We at Who Me Be a Leader have a deep desire for you to fall in love with God’s Word. The truth is, how we handle something depends on its value to us, and many people simply don’t realize the absolute treasure God has given them in His Word. Nothing you or I own is more precious than the Bible. People who ignore Scripture suffer as a result and go through life’s hardships without ever realizing the riches at their fingertips. However, those who embrace God’s Word discover benefits that money could never buy.

What is keeping you from the blessing of God’s Word? Some people say they don’t read Scripture because they say it is too difficult to understand. Here are some practical ideas to help you use God’s Word and begin applying it to your life.

First: READ. The first step it to open your Bible and begin reading it daily, small portions at first (Prov 8:33-35). Choose a time when you are able to focus all your attention on reading without interruption. Apart from prayer and worship, reading the Word is one of the primary ways we get to know Him. Those who read only during times of crisis miss the joy of an intimate relationship with the heavenly Father, which develops through consistent fellowship with Him.

Bible reading is a matter of quality not quantity. You should be most concerned with how effectively Scripture is changing your life rather than the number of chapters you have completed. As you go through the Bible, you should be storing the Lord’s truths in your heart. The goal is character transformation and an ever-deepening relationship with your Savior.

Second: MEDITATE. Meditation is simply a conversation with the Lord about the passage you’re reading. It’s a discipline that requires silence, stillness and concentration. Word by word and phrase by phrase, ask the Father to reveal both the meaning and the application He wants you to make in your life.

The process is slow and thoughtful, but as your continue, the Bible’s pages will come to life with significance. Always remembering your goal is a deeper understanding of God and yourself. Ask Him to show you His ways, search your heart, and reveal any changes you need to make.

Three: STUDY. How often do we really look for the Lord, examining Scripture for understanding about His ways? So often we ready the Bible only when we are searching for a verse to help us with a need. But do we care enough about Him to search out His character and learn who He really is? One of the greatest benefits of investing our time in thoughtful Bible study is an ever-increasing love for our Savior.

To supplement your studies, we also recommend investing in a Bible dictionary, a concordance and some Bible commentaries.

Four: APPLY. This step is essential. In order to become a mature Christian, you must learn to apply what you have learned. As we spend time reading the Bible, the Lord reveals what He wants us to do, whether through direct commands, principles, or examples. However, if we ignore His promptings or refuse to obey, we’ll get stuck and stop growing. Why should God reveal deeper truths if we haven’t done the last thing He said? In that case, our understanding of Scripture will be limited, our walk will suffer, and our spiritual fruit will dry up. Remember that obeying God is always the best path. The Father both uses and blesses those who say no to self and yes to Him (Prov 3:5-6).

The Lord has so much to give us if we will just make Bible reading a priority in our lives. He wants us to long for “the pure milk of the word” so that we can grow into mature believers (1 Pet. 2:1-2). Few of us will miss a meal, but how often do we skip spending time in the pages of Scripture? How can we be so careful to feed our bodies, which will one day die, and yet starve our spirits, which will live forever?

If you’ll start seriously “tasting” God’s Word, you will begin to develop a hunger to go deeper. Not only that, but the more familiar we become with the Bible, the more we will value and delight in it (Psalm 119:111). Instead of feeling an obligation to read, we’ll long to spend time hearing from our Savior and growing in our understanding of His character and ways.

Excerpts from “Transformed by The Word” by Charles Stanley

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