Do you feel capable of studying the Bible on your own? Have you thought that you can only learn by being connected to a Bible study or small group? AND, when you are in those groups are you encouraged to discover what God is saying to you personally or just want the passage is saying in general?
God wants you to learn more about Him by studying His Word. That is a fact. AND, He can show you specifics in your life that need to change so you can grow deeper in Him and trust Him more. But. . . you still may need some help, after all you probably didn’t study theology or even have a clue what it means to exegesis scripture (that is a big word for, explain).
So, how can you, alone, grow our faith through your Bible Study? God has created you unique and together we can discover your unique style to enhance your ‘soulwork’ in your personal Bible Study. No more looking for where to study, with whom to study, and even what author to study.
Colossians 2:6-7 in the NLT version has this heading: Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ. And the verses go like this . . . “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
I recently sat with these verses and let God teach me what I needed to learn. I pulled out specific words first: follow, firmly, fixed, founded, flowing and faith. I like to use different versions of the Bible so many of these come from the Amplified version. AND, I love alliteration!
Imagine a large tree with its branches spread wide and your roots down deep. Imagine yourself as that tree. Hold out your arms and feel how you soak up the sun for energy. Bring awareness to your legs and feet; feel yourself planted in the spot like an anchor. It is exhilarating!
God wants you to have this kind of Spiritual Life: a life that is founded/rooted in Him and firmly planted in His Word. Only by following Him and staying fixed on what He has to reveal to you through His Word can faith flow from you onto and over others so they see Jesus in you.
By building your life on His truth you will grow strong in your faith. You may have been ‘taught’ your entire life about the Bible OR you may be new at this Faith-life. Either way, God wants you to continually learn MORE about Him. That is what this Relationship is all about with Him. Know Him better by coming to meet with Him each day.
Where are you in this process? Do you have time set apart each day for Bible Study? Remember, it is not about the amount of time, it is the actual Taking the time that is so important. A method is always great . . . here is one, Journaling.
Before you rebel on me and say, “I can’t journal. I don’t know how to journal. It will take too long . . .”
Let me assure you that journaling is a method for study that DOES work for everyone. You only need to find the WAY to journal that is right for you. God has made no cookie-cutter people so I would not expect you to journal any other way than the way He intended for you to journal. Recording thoughts is just one way to explore a portion of scripture. Writing the actual verses down and marking the words that have meaning or a specific theme is another way to uncover important truths. And, writing down impressions God gives you is yet another way to interact with His Word. The ways are endless; you can find your favorite method OR you can change it up if one way becomes too routine.
Are you ready? Do you want the MOST out of your Bible Study? Then make that appointment with God each day (write it in your calendar). By assessing your multiple intelligences, your learning style, your personality, and even your Spiritual preferences I can create for you best practices to nurture this first relationship with God so you can learn from Him every day. By developing your Personalized Faith Plan (PFP) you will know exactly what type of activities open you up to learn more about God and His will for you. You will also be given activities to incorporate into your spiritual life that will make a real difference in your faith. No more guesswork, these activities are designed to grow your relationship with Christ in a manner true to how He has created you.
I know how busy you are. I know that you want to make the most of each moment in your day. So, Wise Woman, you plan. And, Wise Woman, you also know that your day goes much better when God has filled you up. And you, Wise Woman, want to overflow into all the other parts of your life in a way that is good and serves others. Only by connecting to God, to His super-abundance, in a way that speaks to your heart will you satisfy that desire to know Him better.
Colossians 3:19 finishes by saying be connected to Jesus because “. . . he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.” Meet with Jesus and be nourished each day by Him.
This is Deneen, the Titus Teacher and founder of Grow From Your Overflow, Tap into HIS Super-abundance and you will thrive.