How To Study God's Word | Day One
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Have you ever heard the phrase quiet time? It sounds like a peaceful naptime or a game used to calm the kids you babysit. Whether you grew up in church or are new to this whole Christianity thing, you have probably heard someone suggest the idea of a quiet time more than once.
But, let’s be honest: what does it really mean?
If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, you are not alone. Most of us have often thought: Do I sit in silence for a while and call it a day? Do I read a few verses from the Bible or devotional? What does it mean to actually spend time with God?
Luckily, I’m here to tell you the mystery is over; the suspense is no more! This week, we are going to break down what it means to study the Bible in bite-sized and practical steps. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Let’s start out this week by understanding why studying God’s Word is so important and fulfilling.
Having a quiet time or more understandably, spending time with the Lord, is a treasure; it can become one of the most fulfilling and cherished parts of our day.
The Creator of the universe desires to spend time with you. He wants to teach you about Himself and show you how to become the girl He’s calling you to be! Let’s stop being confused and intimidated by spending time with the Lord and dive into what it means to not just read, but study God’s Word!
Pause for a minute to pray and ask the Lord to speak to you through His Word right now. Commit the next few minutes to Him as you begin to study Scripture.
Turn to the very beginning of Ephesians. According to Ephesians 1:1. Who is writing this book and to whom is he writing it for?
Paul is directly writing it to the Christians in a city called Ephesus. However, what he tells them in this book applies to our lives today, as well! We’ll dive more into that in the next few days.
Now, flip to Ephesians 4:1 in the ESV translation. What does Paul beg believers in Ephesus, as well as believers today, to do?
What does “walk” refer to in this verse? Is it talking about a literal walk? Read the verse again, but replace the word “walk” with “live every part of your life.”
How are we to walk/live our lives?
What is this calling you are to walk worthy of?
Now read Romans 8:14-17
This passage is full of great truth, but look specifically at the words “sons” (daughters) and “children” in these verses. When you have surrendered your life to Christ, what is your calling/position in the family of God?
Now, back to Ephesians 4:1. If you have been adopted into the family of God, your calling is now a daughter of God. Therefore, you are called to live your life worthy of being called a daughter of the Most High King!
How do you live worthy of that high calling? Good question!
You learn how to live worthy of being a daughter of the King the same way you learn every word to your favorite T-Swift song or the personalities of characters in your favorite books. You spend time listening, learning, reading, studying. You learn to live your life worthy of being called a daughter of God by spending time with the God who made you worthy of that calling!
Let’s look at what makes the Bible so special and so important for us to study.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Where does verse 16 say Scripture (the Bible) comes from?
Why is it important that the Bible comes directly from God not from a person?
From verse 16, list the things Scripture is “profitable” or “useful” for:
Read both verse 16 and 17 again, but replace the phrase “man of God” in verse 17 with your name.
God wants you to be complete and equipped to live worthy of your calling as His precious daughter! That’s why He’s given you His Word, the Bible.
Spend the next few minutes thanking God for wanting to spend time with you. Thank Him for His Word and ask Him to give you a passion for studying it!