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How can I become more serious to read and understand that bible?

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Thank you for your great question about reading and understanding the Bible. Getting to grips with the Bible is so important as it is the revelation of God to us. It is where God makes Himself known to us and where we can hear His voice.

Firstly, being serious about getting to grips with the Bible is more than just about simply reading it. It is about our motivation for reading the bible in the first place. If we approach reading the Bible as a means of simply increasing our biblical knowledge then we are missing the point. Our motivation for reading the Bible should be to know God, meet with God and hear from Him. 

Jesus, speaking to the Jews, said on one occasion: "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life" (John 5:39-40). We make a serious mistake if we come to the book but do not seek the God who reveals Himself through the book.

Secondly, you need to understand that we need God, specifically the Holy Spirit, to help us understand the Bible and to meet God in it. Without the enlightening work of the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes and speak to our hearts the activity will be dry and purely academic. Jesus said: "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority; but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come" (John 16:13).  On this theme we read; Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God (1 Corinthians 2:12). If we are to seriously understand the Bible we must approach our reading of it with humble dependence on the Spirit of God to graciously open our spiritual eyes and reveal the wonderful truths of God to us. Always pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, will help you as you read and reveal Himself to you.

Thirdly you need to read it for all it's worth! There is no substitute for reading, reading again and then reading again and so on. Typically we might read a few verses a day or a chapter a day, perhaps two, but I encourage you to devour it, looking to read it as often as possible! This is not detailed study but simply reading. Set aside other times to study parts of it in detail but read it continuously and constantly. Set aside time to do this every day.

There are different Bible reading plans that you can follow but I suggest you start at Genesis and read at this fast pace through the Bible from beginning to end. It will not only increase your familiarity with the Bible but you have this great perspective of God’s unfolding plan of salvation and tune in to God’s heart beat; this great desire to be in a love relationship with us, to have a people for Himself. As you read you can underline verses that speak to you and then pray through them after or even share them with others. This helps to keep your focus while you read and keep your heart attentive.

There is so much that could be said about reading the Bible but I hope the points set out above will give you a great foundation for enjoying the Bible but more importantly meeting with the God of the Bible. Come to your Bible with the motivation of wanting first and foremost to meet with God, seek the help of the Spirit in doing this and then read, read, read and read again!

If reading this answer to your question has given you a desire to know God, which you can through His Son Jesus Christ, then please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. 
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Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • Psalm 119:1-16 and verse 105

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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