I’ll never forget the thrill of meeting Jesus when I was a teenager!  I loved reading my Bible. It was life to my soul. In time though, I began listening to others’ opinions on the Bible instead of deepening my faith in a personal God through my own Bible study. Before long I was pretty confused.

I have found that many people are in a similar situation. They are bewildered by the opinions of others and confused about what God really thinks. Perhaps you are one of them.

The turning point came when I started praying to hear God’s voice. He began teaching me principles of Bible study that have made His Word truly become “the Word of Life” to me (1 John 1:1). I’d like to share those principles with you in this four-part series on understanding the Bible.

A God-Led Conversation

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

One of the most important things God taught me is that He wants us to understand His thoughts. His desire to converse with us is far greater than our desire to talk with Him. God wants to engage us in conversation so that we can understand Him clearly through His written Word.

But I have learned that understanding the Bible does not come through a superficial scan. Instead, true Bible study is made up of three repeated steps: 1) Biblical reading, 2) Biblical thinking and 3) Biblical application.

We will explore these steps in detail in coming issues. As we do, you’ll see how they work together to radically expand your understanding of God’s Word. They have transformed my life. I know they’ll transform yours too.

For today, I invite you to begin praying this prayer from Jeremiah 33:3 each day:

“Father God, I want to understand your Word! Please teach me. I want to hear Your voice speaking to me. Thank you for answering, just as You have promised, and showing me great and mighty things about Yourself. I can’t wait to see what You have for me today in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


How Long, O Lord?

Have you every prayed for the same thing over and over only to hear nothing from God? At least it seems that way sometimes. But the truth is God is always listening to and communicating with us. We can trust Him to answer in the best way and at the right time.

New to Bible Study? This is for You!

Are you just starting on your journey of Bible study? Then start here. This post will point you in the right direction for meaningful, personal Bible study.
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Discovering Christ in Scripture

Jesus is the greatest treasure that we can have! How do we make sure not to miss Him in our Bible study? Jesus tells us how in the parable of Matthew 13:44. Also discover practical ways to make sure you see Jesus in every part of the Bible.

Intercessory Prayer – The Prayer that Changes the World

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson. History overflows with stories of what intercessory prayer has wrought. They show us what God can do when we partner with Jesus in the work of praying for the salvation of others. Learn how to pray effectively for others.

Six Truths the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us

Jesus' model prayer is beautiful and brief. We've heard it often, but what does it really mean for us today? Here are six truths the Lord's Prayer reveals about prayer and our relationship with God.

The Sabbath Solution

We are perpetually tethered to work by our devices. We answer emails and work on projects off the clock. Then we rack up additional screen time scrolling through social media and binge watching our favorite shows. The result—anxiety and depression rates are at all-time highs. Experts are seeking solutions. God has the answer.

The Heart of The Sabbath

God took the day off work to pursue His relationship with Adam and Eve. He is just as passionate about His relationship with each of us today. He desires to be our best Friend. Jesus loves us and the Sabbath proves it!

Bible Q&A: What does is mean that Jesus will come “as a thief in the night”?

Why does the Apostle Paul say that Jesus will come “as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2), but Jesus says that “every eye will see Him” (Rev. 1:7)? Can the Second Coming be both?

How to Turn On God’s Alarm Clock

What if begin the day filled with a sense of God’s presence and assured you of His love and interest? You can! God would be glad to wake you up. Learn how to turn on His alarm clock tomorrow morning.
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