Deeper In the Word
The second skill that we want to equip you with is daily scripture reading. It should be the goal of every Christian to go deeper into the Word of God. The Bible is like a roadmap for life. Some people refer to the Bible as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Devotions like this are important, but they place second to reading your Bible. Reading God’s word encourages and equips you for your day. It always amazes me how I can read a passage of scripture, and it will address an struggle that I am dealing with. God uses it to convict me and to strengthen my resolve. He wants us to go deeper into his word.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!
Let’s look at the heart of the Psalmist. He wants to know God’s word; he wants to be transformed by its power. God’s word is all-powerful, able to pierce even the hardest of hearts. This verse shows us several important principles that come from daily Bible reading. The first principle is that daily reading of God’s word produces a desire to obey what it says. If we approach it with an open and ready heart, it will speak to us.
The second principle we see is the importance of memorization. Storing the word in our hearts not only makes recollection easy but it guides our decisions. Knowing the word can direct our actions. We can recall scripture in a time of discouragement, draw from its wisdom in tough decisions, and use it to minister to a hurting heart.
Cultivates a Desire to Know More
Finally, diving into God’s word creates a heart that wants to know more. When we realize that the scriptures are living and powerful and that applying them to our life produces Godly results, it increases the desire within us to know more. Cultivate a desire to dive deep into God’s word. There are so many great resources that get God’s word in our hands. Download an app on your phone that will set up a Bible reading plan.