STUDY – The Bible never fails to inspire, enlighten, guide and educate.

SCRIPTURE:  “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.  I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”  –  Psalm 119:15-16 – NIV

TURNING POINT:

People who lead fulfilled lives are always growing through continuous learning.  For the committed believer, the best thing to study and learn is God’s word.  One of the most exciting things I have discovered about The Bible is that there are always new treasures to be unearthed.  As we mature in faith we require more and more solid food, able to digest new truths that a younger heart would not be ready to accept.  My NIV bible labels the section of scripture in Hebrews 5:11-14, Warning Against Falling Away.  The writer encourages us to move beyond elementary truths, not continuing to learn them all over again!  “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil (vs 14).”

My Malaysian expat bible study group worked through Beth Moore’s Esther, It’s Tough Being a Woman.  There are only nine chapters, and the study is nine weeks long.  We studied only a few verses each week, but it was really fun and interesting to gain insight from extra information about the Persian culture and history at the time of the story setting.  The group had time to delve into each character’s psyche to understand the real dynamics among them, and God’s activity in and among them.  We even learned about chiastic structure and peripety literary devises!

Don’t consider bible study as any task that is complete, for even a life time of dedication to reading God’s word would fail to reveal all there is to know.  Take your time and get all you can out of each book, chapter, and verse.  Count yourself fortunate and blessed if you own a bible or have access to one.  There are many translations and study guides available on the internet as well.  The best way to know God and God’s will is to study God’s word.

 

“The Bible was divinely designed to change lives in a radical way, and it is perpetually relevant to all times and cultures.”  – Bruce Wilkinson & Kenneth Boa

A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)

Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.

1. How much time do you spend reading The Bible; with what frequency?
2. Do you simply read or take time to truly study?  What tools or guides do you use?
3. Have you seen your thirst for God’s word increase as your faith matures?  Why or why not?
Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.
Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.