Getting the Most Out of Reading Your Bible

Thinking

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After you read the Bible, do you put it down and go about your day or do you stop and reflect on what you just read? There have been days when I have read the Bible and slid it back on the shelf with a satisfied relief that I had done my duty, but I was wrong. God doesn’t want us to read the Bible only to check it off our mental to do list.

After we read the Bible, we should stop and reflect what we have just read. If we simply read a few chapters and do nothing else then we are being a “hearer only.” But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV

The Bible says to examine ourselves. The Lord is there speaking to us through what we read, if we will only listen. We can’t just have a do-it-yourself kind of faith; we need to do what God says.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?―unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV

Answer the following questions after reading the Word. Write what God shows you in your journal.

  1. What scripture(s) impacted you from this passage?
  2. Was there something in this passage that encouraged you?
  3. Is there something you need to pray about or repent of after reading?
  4. Ask the Holy Spirit to specifically show you how you can grow spiritually from what you just read.

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