to be helping me. I want to hold off reading the rest of the Old Testament until I’ve read it the first time around, but I’ve been re-reading Matthew after reading a couple passages in Chronicles this past week and it’s doing wonders for me. Thank you 🙂

  11. emma_rose327

    Posted by emma_rose327 on May 27, 2014 at 17:04

    This article holds so much truth! My relationship with the Lord absolutely took flight when I began to understand and experience the wisdom and love of God revealed in Scripture, and I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. The Bible is such a pure, holy gift of God to the world and we should never pass it over as boring or irrelevant (that’s what I used to do sometimes). But God changed my heart, and now I find that time dedicated to studying and praying in the Word are when I feel closest to God!

  12. LittleLady

    Posted by LittleLady on May 27, 2014 at 16:13

    I like to read mine in the morning along with my devotional.

  13. alimarie

    Posted by alimarie on May 27, 2014 at 16:05

    I really like to read the bible first thing in the morning, and I’ve learned it really starts off my day great even if it’s just a small amount. 🙂

  14. Yanka

    Posted by Yanka on May 27, 2014 at 14:30

    I read the bible every day. What do you mean by how much I know it?