Hi guys. A lot of people make Bible reading seem so easy, but for a lot of us, it’s not as simple as picking it up and reading. Some of us struggle with reading the Bible. It’s either there’s no urge at all to even read it, or we have the urge but we don’t like reading it.
Some of us really really want to be that person that opens his or her Bible everyday, without guilt or needing prompting but it just isn’t working. You either pick it up with good intentions and get distracted by the Tv or Facebook, a ringing phone or a crying baby, or you start reading and you get bored half way through. You don’t understand what you are reading but you know you have to go through the motions.
I have news for us. Bible reading and studying can be fun and interesting, you can totally be that person who reads the Bible everyday without being forced to.
Here are some simple tips.
If you struggle with Bible reading , then praying and telling God your mind and desire to read more of his word can really help. This is what worked for me above all others. I simply laid my heart out to God.
2) Get a Bible you can understand.
I think it’s a good idea to have a KJV, but it has a lot of “thou” and “unto”, and if you find it hard to understand or read then it’s a good idea to get a simpler version for starters. You can compare notes with the King James Version later on when you get the hang of it. A few people I spoke with give the Amplified version good reviews. It’s also a good idea to have more than one version so you can compare notes.
3) Buy a new Bible.
At times we literally judge a book by its cover. And that cover may not motivate us to read it. Be honest with yourself, do you love the way your Bible looks, are you motivated to read It? If the answer is no, get a new Bible, one you picked out by yourself. I really thought I needed a new Bible because of the Class I teach, that is until I bought two new ones , KJV and NIV ( don’t judge me, i have difficulty choosing stuff, there were literally tons of Bibles at that Bookshop ) and I realized that I also needed a new Bible. I love the cover and I love touching, holding, reading them. I have practically abandoned the old one. Lol. On top of all the love I professed in that post.
4) Get a Bible reading plan.
Bible reading plans are a good way to study the Buble within a specified time. While it may sound cool to be that person who opens any page in the Bible and reads it. Thing is, if you aren’t at that level yet, you end up reading in an unorganized manner. Some of us need structure. Work out the best reading plan for you. Could be Chapter by chapter, Book by book, Start right at the Beginning and end at Revelation, part by part etc.
5) Get a devotional.
Devotionals all have Bible reading plans designed to complete the Bible within a certain period. if it works for you, go for it. It doesn’t work for me though, as I tend to read a lot of pages of the devotional when I remember I have one, sometimes I flip to the end or the middle.
6) Determination and Discipline.
You have to be determined to read that Bible. Your flesh doesn’t want to read the Bible, it wants to Instagram and watch Chelsea vs Tottenham or Man U. Lol ( can you tell I don’t watch football?) It wants to sleep and gossip, You need to train it to obey what you want. You cannot do that without the help of the Holy Spirit. You therefore have to want to read the Bible. Determine how you want to read and study and keep to it.
7) Get a pen and paper.
Thi is to write down what comes to mind as you read the Bible. It helps a lot as you can always refer back to it.
8) Download an app.
Yay! Now you have an excuse to stare at your phone or device all day. There are many great Bible apps and devotionals so that will make Bible reading easier. You literally have it at hand wherever you go. So no excuse.
9) Download or buy Concordance, Bible Dictionaries, Commentaries and study Bibles.
These aid your understanding. Just be sure to let the Holy Spirit also explain and interpret to you. Don’t forget that the Bible was written with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
10) Get an audio Bible.
This should not replace your physical Bible but if you are the spoken word type, you will love it. you can listen in the Car, while working, before sleeping etc. You can also play music if you like listening to music. By music I mean godly music oh, that can put you in the mood to read the Bible.
Ehhhhhmmmm! I have run out of tips oh. Lol. I hope this helps someone.
Don’t be afraid to read the Bible your way.
If you are a slow reader, no sense rushing it. If you like motivation, you can have a reading group on whatsapp and a few of you can remind yourselves to read everyday. If you need accountability, then tell someone who can keep you accountable everyday till you find your feet. Don’t forget to meditate and pray.
You should totally read up on the Bible Characters study I just started on the blog. It’s aimed at motivating us to want to know more about those characters and by extension the Bible. God will help all of us in Jesus name.
Pls feel free to add more tips. How do YOU study the Bible? What helps you to read it often ? What makes you not read often?
We would love to know.