6 Ways to Read and Understand the Bible

6 Ways to Read and Understand the Bible

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6 Ways to Read and Understand the Bible

As you explore Gods word, there are principles which must be considered for one to get the actual message from the word. We have seen funny and weird interpretations of the word of God today, many have lost path due to misunderstanding of the scriptures. In this article we list principles which will guide and help you read and understand the Bible so that it can reform your life.

Studying the Bible will strengthen your understanding, give you the strength to overcome destructive habits and enable you to develop physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. The Bible speaks to the heart. It deals with the experiences of humanity, birth, love, marriage, parenthood and death. It heals the deepest wound in human nature, sin and the misery resulting from it. The following are the principles of reading and understanding the Bible.

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i. Study the Bible with a prayerful heart

If you approach scripture with a heart and mind opened through prayer, it becomes a personal contact with Jesus. You should make it a routine, culture or habit of always praying before reading the Bible. By doing this we create a special connection between us and the Holy Spirit who always guides us through our understanding of the Bible. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:13-14 KJV)”

ii. Read the Bible daily

Daily Bible study is a key to power in our lives, an encounter with the mind of God. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believe; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)”

iii. As you read it, let the Bible speak for itself

Ask: what did the Bible writer intend to say? By grasping what a text means we can apply it intelligently to our life today. The habit of making our own conclusions and understandings will lead us to the wrong path. It’s the Holy Spirit responsibility to enable us understand the scriptures.

iv. Study the Bible by subject

Compare scripture. Jesus used this method to prove that He was the Messiah: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself (Luke 24:27 KJV)” By putting together all that the Bible has to say on a certain subject we gain a balanced perspective.

v. Study the Bible to receive power to live for Christ

The Word of God is described in Hebrews 4:12 as sharp, double-edged sword. It’s more than words on a page, it’s a living weapon in our hands to fight off temptations to sin. By studying the Bible we receive the powers to live according to Gods wish and plan for mankind. We acquire the Christ like character in us.

vi. Listen as God speaks to you through His word

If a person is to know the Bible truth about a certain subject, he or she must be willing to follow what it teaches “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17)”, not what some person thinks or what some church teaching asserts.

God’s Word is not a book of one race, one age, one nation, or one culture. Although written in the East, it also appeals to men and women in the West. It enters the homes of the humble and the mansions of the wealthy. Children love its exciting stories. Its heroes inspire young people. The sick, the lonely, and the aged discover in it comfort and hope for a better life.

Because God works through the Bible, it has great power. It breaks even hearts hardened against all human emotion, softening and filling them with love. We have seen the Bible turn a liar and a cheat into honest and upright teacher. And we have seen this book snatch people from the brink of suicide and give them a hopeful new beginning.

The Bible awakens love among enemies. It makes the proud humble and the selfish generous. The Bible strengthens us in weakness, cheers us in despondency, comforts us in sorrow, guides us in uncertainty, and soothes us when weary. It shows us how to live courageously and how to die without fear.

Let’s make our Bible a priority in our life, because the secrets to happiness, peace, love, success, healing and growth is found in it. May the Almighty God be with you in your journey of reading the word; be blessed and spread this by sharing this article to everyone around you.

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