Helps to Read Through the Bible
1. Make a Plan with a purpose
Whenever I clicked into a reading plan because I was “supposed to” I did not stay with it.
2. Commit to the Plan
If you aren’t sure if you want to do it, you won’t be excited to read the Bible. I realized that reading the Bible reading plan, that takes you through the Bible in a year, literally only takes about 15 minutes a day. That is totally doable!
3. Make it Routine
Your brain is powerful and will associate a place and time with your devotion time. I do my best to read my Bible at the same time and in the same place (or a couple of different places) every day, except for Sunday. I look forward to my time with Jesus and when I sit in “my chair” I immediately associate it with my devotional time.
Think of something you do as a routine. For me, I do my devotions when I have my coffee because I have a latte every day! Maybe you have a commute to work daily, you could also listen to the Bible as you drive or ride to work. Otherwise, it can also be part of your routine before you go to sleep, everyone goes to bed every day or night.
4. Choose to LOVE it
Devotional time and Bible reading is a discipline and just like exercise it can be something you associate with struggle. You have the power to change the way you view. Think of the benefits to your eternity, your relationship with Jesus, to your entire life!
I used to dread exercising and honestly this little blog is convicting me on so many levels including exercise and diet…I was defeated before I ever even put my work out clothes and shoes on because I was not thinking of the benefits. I was consumed with what my flesh wanted and had my mind in the wrong place. When I changed to thinking of how much better I felt and how much enjoyed the discipline I actually looked forward to it.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Bible Reading
1. Context: Consider what was happening at the time the scripture was written and the culture of the day.
2. Highlights: What stands out to you? Highlight scriptures or underline them in your Bible.
3. Pray: Ask God/Holy Spirit what He is speaking to you through your Bible reading.
4. Application: Write down in a journal how you will apply His Word to your daily living.
5. Share: We learn best when we teach others. Share with someone what God is teaching you through your Bible reading.