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Have you ever wanted to study the Bible, but find it a little too intimidating?
Maybe you’re new to Bible Study and don’t know the names of the books, let alone where to start.
Or, maybe you’ve read the Bible before an want to start again, but just don’t know how.
Wherever you are in your study, REMEMBER that Bible Study is a PROCESS and it takes time to get the hang of things.
But, if you’re like me, sometimes it can feel a little intimidating and can discourage you from getting started.
Here are some ways that I think will help you push past the intimidation and go deeper into the word of God!
Take A Second, And Think About What You’re Looking For
Let’s be honest, most times when people study the Bible, it’s to find the answer to something that we’re currently tackling in our lives.
I mean, the word of God is supposed to be The Book that contains all the answers, isn’t it?
Well yes, and no.
You see, you can’t get an answer to a question you haven’t completely formed yet.
a question that isn’t completely thought out.
Let me give you an example, “God, why is my life so hard right now? What did I do to deserve this?”
This is a question I cook up everytime life knocks me off my high-horse.
Then, when I run to the Bible for the answer, I find myself disappointed EVERYTIME.
Because I asked a question similar to, “what’s the meaning of life?” And those answers are NOWHERE.
But one day, I realized that when I started asking God more specific questions, he pointed me to exactly what I was looking for.
So, be specific about what you want, and you’ll find the answer you need.
Proverbs 4:10-13 Listen, my son: accept my words, and you’ll live a long, long time. I have directed you in the way of wisdom, and I have led you along straight paths. When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go! Guard wisdom, because she is your life!
Don’t Be Afraid To Look Up Ideas Online
I feel so silly about this now, but when I first started studying the Bible, I thought looking up certain verses and books online was cheating.
I thought that studying the Bible was supposed to be this mystical experience.
An experience where God flips the pages to a passage, that would suddenly solve all my problems.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
I’ve had those experiences where He just shows you a passage that you never knew you needed until you read it.
And in those moments, you feel incredibly connected to Him.
You feel almost like he’s right there studying beside you.
However, these moments occur very sporadically and if you expect it to happen each time you study, you’ll be disappointed.
So it’s OKAY to look online for some inspiration.
I suggest Pinterest, because you’ll always be able to find some great Bible Study Plans & Ideas to help get you started.
Remember That It’s Not A Competition
I grew up in a church where the more bible verses you knew by heart, the “holier” your were considered to be.
Now, I personally believe mindlessly spewing out John 3:16 doesn’t make you a better Christian.
Studying, believing, and acting on it does.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
So, when you scroll through Instagram and Pinterest and see all of those perfectly compiled bible journaling pictures and posts, remember that no one came out of the womb a biblical scholar.
And no one expects you to remember the book of Proverbs on command either.
THE TRUTH IS, IT GETS EASIER…
So being honest, yes, the Bible can be very intimidating, ESPECIALLY to new readers.
But what we all have to remember is this…
Studying the Bible is supposed to be an experience we ENJOY and LEARN from, not run from.
I can personally say that since I started looking at it differently, the intimidation has faded away.
And eventually, you start to look forward to reading it, curious as to what you’ll find next.
So To Help You Get Started…
If you are looking to dip your toes in the water, you can always try the BEGINNER-FRIENDLY & FREE study plans that YouVersion offers on their app.
Just go to your app store and download it!
It’s COMPLETELY Free!
However, in my humble opinion, putting a pen to a paper helps you remember and meditate on the things you learned ALOT better.
So, if you would like something more “tangible” like journaling, and coloring, try out these AWESOME BEGINNER- FRIENDLY BIBLE STUDY KITS from DaySpring.
They’re perfect for whoever wants to start or go deeper into their Bible Study.
And if you’re like me and kinda need a push or reminder to stay on track, try out FaithBox!
Alright, Ladies And Gents…
It is my prayer that this post blessed you, and if it did, bless your neighbor by sharing it!
P.S. I want to thank you for the non-ending support that I’ve received, the testimonies I’ve heard, and the way this blog has brought me closer to God as well.
NEVER underestimate your impact on someone else’s journey.