Why is reading your Bible so difficult?

Thank you all for your feedback on my last post. I’m glad it was useful. One of the things that came up when I spoke to people is how to have effective Bible study. Many people confessed that they are struggling with their personal Bible study and I can relate. So today, I’m going to share some tips that have helped me to have an effective personal Bible study.

The first thing I would like to say is that you have to be committed to having personal Bible study. If you want your Christian life and your relationship with God to improve, you have to know what God’s word says. You have to go deeper in His word, beyond Psalm 23 or John 3:16. There is no shortcut.

As a baby believer, setting out time to study my Bible and pray was very difficult. I was in university at the time and so many things were competing for my attention. Even now, so many things are still competing for my attention. What I’ve discovered however is that the quality of my day is generally better when I take time out to pray and study the word.

So what can you do to make this a daily habit? Here are a few tips that I believe will help:

1) Make up your mind that you are just going to do it. Even if it is just for 10 minutes, be determined that you will read your Bible and be consistent with it too. The more you do it, the more it becomes a habit. Take baby steps first. I started by giving myself targets of reading a chapter a day, then I moved to reading for 15 minutes and now, I can study my Bible for over an hour. It took me about 3 years to make this transition.

2) Choose a topic that relates to your present circumstances or you can choose to study a Bible character that you identify with the most. I’m presently studying the topic of faith because right now, I need huge amounts of faith for all the things I am believing God for. By going through what the Bible says about faith, I have been able to apply it directly to my life and I have obtained results. That makes me want to study even more.

3) For your Bible study to be effective, you need to have different versions of the Bible other than the King James Version. The first time I was told to do this I did not understand why until I read the New Living Translation. The words I read became more real and exciting to me. Be careful though, there are some translations that stray away from the original meaning of the Scriptures. I recommend the New Living Translation, the Amplified and the Message Bible. They break down the complex KJV English.

4) Get a Bible study partner. With a Bible study partner, you can ask questions and clarify Scriptures that are unclear. You can also get a different perspective of how to apply a particular Scripture. When I started my Bible study on faith, I had someone who cleared up some confusing areas and he helped me to see the things I had missed out in the verses I was reading. It’s better to choose someone who has more knowledge or who has a better Bible study life than you. I believe you’ll grow faster that way. Then as you get deeper into your Bible study, you can open up your pool to accommodate peers and possibly new converts.

5) Get all the resources you can. Thank God for the internet. So many resources are available to make your Bible study more interesting. Take advantage of them. Read books. Like I mentioned in previous posts, Kenneth Hagin’s books on faith have been such a blessing. They have led me to want to study particular Scriptures further.

I hope these tips help you. What methods of Bible study are you currently using that works for you? Please share them; let’s learn together. I believe no matter where we are, there is always room for improvement.

Photo Credit – CatholicBibleStudyOnline

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