Today we are combining our challenge of being still, our journey through the Open you Bible study, and our time of Lent. A combination that all comes together when we engage God’s Word. When we sit down and open our bibles we are doing something essential to grow in our relationship with Christ; we are engaging deeply with His Word.
When we engage God’s Word we are doing more than just reading, it is more than just words on a page, it is breathing deep God’s powerful Word and applying it to our lives. Engaging God’s word involves prayer, passion and a desire to hear from Him. A few weeks ago we talked abut 4 steps that we can take to study God’s word:
(1) Prayer – Engage God in prayer, seeking wisdom and opening our hearts and minds to His word.
(2) Read – Spending time reading God’s word, try one full chapter a day.
(3) Write- write what God is showing you or teaching you through the scripture reading and verses that may stand out to you…take it a step further and dig deeper using a Bible dictionary, or commentary when needed.
(4)Apply- take what God is teaching you and applying the truths in your daily life, sharing with a friend, illustrating in your Bible, etc.
Why do we engage God’s word?
One of my favorite quotes from Charles Spurgeon echoes incredible truth “A well marked Bible is the sign of a well-fed soul.” A well marked Bible reflects the time we have spent in it, it reflects the truths God is teaching us. We engage His Word for nourishment, we engage it to see the incredible picture of grace, redemption and mercy of Jesus for all mankind, we engage His word to know Him more, love Him deeper, we engage His word to draw to Him.