Bible study can seem at times like a burdensome, time consuming and an unnecessary activity. Some Christians and believers might feel that if they go to church regularly it is not necessary because they get the Word there. Listening in church, watching a sermon on TV or listening to one on the radio is not studying. All of these things are great and important to your growth and increased knowledge, however, taking time out to read the Word for ourselves and delve into a personal understanding is much more rewarding and will increase the development of building a stronger personal relationship with God.
Once you have decided to study the Word, you will find that you have lots of distractions in your daily life that will keep you from keeping your commitment to read and meditate on Godís Word. You might initially be enthusiastic in thought, but it does not translate into action because of all of the things that seem to get in the way and eat up your time. You might find yourself constantly postponing Bible study time and eventually giving up on the idea. Donít do it!
We have to remind ourselves that we need to continually infuse our mind and spirit with the Word of God because it will assist you in facing the challenges of living in a corrupt world. Studying the Bible is part of our protection as we put on the armor of God. The Word is our defense and is represented as our sword.
Along with the desire to learn from Godís Word, you need to set a schedule in place that works with your life schedule to prevent you from neglecting this commitment to a Bible study schedule.
Here are a few tips to keep you on track with your Bible Study.
1. Attend a local churchís weekly Bible Study and spend time reflecting and asking God for understanding and the application to your life.
2. Take notes during each service with scriptures given, topic and main subject that was addressed. This will give you thoughts to dig deeper into and study the underlying theme in other passages of the Bible.
3. Read a scripture first thing in the morning to reflect on. Scheduling this into your morning ritual can add on only a few minutes but will give you a valuable new thought for each day.
The most important thing is to set aside time that works in your schedule and stick to it.