How to Study the Bible

Devotional

Why Study the Bible?


I’m so glad you have chosen to participate in this study! Taking the time to read and study God’s Word is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. The Bible is our handbook for living—it has all of the answers to living a peaceful, successful and enjoyable life. God uses His Word to teach us, correct us, change us...and help us fulfill our destiny here on earth.


There’s no way to accurately describe just how big of a mess my life was before the Lord began changing me through His Word. I had so many problems that I didn’t even know where to begin! But little by little, God used His Word to transform me from the inside out and heal me from past hurts and wounds. And He will do the same for you. As you study the Word, you will discover the power it has to heal and transform your life (see Psalm 107:20, Hebrews 4:12).


Now, simply reading the Bible is a good thing to do and a great place to begin. However, when we study God’s Word, we get a “deeper understanding”—we are allowing His truth to go down deep into our soul and spirit. 


I recently read that more copies of the Bible have been sold than any other book in the world. Just in the last 50 years, 3.9 billion copies have been sold! In fact, it is the most read book in the world.1 I believe this is the case because there is truly power in God’s Word to change us and help us to live more fulfilling lives. 


In John 6:63, Jesus says that His words are Spirit and life. As we read and study the Bible, God literally transforms who we are and gives us the desire and ability to be more like Him. Simply put, God’s Word is truth, and it’s the truth that sets us free! (See John 8:32.)


Here are just a few of the benefits of God’s Word:



  • It reveals God’s thoughts and renews our mind, so we have the mind of Christ.

  • It teaches us wisdom we can practically apply to our lives, so we know how to handle every situation we face.

  • It’s a book of comfort that brings healing to our spirit, soul and body.

  • It shows us truth and helps us to see changes in our lives that would otherwise be impossible.

  • When we know the truth of God’s Word, it helps us to recognize the lies of our enemy, Satan, who attempts to deceive us. 


Maybe you have felt intimidated by studying the Bible—you’ve wondered where to begin or it seemed too complicated. If so, I’ve been there! And I can’t wait to share some of the lessons I’ve learned over the last 40 plus years…lessons to help you tap into the joy of studying God’s Word and applying it to your life.


Remember, studying the Bible is not something we have to do—it’s simply a way to get to know God and His Word better. And I hope this study helps you discover how simple it can be. 


I am so excited for you because as you begin to read and study, you’ll discover the power it has to change your life because there is life in the Word! 




Pray: “God, thank You for giving me the time and determination to study the Bible. I know that this time with You will help me build a strong spiritual foundation and provide me with the light and direction I need in my daily life. In Jesus’ name, amen.”




1 “The 10 Most Read Books in the World” https://www.insider.com/the-top-10-most-read-books-in-the-world-infographic-2012-12