5 Steps to Engage with the Bible

You might ask, Why employ a Scripture engagement process? Simply reading the Bible doesn’t automatically result in a person’s loving God and others. Reflecting on a Bible passage after reading it is imperative for spiritual growth. Similarly, reading a math book doesn’t mean you understand the math or are able to use it. You must engage and try the calculations. Therefore Scripture engagement serves to make passages more personally meaningful to you so they can result in godly living.

Here are some steps to help you prepare to engage with God’s Word.

Ready Your Heart

Your heart is the center of your being. God will not force His presence upon you. He will call to you and wait for you to open your heart to Him (see Rev. 3:20).

As you shape your attitude, much of the rest of the process will naturally follow. For example, the way you choose to approach someone influences the outcome of your meeting. Your attitude as you go in for a job interview, meet potential in-laws, interact with a teacher, or even talk with a friend makes a difference in your experience. The same is true for your experience with the Bible. Expect engagement; expect good things to result from your encounter with God. Ready your heart for dialogue and interaction.

Prepare to Meet with the Lord

Here you prepare to meet Someone specific—God Himself. The foundational premise of Scripture engagement is that when you engage the Bible, you engage God. Spiritual reading of the Bible is a relational process; we primarily read to meet and know God.

If you had the chance to be in the physical, visible presence of Jesus, would you go? It would probably be terrifying; think of all the times in the Bible where “fear not” was needed to calm the hearts of people who had a direct experience with God. But if you went, what should your attitude be? How would you prepare to meet God?

This meeting might cause your sinfulness to surface. Perhaps your reaction would be to confess your sins and ask forgiveness before your meeting. You also might come into Jesus’ presence with gratitude and joy at the chance to meet with your Lord and Savior. Surely your focus would be on Him alone. You would probably be quick to listen to whatever He would say, ready to pay attention to every detail and nuance. Psalm 123:1–2 gives us a good image of how we can prepare ourselves to meet with God: we look to God with the attentiveness of a servant and wait expectantly for instructions from our Master, not wanting to miss a single direction or signal.

We have access to God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit—what an amazing biblical truth (see Eph. 2:183:12). The more we prepare our hearts and minds for meeting God in His Word, just as if we were coming into the physical presence of Jesus, the more life-changing and powerful our experiences with Scripture will be.

Get Practical

Please understand that you won’t necessarily have an emotional experience every time you engage the Bible. The disciples don’t appear to have been overwhelmed by Jesus’ presence every moment they were with Him. But each time can be significant (see Is. 55:11). To prepare to engage with Scripture, do the following:

  • Pick a time. Set aside a specific amount of time in your weekly calendar to engage the Bible so that it becomes a rhythm in your life. Make it a habit just like brushing your teeth or eating three meals a day.
  • Pick the best time. Use your prime time of the day to engage with the Bible. Don’t save it for when you’re the most exhausted or distracted. Are you a morning person or a night person? Plan your time accordingly.
  • Pick a place. Go wherever you naturally go when you want to focus on something important. Using the same place repeatedly trains your brain to set itself to the proper mode when you go there.
  • Briefly ask God’s Spirit to teach you, meet you, and bless your time in His Word (see 1 Cor. 2:16). Commit to obey what you discover about His will.
  • Start small. It is better to start with modest goals and continue the practice than to start with huge goals, get disappointed, and stop.
  • Find a method that works for you. There is no single engagement tool that every person should use.

Deal with Distractions

Distraction is a lively topic for most of us. We have a difficult time slowing down and spending time with the Bible. Distractions seem to pop out of nowhere: external chaos, internal stress, weariness, or an undisciplined mind. With diligent effort, you will grow in your ability to give attention to the Bible. Try these tips:

Get rid of things that usually distract you. Or choose a place for engagement that offers the fewest objects that distract.

  • Journal before you enter the Word. Take a minute to write out your troubles, disappointments, frustrations, joys. Start a conversation with God and then turn to Scripture for what to do.
  • Keep paper handy so you can jot down things that come to mind. Do this throughout your reading. This gets thoughts out of your head as quickly as possible so you can refocus.
  • Change up your routine to a new Scripture engagement practice.
  • Read the passage aloud if you get distracted when silently reading the Bible.
  • Stop feeling guilty about distraction. It’s okay. It happens to all of us. Feeling guilty just adds another distraction. Ask God to redirect your thoughts to the Word.
  • Don’t give up. Scripture engagement, like all spiritual disciplines, gets easier with time. Disciplining the mind is work, but the chance to interact with God through His Word is definitely worth the focused effort.

