I used to get so bored reading the Bible. What? Did you just say that, pastor? Yup. I used to have to walk and read it just so I wouldn’t fall asleep.
One day I told the Lord, “I am not excited about the Bible, or prayer, or church anymore.” Do you know what His remedy was? He said,
“Read the Bible one hour every day for seven days”.
I was like, “Did you misunderstand what I said?” But I obeyed.
Do you know what happened? By day seven I couldn’t wait to get back into the Bible! I was excited about the things of God again. I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
I asked the Lord what happened, and this is what He said to me:
“You wanted to be on fire for Me, but you weren’t putting any wood in the fireplace. The Word is the wood. The wind is the Spirit. And the flame is revelation. You weren’t giving the Spirit anything to breathe on.” Wow!
Now, whether or not I am “getting anything out of the Word” when I read it, I know that I am putting wood in the fireplace, and it will eventually result in spiritual fire!
People have asked me what to do, what to read, when they open the Bible. Here are five ways you can know the Word:
Just start at the beginning of any book and read it all the way through. This is the best way to know the Bible. Even start at the very beginning. There are many reading plans available online and some great apps like YouVersion. Most plans will have you read some from the Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and New Testament. This is a well-rounded way to read the Bible.
There are many study tools available to you. Read a chapter, then go online and read commentaries about it. Www.biblegateway.com has great commentaries.
This renews your mind. You will begin to think the way God thinks. This is when true transformation begins.
“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” Romans 12:2 TPT
This is one of my favorite ways to know the Bible. This takes it from your head to your heart. To meditate means to think deeply about it, to say it under your breath over and over again. The picture is of a cow eating its cud. It eats, swallows, regurgitates it, chews it again, swallows… I know that’s gross, but it’s exactly what you need to do with the Word. As you do, at one point revelation will explode and you will “know” the Word! That’s called, Rhema.
Until you act on the Word you will never truly know it.
“So Jesus told them, ‘My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.’” John 7:16,17 NLT
Unless you obey the Word, not only will you not truly know it, or be blessed by God for doing it–James says you will actually deceive yourself! You will think you know the Bible but you actually don’t. It’s just in your head, not your heart. And do you know what that makes you? A Pharisee!
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:22-25 NLT
It would be like going to a restaurant, memorizing the menu, being able to describe every item on the menu to anyone who asked, but not know what it tastes like because you have never eaten any of it.
If you will read, study, memorize, meditate, and apply the Word, you will truly know it.
THINK ABOUT IT
- Do you read the Bible every day? Why or why not?
- Would you be willing to spend fifteen minutes reading the Bible and fifteen minutes praying for the rest of our 30 for 30?
- If you do, will you please let me know the difference it makes in your life by leaving a comment below future posts? Thanks!