Quiet Time Component #2: Studying God’s Word

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A second component of quiet time that Lysa TerKeurst mentioned in a video for her Bible study, Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart, is studying God’s Word. If you want to get to know God, you need to learn more about Him – how He acts and reacts, what matters to Him, and what He expects from us. All of this information is available to you in the Bible.

God’s ways are counter-cultural, and He does not change. Everything that you allow into your mind shapes how you think. If you don’t spend lots of time studying God’s Word, then the culture will shape the way you think, which will lead you farther away from God. Conversely, filling your mind with Scripture – not only reading it but also studying it and meditating on it – will change the way you think to better align with how God thinks.

In addition, Joyce Meyer frequently points out on her television show, Enjoying Everyday Life, that the Bible is like medicine. For example, let’s say I struggle with anger. I need to meditate on passage of Scripture that teach me how to deal with anger – to pray for my enemies and forgive them. Reading those passages is not enough – I need to actually DO them. If anger is my issue, then meditating on passages re: prosperity isn’t going to heal this area of my life. That would be like putting a Band-Aid On my head instead of taking an aspirin for a headache.

I find Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, to be particularly helpful with this. For example, if I am struggling with feeling rejected, I will pray scripture prayers out of the chapter entitled Overcoming Feelings of Rejection. As I pray God’s Word about how He views the situation, I reprogram my mind to agree with God’s perspective. I cannot emphasize enough how powerful this has been in my personal life and personal spiritual journey.

To be continued…

[Graphic: Cover of Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds. Courtesy Amazon.]

 

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Seven Fundamental Practices: Bible Study

bibleBible study is critical to growing your relationship with God. Sadly, many Christians do not seem to appreciate the power packed into that book. The Bible is God’s Word, and God used His words to speak the world into being. God’s Word is a spiritual weapon that you can use to fight back whenever you are tempted to believe something contrary to God’s perspective. The Bible is also “medicine” you can use to heal whatever ails you, whether that is anxiety, fear, or anything else that steals your joy, peace, and contentment.

Your Bible isn’t doing you any good sitting on your bookshelf. You need to get God’s words into your heart and spirit, and that happens by studying it. While reading the Bible has its place, you will best “arm yourself” by studying it, and that happens as you meditate on a passage of scripture.

What exactly do I mean by this? Let me provide you with a concrete example…

Let’s say that you struggle with feeling unloved. Use Biblegateway.com or a concordance to locate Bible verses that tell you God’s perspective on whether you are loved. One verse you might find is Psalm 36:5:

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the skies.

You know how when you feel unloved, you worry about it? You think about one example after another that supports the lie that you are unloved. You roll the thought around and around in your head. Do the same thing, only do it with God’s words instead.

This passage says that God’s love reaches to the heavens. Think about how high that is – from the ground all the way up to the stars. Considering the sun is a star, think about how far away each star must be to appear that small in the sky. Now think about filling up all of that space with God’s love for you. Where can you go that you are not surrounded by His love?

Now, think about God’s faithfulness reaching to the skies. We see the sky during the day but the stars at night. Perhaps we are better attuned to His faithfulness when the sun is shining, hence the comparison to the skies, but in the darkness of night, our vision stretches far beyond the skies to the heavens. God’s faithful reaching the skies is high enough, but His love reaching the heavens? That’s even into other universes. I cannot even wrap my mind around the height, depth, width, and breadth of a love that transcends this one universe.

Do you see how powerful Bible study is? It’s critical to a strong walk with God because it enables you to digest what He tells us about Himself until it becomes a part of who you are.

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[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace reading the Bible. Courtesy Bitmoji.]