Choose How Much to Read

Is reading larger quantities of the Bible (perhaps whole books at a time or the Bible in a year) better because you can see the big picture? Or is it better to read one book of the Bible over and over? Or should you take in small portions of the Bible (just a few verses or a paragraph) because you can go into more depth?

The answer is yes! You’ll want to take different approaches at different times. Perhaps begin with smaller portions and work up to larger ones. Experiment to find what is most effective for you.

No matter how much you read, remember the purpose of engaging Scripture: to meet, know, and obey God. Over time God will use His Word to transform you into His image if you let it soak into your life. If you don’t see an immediate change or the practice feels a bit dry, don’t give up engaging the Bible. Let God work in your life as He wants to work. Following these steps will help you get the most from each encounter you have with God in His Word.

###

The Abide Bible: Engage Scripture, Engage God.

Do you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God? The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that come from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

What God Hates the Most

 

NIV DAILY DEVOTIONAL

 (Proverbs 6:16–17, 19)

  • What does it mean to hate something?
  • What does God hate?

Hate is a strong word. And we know that God is a God of love, grace and mercy. So if the Bible tells us that God hates something, we should probably pay attention.

In fact, King Solomon wrote these verses in a form designed to get our attention. He wrote “There are six things” and then wrote “seven.” This used to be a common way for writers to build suspense and to make sure they had their audience’s attention. The knowledge shared in these verses is incredibly important. If we know what God hates, then we can make sure we avoid these things.

Solomon names seven things that God hates. And out of these seven, he mentions lying twice. He writes that God hates a lying tongue and that God hates a false witness who pours out lies. He hates it so much that Solomon said it twice.

It is important that we work to avoid lying of all kinds. Our lies do nothing for us; they only hurt us. And more importantly, they hurt God.

Prayer

Dear God, please keep our tongues from lying and let us tell the truth. Please give us the courage and confidence to always be honest. Amen.

Taken from Once a Day At the Table

 

Bible Gateway Recommendations

 

Buy Now The Beginner’s Bible

Retail: $18.99

Our Price: $7.99

Save: $11.00

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Subscription Information

 
This email was sent to patriziaveen@gmail.com by Bible Gateway, 3900 Sparks Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA. This email is part of a devotional or newsletter that you signed up for on BibleGateway.com. For information regarding our privacy policy, click here. If you have questions or comments about this newsletter, please contact us.

Manage all Bible Gateway subscriptionsOpt Out of all Bible Gateway communication

 
 

 

 

ACTS AND FACTS- INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH

Looking Forward to New Days

As I’m writing this, the Institute for Creation Research is in the middle of stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, from my home office I’m reviewing articles for this issue of Acts & Facts. We’re highlighting Mount St. Helens because it’s been 40 years this month since the volcanic eruption. This event offers a good explanation for how enormous geologic changes can happen in a very short time, and ICR often uses it to illustrate how Noah’s Flood could’ve made catastrophic changes to the earth in a single year.

In “Mount St. Helens, Living Laboratory for 40 Years,” Dr. Tim Clarey and Mr. Frank Sherwin say, “In 1980, Mount St. Helens dropped an outdoor laboratory in geologists’ laps, forcing them to accept catastrophic events as major contributors to Earth’s overall geologic story.” That historic event provided a lab—a profound learning experience—for scientists around the globe.

No doubt, it also impacted the people in the area around Mount St. Helens. Today, as I look at the images of the smoking volcano, I’m not thinking so much about geologic changes—I wonder about the people who lived through it and, sadly, those who did not. Our cover photo gives a glimpse of the power of the volcanic explosion and reminds us of the terror for those who lived nearby. Fifty-seven people died after it unleashed its fury on its surroundings. There was chaos and pain. Grief. Life forever changed for many people that day.

I’m pondering our current place in time, in the middle of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, hunkering down in our homes. I see gray, like the black and white cover image of that deadly event in 1980. Bleakness. I’m reminded of the tragedy, the deaths, and the life changes that happened with the catastrophe.

In a pandemic, we understand fear. We see our vulnerable loved ones and fear for their safety. We’ve struggled with the chaos and uncertainty of sudden life changes. We wonder how long this will last and if our lives will ever return to normal. Some of us have experienced the illness or death of a loved one. We know pain and grief.

