-Keep a journal of things God speaks to you in the Word
-Paper and pencil
-I keep a running note in my phone that I date and keep everything current on top.
-Study WITH others.
-If you want to do this for DECADES then do it WITH SOMEONE ELSE. We are created to walk TOGETHER.
-Have a designated time to engage God in the Word.
-Make an appointment and show up.
-Make it reasonable for where you are at. Don’t start with an hour. Start with 15 minutes before bed. Set your phone to “do not disturb” and dig in!!
-Have a Proper Perspective of the Word
-Zoomed out perspective of the Bible: The Word is a book of remembrance and testimonies of His interactions with His family, the Family that is destined to lead the world to salvation and redemption!!
-OT – Follows the story of ONE family, Israel, who is chosen for the Seed, God’s promise for revelation, salvation, and deliverance to come through!!
Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
-NT – Follows the story of The Seed and the fruit of The Seed!! Still going on right now!!
-Types of Bible Study:
1. Bible Reading – reading for VOLUME. You just want to plow through it and get the general feel of the particular book or Old Testament/New Testament.
2. Expository Bible Study – you pick a particular book of the Bible to study and dive into it. You need to find answers to questions like: What did the author intend this to mean to the original reader? What did it mean to the people originally reading it?
Need to know a few things:
-Who wrote it?
-Why did the author write it?
-Who did he write it to?
-When was it written? What are the main cultural and historical factors we need to take into consideration to understand the author’s original meaning?
-If there is a problem, what was the problem present in that particular
Expository Studying Process:
a. Read it by yourself first. If it is short, do it in one sitting, so you can get a good feel of the book.
b. Prayerfully re-read it, making notes as you go, jotting down questions that you have, writing down thoughts that you have.
c. Begin to look up different resources to reference. Remember, first, the Holy Spirit is your Teacher though. But we also need to honor the fact that He has spoken to others and we can glean from them too!
3. Topical Bible Study – you pick a particular topic (grace, wealth, healing, etc.) and see what all the verses in Scripture have to say about that particular subject. Good idea to use Nave’s Topical Bible for this type of study: http://www.naves-topical-bible.com/
4. Bible Meditation – This is the real deal. GOD created meditation, which is basically focusing and filling your mind and spirit with thoughts of HIM and HIS WORD.
List of Additional Resources:
-Find answers to your questions with the following resources!!
–Biblical encyclopedias – Want to know the Biblical/historical significance of a lamp, lampstand, locusts, or some guy named Lo-Ammi in Scripture? Use an online Biblical encyclopedia! http://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/
–Lexicons for word studies – Want to study a particular word in Scripture and maybe explore what it meant in the original language or how it is used in other places in the Bible?! Then you want a Lexicon!! http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/
–Commentaries – Still stumped? Look at this amazing, very reputable New Testament commentary called the IVP New Testament Commentary series which is free!! It gives reputable scholars’ thoughts on all New Testament passages https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/ivp-nt/toc/ Old Testament passages: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (of the whole Bible; great commentary!!) : http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/teb
Link to Meditation Journal Page: