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10 Ways to Connect With the Word

When a person enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ, that relationship grows through prayer and time in God’s Word. Here are 10 ways to connect with the Bible:

Read it. Reading through the Bible is good. But if you always read it straight through, it’s too easy to get bogged down in a book like Leviticus. Vary your method. One of the best ways to read the Bible is to selectively read entire books at a sitting. This is surprisingly doable, and you will find you gain wonderful insights not found in piecemeal readings.

Study it. Mine the truths of God’s Word. When you have a question, don’t make your first act to ask someone else. Try to get your answer from the Bible first. And always ask God to open your spiritual eyes (Psalm 119:18).

Memorize it. This step, done regularly, will revolutionize your spiritual walk (Psalm 119:11).

Meditate on it. Prayerfully think about brief passages of Scripture (Joshua 1:8).

Pray it. Some of the psalms are ideal for this.

Bring it. Fewer Bibles are brought to church today. Many rely on words projected on a screen. I remember “Sword drills,” contests for kids to see who could find passages in the Bible the quickest. These were valuable in familiarizing students with the Word.

Mark it. Underline verses that speak to you. “The word of God is living and active …” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).

Sample it. By this, I do not mean flopping your Bible open and plunking your finger down at random hoping for direction. I mean regularly leafing through the pages of Scripture to find verses you’ve marked and notes you’ve made. It will continue to guide you (Psalm 119:105).

Share it. Don’t keep the Word to yourself.

Discuss it. Make discussing the Bible a regular part of Christian fellowship.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23).

Ken Horn

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