How to Study the Bible

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Have you ever watched a master brick mason lay brick? He follows a string that is straight to make sure that his work is even. Then after he has placed the brick he brings out a level to make sure that it is absolutely straight. A good brick mason can lay a lot of bricks in a day but he doesn’t because the sheer weight of his work puts stress on the previous row so that he is required to stop and let it set before going on further in his task.

This very same method is used in devotions. When we first start we must prepare our hearts to receive the weighty truths that the Holy Spirit has prepared. Even though there is still light in the day and we could see to go on it is better if we rest in Him and let the Living Word do its’ work. We prepare through prayer asking God to open our hearts to what He has for us today. Then as we read we listen for that still small voice that confirms the WORD and speaks directly to us.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

This is a work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. He is the one who makes us holy.

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

In the beginning of the study we do our P.A.R.T. which is Psalms, Admit, Request, Thanksgiving. Then He does His part L.M.N.O.P. which is Listen, Messages, New Testament, Old Testament, and Proverbs.

Beginning with the Psalms puts our hearts in the right frame of mind, which is our reasonable service.

 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

As we come into the presence of God we admit all to Him.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then it is time to make our requests known.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

We are setting the mood for our quiet time. We are full of thanksgiving.

It starts to pour out. And the natural flow from making our requests is to begin thanking Him for all he has done for us. It is the attitude of gratitude that should permeate our whole being. It is a merging of our heart and mind. An agreement that He has all of us body and soul.

Then we can begin to listen.

Listening is an active process whereby we are able to get the messages that come next in the process of a two-way conversation with Him.

Even if you do not write down any other part of your devotions, I encourage you to write down this part.

When you go back and look at the messages you’ve been given it is amazing to see where the LORD has taken you in your spiritual journey. These messages are followed by confirmation by the WORD through the reading of the New Testament then Old Testament. By this time the words are jumping out of the pages at you and speaking directly to your heart. It is as if the bible was written just for you.

It is important to end your devotions with Proverbs. Here we take the wisdom of the ages with us to use each day. There are 31 Proverb chapters which works out to one for each day of the month.

When you are done then let go and let God because He will transform your heart to want to do His will. Just trust Him each day and in the end you will be built up in Him.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.