Every time you open your Bible, do you feel overwhelmed and inadequate? Do you wonder where to start? I know how discouraging it can be to open your Bible and have no idea what to do
with what you are reading.
I often hear Christians say things such as, “Be In the Word” or “Get into God’s Word,” to grow. But most believers today do not know what to with their Bible. As I meet new and seasoned believers, young and old, rich and poor, it amazes me how much they desire to grow closer to God, and yet are not equipped to use the Bible to do so.
Most people today rely on commentaries or sermons to tell them everything they need to know about God’s Word. Commentaries and sermons are a good way to learn, but when they are your
only channel to the Word of God, it means you are growing in someone else’s interpretation
of the scriptures, rather than learning to understand the scriptures on your
Growing in your faith should be an engaging and fun personal journey!
I have found great wisdom and direction in the ways first century believers grew in their faith! During the time of Jesus, the people did not have a Bible at their fingertips. They had to attend the local synagogue in order to hear the scriptures read to them from a scroll! The people were so zealous that they attended their local service to hear the words of the Bible, and then they spent this time memorizing every word they could, so that they could bind the words of God on their hearts. The author of Proverbs encourages us to do the same!
My son, keep my words,
And treasure my commands within you.
Keep my commands and live,
And my law as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 7:1-3 (NKJV)
Today we can hear the Bible via a multitude of audible versions. Welcome to the Digital Age! Like first century believers, we want to use the tools of our day to grow in our faith. But what does this mean for the art of memorization? If everything I need to know about the Bible has an answer at the click of a button, why would I need to memorize God’s Word?
Memorizing passages of scripture takes time, but it is something we should strive to accomplish. According to Psychology Today, memorization trains the brain with the skills to facilitate future learning. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means committing to being a learner under His teachings. You may discover that writing passages helps you to better retain and understand them. I can’t think of a better way to become more like Jesus every day, than to read, write, recite and memorize His word.
Since the very beginning of my journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I have found great joy in journaling. Journaling became a part of my daily routine very early on in my walk with God. I was zealous as a new believer. My life was changing so quickly for the better that I began to document my journey. It was merely an accident that I discovered scripture writing to be a great way to be “In the Word.” During my journaling adventure, I realized that it was the tool I needed to absorb God’s Word and apply it to the growth I was experiencing as a believer. At first, I just wrote randomly, but as I grew, I gained the desire to learn the chronology of the Bible and to begin writing the bigger story of the Bible. In discipling new believers, I point them to scripture writing to help them learn these fundamentals.
Do you want to gain confidence in your devotion time to begin reading, writing, and memorizing the Word of God? Are you looking for a plan and that will equip you to take any section of scripture and use it to grow your faith? Are you eager to learn more about the God of the Bible? Scripture writing is a great way to do all of this!
One of the most difficult things to do is look at a blank page and not know where to start. When I started writing scripture, I was merely winging it. I picked random sets of verses or a book of the Bible and just started writing. I still enjoy picking random verses to write, but I found that my growth came when I had a purpose in the scriptures I selected. Writing chronologically through major characters and events, for instance, gave me greater insights into the big picture of the Bible. It helped me see how the little pieces I had been writing fit into the overall story. Is this something you would like to learn?
Since it is the beginning of a new year, it is a great time to start your own scripture writing plan! Here are some options:
As you start this year, start a new chapter in your spiritual life with scripture writing. Drop me a note below tell me what you are writing first – I would love to hear from you!