· Fifth, allow sufficient time to reflect on how the passage applies to your
If this still seems a little overwhelming for you, then try doing an organized Bible
study which will help guide you through the process. It will also help whet your
appetite for the Word and help you become more familiar with the Bible as a whole.
Eventually, one of our goals should involve reading through the entire Bible. Though
we tend to focus on the New Testament, all of Scripture is profitable and useful,
including the Old Testament (2 Tim. 3:16, Rom. 15:4, 1 Cor. 10:6). In fact, the
early Christians only had the Old Testament and relied on it to provide them guidance,
strength, and training. The Old Testament is quoted almost 250 times in the New Testament,
and all of the books of the Old Testament are referenced in the New Testament except
Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Esther. If we focus on only reading the New Testament,
we are limiting ourselves to God’s Word and thus His full revelation to us. By studying
the Old Testament, our understanding of the New Testament is enhanced and furthered.
The Word is as applicable to us today as it was thousands of years ago when it was
written, always providing the right instruction and counsel. That is the beauty of
the Word; it endures forever, generation after generation. “The grass withers and
the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isa. 40:8).
Not only do we need to read the Word, but we also need to try and memorize it – we
need to ingrain it in our hearts and souls. The Word provides an anchor for us, a
root system on which we can draw. During difficult times, we may not have access
to the Word, but if it dwells in us, then we can withstand the trials of this life
and remain faithful to our Lord.
If memorizing Scripture is a difficult area for us, then let’s try and think of some
creative ways to learn the Word such as:
·writing out the verse
·saying the verse verbally
·putting the verse to music/song
·using a pnemonic device or memory aid device
·placing the verse somewhere conspicuous, like the fridge
Even though it may seem challenging let’s try and make a concerted effort to know
the Word. Then, we will stand amazed at how much it has helped us.
Taken from Lorraine’s Bible study A Call to Godly Womanhood. Copyright 2004. All