Even I have to admit that the title of this blog is quite a claim. And that’s true. But hopefully it caught your attention enough to read further. I hope you will find some insight to help your walk with Jesus.
So, here’s my list:
- Do them. It seems like a simple idea, but sometimes you just need to do it. Even when you don’t feel like it or want to.
- Discipline, desire, delight; are our stages of our seeking God. It takes work. You need a plan. Life is SO busy that you can’t just happen into it. You need something that triggers a response in you. But you don’t want to – it’s easier to act you way into a new way of feeling than feel your way into a new way of acting.
- Read your Bible, meditate/contemplate & pray. It’s not a mystic experience, it’s practical. Think about what you have read, what you can learn from it, what you need to do or change as a result of it and what did it mean to the original readers, in fact who were they?
- As often and regularly as you can. Discipline is a momentum of habit. The more you do it the easier it becomes to do it regularly.
- Find the best time of day for you. Not everyone is a morning person. If you decide to go with evening devos, make sure you connect with God in the morning and during the day.
- Pray throughout the your day. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)
- Get the whole story.
- Lots of people, even marketers, know David killed Goliath with a rock. How did God prepare David for that moment, who else was involved and where did God lead David after that.
- Jonah got swallowed by a big fish. So what? What was he doing in it, where did he end up, did he do want God intended?
- Are you a new Christian? Start in the book of Mark. It reads easy and allows you to quickly get acquainted with the people of the New Testament. From there move to Matthew and Luke. The Gospel of John and Romans have great doctrine but that’s often too hard to start with. Make sure you take in some Old Testament like Psalms and Proverbs.
- The Bible is the story of God through the history of the Israelites. Stories are connected from the old to the new testament. Find out which ones and read the ask story. When Jesus says, the scriptures say… go and read the whole section, not just a couple verses.
- And stories are tied to Psalms that expresses the grief or hurt or pleasure from the story. David and other cried out to God in pain, joy and anger. You can too.
- Feeling down, go read about Elijah. He was seriously depressed, yet God cared deeply for him and looked after him.
- Ask questions. Find and older person who can mentor you in your Bible study. You’ll both learn more.
- Last, make sure you use a translation of the Bible you can read. The New Living Translation reads well. The New International Version does too. The English Standard Version is a good literal translation, while the Message helps bring the meaning into modern language. As you progress consider a study Bible to help connect the old and new testaments and learn about the history of the people each book was written to and for.