I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Something I learned over the years is when you read the Bible, it reads you, too. You begin to reflect the Word, (Jesus), in your daily life as you get to know Him more by reading the Word.
Reading the Bible shouldn’t be a religious task, although sometimes it feels like it. For the longest time, I struggled with feeling guilty for skipping a day or two or even a week. I felt like I had to make up time. I would double up in prayer and read a few extra chapters, just in case. Thankfully, I’ve realized (by the Holy Spirit) this isn’t in any way right. It isn’t about how much or how often we read, it’s about believing the Word and letting it change you.
The Bible is a way for us to get to know God. As we get to know Him, we get to know ourselves. This leads us to renew our minds and ultimately become more like Him. Besides, we learn that the New Testament connects to the Old (& vice versa) and that a lot of what Jesus said about Himself, He spoke about us, too! (Matthew 5:14-16 & John 8:12)
So, how do you make the Bible enjoyable?
Reading through Leviticus or Chronicles can get tedious, and sometimes the Prophecy books seem a little out there. Yet, it’s essential to know what the Word says despite how we feel. Here are five ways, along with prayer, that helps me when I’m “not feeling it.”
All Scripture is God-breathed… for training in righteousness… 2 Timothy 3:16
- Study tools – Blue Letter Bible, Hebrew & Greek Lexicons, dictionaries, Jewish Translations and Commentaries, Strong’s Concordance, etc. Along with my Bible and the Holy Spirit, I like to get a few of these resources out to deepen my study and widen my understanding.
- Bible reading plan – Make it interesting for you. I don’t always keep a plan, but when I do, I am more consistent in reading. These are often created in my prayer closet. See my reading plan below.
- Journaling – Write down your questions, comments, connections, and so on’s in a notebook. I love coming back to these later, especially when I get revelations. Sometimes I doodle and draw things out to better understand a verse or Word. I’ve also written IN MY BIBLE. This helps me remember the locations of specific passages.
- Talk about it – with your friends, siblings, parents, spouse, and coworkers. Talk about what you’re reading right now and your revelations. This will challenge you to really KNOW the Truth and stand firm in your faith. Holy Spirit will help guide you!
- Sing it – I’ve memorized a lot of scripture by putting it into songs. Psalms are relatively easy since they’re poetic already, you can start there. All you need is 3-4 chords, and you’ve got the music. (sing the scriptures)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Bible Reading Plan:
- Old Testament: Reading 1-2 chapters daily.
- Poetry books: Reading one chapter from one of the poetry books.
- Proverbs: Reading one chapter from Proverbs every day and changing the translation every month (January-NASB, February-TPT, March-NLT, April-SYNO etc.).
- New Testament: Reading 1-2 chapters daily.
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