How to Get the Most Out of Your Time in the Bible

We’ve all been there. Going through the motions, knocking out our Bible reading but not really absorbing it. Checking the “spiritual boxes” but not actually growing spiritually. In fact, we may even begrudge the time we are “losing” because we have things we need to do, places to go, and people to see.

Listen, friend, I get it. We have all been there!

In How to Spend Time with God When You Have NO Time, I share how this lack of attention to my relationship with God affected the relationships with those closest to me. (SPOILER ALERT: It wasn’t good!)

But a couple of years ago, I discovered the power of writing out scripture and journaling a response to the verses I was studying. This opened up the Word to me in a way I hadn’t experienced in a long time.

I began to hear God speaking to me.
I felt Him changing me.
I started growing spiritually in way that had been stunted for far too long.

But why? What does writing Scripture do that inspires spiritual growth?

Writing not only slows you down and helps you focus, but it makes it easier to remember what you have learned and encourages deeper thinking on the topic.

Whether you want to focus on a verse or two at a time or read larger chunks of Scripture to see the bigger picture, journaling about what you have read is a great way to understand God’s Word and apply it to your life.

Sounds great but wondering WHAT should you journal about?

Here are some questions that you can use to help you dig into God’s Word and allow it to challenge and change you (adapted from Pastor Nate Millican, Theology Along the Way).

Example

Is there an example in this passage that I can/should follow?

Command

Is there a command here for me to obey and follow?

Error

Is there any error on display that I should avoid?

Promise

Is there a promise made from God for me to claim as mine?

Thought

Is there any thought about God Himself that I should take note of?

Difference

What difference does this passage make in the way I treat others, make decisions and/or think about myself?

Posture

Am I taking this passage seriously? Do I really believe what I say I believe?

Life

Am I living out what this passage says on a day to day basis?

Action

If I believed these verses are true and held myself accountable to living out what they say, how would I have to change what I am currently doing?

Remember

What is God doing for His people in this passage?
When I forget this, how does that affect me and all my relationships?

Good News

How does God do the same for us – only better – in Jesus?

Believe

How does believing in this Good News change how I live?

Friend, your time in the Bible isn’t just something you cross off your ToDo list each day. It is an opportunity to be spiritually transformed. Don’t miss out!!

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