How should you read God’s Word?
With diligence—Read regularly and carefully; try to understand what you read.
Preparation—Have a plan. You might, for example, alternate between an Old Testament book and a New Testament book. Have helps nearby such as a reliable Bible handbook, a good Bible dictionary or a sound commentary—and use them.
Prayer—Ask the Holy Spirit to cause you not only to understand the passage but to apply it to your life (Psalm 119:18; Luke 11:13).
With faith—Pay attention to the warning of the writer to the Hebrews: “But the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith” (Hebrews 4:2).
And with love—“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97).
Lay it up in our hearts—Memorize, and meditate upon, God’s Word (Psalm 119:11; Deuteronomy 31:19).
Practice it in our lives—Obey the Word you read and hear preached. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).
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