Looking back at Mount St. Helens 40 years later from a place of safety and with the assurance that the tragic event is in the past, we can see the catastrophe with a different perspective. We’ve learned some things from it. There are scars, but there’s also new growth. Dr. Clarey and Mr. Sherwin say, “Today, the 40-year-old zone is a lushly treed forest.”

For us, in the middle of this pandemic, we see lots of gray. This virus has touched almost every part of our lives. And while the world may have stopped for now, we know this tragedy will pass. I hope by the time this reaches your mailbox that the chaos caused by this pandemic will be nearing an end. I know for many the pain and grief will be all too real for much, much longer. There will be mourning and scars.

I hope for new days with the “lushly treed forest” for us. It reminds me of the Israelites when they struggled in difficult circumstances and Isaiah reminded them of a better future, telling them that the desert would blossom as the rose (Isaiah 35:1-10). The image with this article reminds us that God is in control and with time things change. The gray will be gone. We can look forward to life in living color. We’ll witness new growth in our world, and flowers will bloom again.

* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2020. Looking Forward to New DaysActs & Facts. 49 (5).

The Latest
COVID-19
Pork, Produce, and Planting for the Future
You probably have noticed over the last several weeks that your visits to the local store have demonstrated a new phenomenon—empty shelves in many…
COVID-19
Big-Picture Balancing Is Needed, Even During Crisis
Recent public health-related developments in America1-3 and in other countries1,4,5,6 have illustrated the need for balance in governmental…
NEWS
‘Early’ Spiral Galaxy Surprise
The naked eye allows us to see just a little of God’s heavenly handiwork, but even this little bit clearly declares God’s glory.1
COVID-19
Norwegian Rats, Archeologists, and Plagues of the Past
Earth has experienced terrible pandemics before coronavirus. Earlier this month, as archaeologists were researching an old Viking trade route in central…
NEWS
Monkey Fossil Confirms Neogene-Quaternary Flood Boundary
A newly published analysis of four fossil molar teeth from a monkey dug up along the left bank of the Yuruá River in the Peruvian Amazon is causing…
NEWS
Inside May 2020 Acts & Facts
Why is Mount St. Helens considered a living laboratory? How does dinosaur DNA confirm recent creation? How do hominids fit with the Bible? What can…
ACTS & FACTS
Faithful Witness in Times of Trouble
The Bible is full of instances where God used periods of trouble to accomplish His will and refine His people. The remarkable record of Job is perhaps…
APOLOGETICS
Disconcerting Duck-Billed Dinosaur DNA
Observable facts have a way of embarrassing erroneous theories. Consider how awkward it is that dinosaur bones or cartilage repeatedly show not only…
ACTS & FACTS
How Do Hominids Fit with the Bible?
A recent survey showed that the most persuasive argument for evolution comes from the iconic drawing of the apes-to-man parade.1 This popular…
ACTS & FACTS
Human Chromosome 2 Fusion Never Happened
One of the more popular arguments used for humans supposedly evolving from apes is known as the chromosome fusion. The impetus for this concept is the…
Weirds Are Word

A word a day challenge showcased from my vision. Words are a prize, ready to be lifted from the soul!

METEOR CREATION, and some other things😁❤️

#meteor #other # #scifi #romance

Miranda J. Chivers

Christian Author and Writer

Www.shwiesh.comاسم الموقع

مدونة شخصية عامة تهتم بالشأن السوري

Weirds Are Word

A word a day challenge showcased from my vision. Words are a prize, ready to be lifted from the soul!

METEOR CREATION, and some other things😁❤️

#meteor #other # #scifi #romance

Miranda J. Chivers

Christian Author and Writer

Www.shwiesh.comاسم الموقع

مدونة شخصية عامة تهتم بالشأن السوري

Just Say Cheese

Fixing the Pixels

JOHN'S PIX: Pictures (great) by my old friend John ("Jet")

"Taken from the portfolio of an unappreciated , unsung genius photographer: Whose constantly brilliant world class works go unheralded , unnoticed , for far too long... etc,,,,," : And this web site was created and shared by "the world's absolutely worst photographer...and the fourth worst writer".

Victoria's blog

Welcome to my very ameture blog!

FunWritings

Where Adults Can easily Tell the Children about Environmental Care and Plan for a Bright Future

Sharing Some Thoughts on Jesus Christ

Encouragement, Motivation and Inspiration through Christ: “We don’t find Jesus – He finds us.”

Sound Of Heaven

This is the day that the Lord has made!

