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    Girl to Girl Talk: How to Study God’s Word and Hear His Voice

    Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

    This week, a PI Girl posted some notes from her youth pastor’s sermon on why we study God’s Word and also expressed how we should read God’s Word. I love that she shared her notes and explained the reasons behind just simply reading one verse a day (which, of course, is better than no Word in your day).

    Click here to read the full post.

    Here is some wisdom on actually studying the Bible and why we should do it.

     

    For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:9)

    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

     

    First, we must realize that when we read the Bible, it is not just an inspirational book or even a book of just knowledge, stories, rules and so forth, but we must recognize it is God’s Holy Word. God’s Word is alive and active, and the Word says that is it a mirror and reflects the intents of the heart and is sharper than a sword, amen? We need to treat God’s Holy Word with the utmost respect and honor. Isn’t it funny that we neglect God’s Word and don’t even REALIZE its power? When I say funny, I don’t mean funny as in humor, but rather it’s ironic that we search for answers in life and purpose, but sometimes we don’t even take the time to read God’s instructions available to us.

     

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

     

    If we want to hear God’s voice (John 10), we need to sacrificially take the time to SEEK HIM. We can’t just expect to run to God and demand answers abruptly when we have ignored His warnings or haven’t taken the time to listen to His voice. If we genuinely want to find God, we need to come with an open, pure heart and really try and seek Him with the right motives and intentions. Once we humble ourselves and truly seek the King, He will give wisdom to us generously (James 4).

     

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

     

    How to Study God’s Word and Hear God’s Voice

    1. Make time: You can’t hear God’s Word and get revelation if you don’t read the Bible and sit to listen.

    2. Be open, obedient and listen: Heed the Word of God. Listen to God’s voice without distraction. Go somewhere that is quiet and peaceful and where you are not easily interrupted.

    3. Take notes: Taking notes, highlighting or underlining God’s Word definitely helps in understanding it (at least for me personally). Be an active student by pulling out the highlighted parts you feel are standing out to you. Ask God to speak to you through prayer and the Word. Ask God for confirmation.

    4. Apply what you learn: Don’t just read, take notes and then disregard what you learned. Apply what you read and take it to heart.

    5. Ask your youth pastor, counselor, parent or guardian about what you learned: Ask those who are older and wiser about what you don’t understand, and glean from their wisdom. It is also smart to confirm God’s Word and what you feel God is speaking to you by sharing God’s Word in fellowship. The body of Christ is to encourage and uplift one another. We sharpen each other and God confirms what He speaks.

    We study many things in life regarding career paths, educational interests and other things, right? So why don’t we take our faith walk just as seriously, right? We need to glean from God’s Word if we want to walk in all that God has for us. God’s Word is a light unto our feet and will help light the way in our life. We need to realize God’s Word is meant to help us, protect us, guide us and encourage us. God is so loving and merciful, and wants us to walk in abundance while being able to realize the importance of faith despite circumstances, and to grow in the image of Jesus.

    Related article:

    https://www.projectinspired.com/qa-what-can-i-do-to-hear-gods-voice-part-two/

    PI Girls, how can I be praying for you? Does this help you at all? Do you have any other pointers or advice? God bless you, PI Girls! Jesus loves you!

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    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    5 COMMENTS

    1. I love reading the Bible Study articles. I wish there more of these than on modesty and purity. This helps brings me closer to God. Not reading on how my hemline should be long. Another brilliant article for sure that I will definitely implement on to my daily life.

    2. Hi!
      I absolutely love this website! It has really helped my better understand and deepen my faith.
      This post has inspired me to want to study God’s word! But the bible is so big and I am not really sure where to start?

        • You’re so right I’ve never really read the whole bible but I just recently started and I started with John because it gives you a feel for who Jesus is and his one command. Other than that just read the book God tells you to read because the goal of this is to please him

      • Try not starting in the Old Testament. Reading the Bible from that point is a bit much especially for someone who is just starting out. I recommend to start in The Gospel of John because it tell the story of Jesus through one of his witnesses. Personally I move around a lot in my Bible just because it works for me. ☺️

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