“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
There are numerous verses pertaining to the power of the Word of God. In John 1:1 we read that the Word was with and is God. From Isaiah 55:11, we understand that the Word of the Lord will never return void. We know that all Scripture is breathed by God from 2 Timothy 3:16. In Psalm 12:6, we find that the words of the Lord are pure, like refined silver.
THE WORD OF GOD IS GOOD, HELPFUL AND BRINGS LIFE.
However, I have found that though I know the value of studying Scripture, I can sometimes feel stagnant in this. But because I know the value of Scripture, it is worth it to persevere during dry seasons in pursuit of deepening my knowledge and love for the word of God.
We know the Word of God is essential to our understanding of ourselves as individuals, as a church and as part of the body of Christ.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant[s] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
FOR US TO BE QUIPPED, WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE POSITION OURSELVES TO FULLY RECEIVE EVERYTHING SCRIPTURE HAS TO OFFER US.
We don’t want to grudgingly study the Bible, but rather jump in with joy.
Here are five practical tools that I hope will bring fresh life and perspective as you read the Word of God:
- Read a passage in a different translation // Far too often we become comfortable and ingrained in our habits, even when it comes to spending time with God. Reading and studying different version gives fresh perspective and can provide new insight that we would not otherwise have. No matter the version, there is new insight to be gained.
- Summarize the passage in your own words // Studies show that we are likely to remember 70 percent of what we write down, as opposed to only 10 percent of things we read. After reading a passage, write down the full passage and then write it again in your own words. This will help you actually retain what you are reading.
- S.O.S Method // The S.O.S acronym stands for say, obey and share. After reading through a passage, ask yourself three questions –
- What is this passage saying?
- How can I obey?
- Who can I share this with?
This method challenges us to take what we’re reading a step further by asking God how we can apply the passage to our life, and sharing what we learn with someone else.
- Scripture Typer App // Having the Word of God engraved on our heart gives us tools to combat anxiety, fear and temptation. The Scripture Typer app uses different exercises to help us memorize Scripture. Once you have a verse mastered, the app will send you reminders in the weeks ahead to keep the passage fresh on your mind.
- Do a word study // Whether it’s something you may be struggling with or simply something you want to learn more about, a word study is when you read and examine the verses that include or are about the same word. Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible are great tools for this as you can search a word and find all of the verses pertaining to or including that word. This gives your study of Scripture a very specific focus, which can better enable you to dive deep into what it says.
My hope is that as you dive into the Word of God, you also gain greater understanding of His character and heart for you.
By Olivia Andrade – Communication Staff