Walt's Writings

Poetry about Life, Love, Music by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

The other side to the knowns

Write what you feel, coz it doesn't make you fear

Stephen Nielsen

My life story, my work, my views, my interests, my writing, my struggles.

Brave, Blessed, and Beautiful

because Grace wins everytime

Holly K. Ross- Writer

Islander by Choice- Writing, Gardening, Island Living

VIHAAN

BEGINNING OF THE NEW ERA

M's Movies Review

We talk Movies.

Weirds Are Word

A word a day challenge showcased from my vision. Words are a prize, ready to be lifted from the soul!

METEOR CREATION, and some other things😁❤️

#meteor #other # #scifi #romance

Miranda J. Chivers

Christian Author and Writer

Www.shwiesh.comاسم الموقع

مدونة شخصية عامة تهتم بالشأن السوري

Just Say Cheese

Fixing the Pixels

JOHN'S PIX: Pictures (great) by my old friend John ("Jet")

"Taken from the portfolio of an unappreciated , unsung genius photographer: Whose constantly brilliant world class works go unheralded , unnoticed , for far too long... etc,,,,," : And this web site was created and shared by "the world's absolutely worst photographer...and the fourth worst writer".

Victoria's blog

Welcome to my very ameture blog!

FunWritings

Where Adults Can easily Tell the Children about Environmental Care and Plan for a Bright Future

Sharing Some Thoughts on Jesus Christ

Encouragement, Motivation and Inspiration through Christ: “We don’t find Jesus – He finds us.”

Sound Of Heaven

This is the day that the Lord has made!

Walt's Writings

Poetry about Life, Love, Music by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

The other side to the knowns

Write what you feel, coz it doesn't make you fear

Stephen Nielsen

My life story, my work, my views, my interests, my writing, my struggles.

Brave, Blessed, and Beautiful

because Grace wins everytime

Holly K. Ross- Writer

Islander by Choice- Writing, Gardening, Island Living

VIHAAN

BEGINNING OF THE NEW ERA

M's Movies Review

We talk Movies.

Weirds Are Word

A word a day challenge showcased from my vision. Words are a prize, ready to be lifted from the soul!

METEOR CREATION, and some other things😁❤️

#meteor #other # #scifi #romance

Miranda J. Chivers

Christian Author and Writer

Www.shwiesh.comاسم الموقع

مدونة شخصية عامة تهتم بالشأن السوري

Just Say Cheese

Fixing the Pixels

JOHN'S PIX: Pictures (great) by my old friend John ("Jet")

"Taken from the portfolio of an unappreciated , unsung genius photographer: Whose constantly brilliant world class works go unheralded , unnoticed , for far too long... etc,,,,," : And this web site was created and shared by "the world's absolutely worst photographer...and the fourth worst writer".

Victoria's blog

Welcome to my very ameture blog!

FunWritings

Where Adults Can easily Tell the Children about Environmental Care and Plan for a Bright Future

Sharing Some Thoughts on Jesus Christ

Encouragement, Motivation and Inspiration through Christ: “We don’t find Jesus – He finds us.”

Sound Of Heaven

This is the day that the Lord has made!

Walt's Writings

Poetry about Life, Love, Music by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

The other side to the knowns

Write what you feel, coz it doesn't make you fear

Stephen Nielsen

My life story, my work, my views, my interests, my writing, my struggles.

Brave, Blessed, and Beautiful

because Grace wins everytime

Holly K. Ross- Writer

Islander by Choice- Writing, Gardening, Island Living

VIHAAN

BEGINNING OF THE NEW ERA

M's Movies Review

We talk Movies.

Weirds Are Word

A word a day challenge showcased from my vision. Words are a prize, ready to be lifted from the soul!

METEOR CREATION, and some other things😁❤️

#meteor #other # #scifi #romance

Miranda J. Chivers

Christian Author and Writer

Www.shwiesh.comاسم الموقع

مدونة شخصية عامة تهتم بالشأن السوري

Just Say Cheese

Fixing the Pixels

JOHN'S PIX: Pictures (great) by my old friend John ("Jet")

"Taken from the portfolio of an unappreciated , unsung genius photographer: Whose constantly brilliant world class works go unheralded , unnoticed , for far too long... etc,,,,," : And this web site was created and shared by "the world's absolutely worst photographer...and the fourth worst writer".

Victoria's blog

Welcome to my very ameture blog!

%d bloggers like this: