"Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Before you open God's Word, stop all other activities and remove distractions. Give the Lord your full attention. Be still, and consciously enter into the presence of the Savior. Look unto the Lord Jesus. Do not rush into His presence, but enter reverently and lovingly.
"Give attendance to reading." (1 Timothy 4:13)
Read the Word of God thoughtfully and carefully. Plan to read the Scriptures with some sequence. Read a passage thoroughly. It is better to read a short passage well than to read a long portion with little comprehension.
"Thou shalt meditate therein day and night." (Joshua 1:8)
After reading a passage, ask this question, "What is God saying?" Think about what you just read. Meditate on God's Word. Notice key words and phrases, and seek to find God's emphasis. You will likely re-read some portions of Scripture as you meditate on God's message to you.
"Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables." (Habakkuk 2:2)
As God by His Spirit speaks to you, take the time to write down the truths you are discovering in His Word. Perhaps you have found a promise to claim or a command to heed. Perhaps God has shown you a sin that needs to be confessed or a stumbling block to avoid. In your own words, make a record of what God is saying. Expressing your thoughts in words will help you to remember what you have learned about God.
"Men ought always to pray, an d not to faint." (Luke 18:1)
When you are abiding in the Lord and in His Word, you are ready to meet Him in prayer. Our Savior not only longs to speak to us, He also longs to hear us speak to Him. Pray specifically about the things He has revealed to you in His Word.
"Observe to do according to all that is written therein." (Joshua 1:8)
God's revelation to us demands a response. His Word is to be acted upon. The purpose of knowing the Scriptures is not to obtain knowledge, but to glorify God by living in obedience to His will. When the Lord speaks to you through his Word, obey His commands, and obey immediately.
"...The same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:2)
The Holy Spirit will continue to teach us His Word if we are willing to pass it along to others. Deliberately share with others the treasures you have found in the Scriptures. Be a living testimony of the power of the Word of God.
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