Make reading your Bible enjoyable! Go on a “hunt” to find promises God has for you. This is especially easy if you are using an online resource. You can simply type in a key word and off you go! Record the references so you can refer back to them later.
Many people find it helpful to keep a journal. You can record what you are reading and learning from the Bible as well as any other insights God gives you about your relationship with Him, how He is working in your life, and what He is doing in and through you. A journal can be a great reminder of God’s blessings and strength!
If this is your first adventure in reading the Bible, it can be easier to start in the New Testament, reading at least one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). Many teachers recommend starting with John. The book of Acts tells about the actions of the early Christians. Acts is a “must read” for all Christians. After Acts, you’ll find the letters to the first Christian churches, which give instructions and guidance for daily living. And finally, in the book of Revelation, you will see how Christ is going to end all things in this world, and begin ruling as “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
One way to read the Bible is to simply open it and read whatever is in front of you. You can definitely gain from this approach, but being a little more systematic will be more beneficial to you in the long run. If you can actually write down some of what you are reading and thinking, that can also be valuable.
Start your reading time with two sheets of paper. On one you write down the things God is teaching you as you read, and on the second you jot down the inevitable things that come to mind that you need to attend to. That will allow you to stay focused.
There is no pressure. Simply read until God shows you something, then stop and think.
As you read, ask yourself questions, and answer them! What does this mean?
- What caused this situation?
- Why did God include this?
- Why is this important?
- Is this really true?
- What difference does knowing this make?
- What action should I take?
- What am I missing?
- What can I claim for myself?
- Am I really trusting God?
As you read, talk to God about everything you are thinking. Cultivate the sense of His presence and His love. Worship Him. Thank Him for what you are reading and learning and thinking and experiencing. Give Him your intense attention and concentration Praise Him.
Many people find it helpful to have a daily reading program helps them read steadily through the entire Bible in a systematic way. There are many plans available!