In this series we are exploring four spiritual disciplines the early church put into practice and how you can use them in your journey toward a thriving life. This is the first in our series and we're learning about spending time in the Word.
Explore with me what I learned from our pastor recently about spending time in the Word.
Why Spending Time In The Word is Important
God's word is rich in insight and inspiration. It can help us every day. As I purpose to spend time in the Word daily I have found that there are no life circumstances the Word cannot help us with.
What can God's word do for us?
It can teach, train and equip:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:16
It can help us remain pure:
” How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”
~ Psalm 119:9
It can help us overcome the attacks of the enemy:
“I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
~ 1 John 2:14
It is an encouragement to us:
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
The scriptures are not the end, they are a road map to Jesus.
Reading the word of God, we see that the Old Testament points to Jesus. Then we get to walk with Him through the Gospels and walk with the early church as they learned how to live as Jesus commanded. And lastly, we get a glimpse of what our victorious Savior will do upon His return to call home the Church.
How to Learn From The Word
How do we learn from the Word? We get into it daily. But this “getting into” – what does it practically look like? How do we put the Word into our everyday life?
Listen to God's Word – Sunday morning service or recorded services on television.
Reading God's Word – Here's a year-long reading plan if you'd like to read through the bible in a year.
Studying God's Word – Seek out the original meaning of words and seek to understand the context and references of the time the book was written.
Memorizing God's Word – I never understood the purpose of memorizing scripture. I remember going to vacation Bible schools as a child where we'd be tasked with memorizing scripture and where we'd show our awesome memorization skills at the end of the week. But after a few weeks, I'd forget most, if not all, of it. I forgot because I wasn't practicing it, recalling it. I wasn't recalling it because I don't remember being taught the practical (and vitally important) part of scripture memorization:
Memorizing scripture is not for the purpose of reciting it at a moment's notice when someone demands it. It is for declaring, from the heart, the truths of God when life demands it.
Meditating on God's Word – Ponder, reflect and repeat it throughout the day. If a scripture jumps out at you, roll it around in your head that day. Think about it throughout your day.
Daily Time With God
Being in God's word daily is the first of four spiritual disciplines we are learning about. I encourage you spend time every day in His word. Don't be legalistic about it. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or two, or even a week. Set out to spend daily time in the word, but don't stress over the days it doesn't happen.
It's not about creating an ultra romantic setting to be in the Word, it's about having an open heart to allow His word to penetrate deep into your spirit and soul.
What challenges have you faced with getting into the Word daily? What tips do you have to help others?
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