“It’s been the key to radical transformation in my perspectives and attitudes, and God has healed and restored my spirit, soul, and body through the power of His Word,” Joyce Meyer, a speaker, and author wrote about studying the Bible.
Studying the Bible can sound intimidating. How can you approach the Word of God in an honest and desirable way? How can you stay consistent in your reading and studying of the Bible, even in the busiest of seasons?
I’ve found that even after fifteen years of studying the Bible if I don’t have a planned and steady routine, I can push it to the back burner. At the end of the day, doing so only hurts me, so I make it a priority and use a few different resources to stay on track.
In order to motivate myself to read and study the Bible daily, I ask myself a few questions about once a month. These questions remind me why I study the Bible, and why it should always be a top priority.
The questions are: How will studying the Bible help me? Why do I want to study the Bible?
These questions help remind me of the grace of God and routinely put a fire in my heart to know Him better.
Next, I make sure I have a solid Bible-reading routine.
During the weekdays, I set my alarm for a specific time, and try to wake up at that time every day. I then turn on some white noise, make a coffee, and grab a glass of lemon water.
I go into my family room, grab my books, and begin my study with coffee in hand. The coffee helps wake me up and allows me to be more attentive to what I am learning. Some weeks I read straight from scripture and journal for a bit, and other days I read from a devotional, and spend more time praying than writing.
While I keep a steady routine, I also leave room for flexibility depending on my mood and what I am feeling more called to do that day.
Even though I do my Bible reading first thing, you might have a different schedule and that’s more than okay!
6 Bible Study Resources to Deepen Your Study
1. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary — a great resource to look up people, places, events, and other biblical topics from the Bible.
2. My Utmost for His Highest — This is one of my favorite devotionals from Oswald Chambers. Many devotionals today water down scripture and important themes, and Chambers does the opposite of that.
3. The NIV Application Commentary Series — This series is a must-have! I’ve slowly added to my collection over the years and frequently request a book for Christmas.
4. Women of the Word — I love this study by Jen Wilkin. I used this in a Bible study group and now use it during my own personal study time as well.
5. The Bible Project Podcast — This podcast is so helpful in understanding scripture! I like to listen to it along with whatever passages I am reading that week, or if I make enough time, that day.
6. YouVersion Bible App — The best on-the-go Bible resource for me! When I only have a few minutes and have a scripture-related question, I log onto the app and see what their noted references they have to say.
We hope this list blesses you and helps you dig deep into scripture and deepen your relationship with God. What tools do you use to study the Bible?