How to Study

ďThe LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.Ē --Proverbs 2:6

Profitable Bible study involves more than just opening to a chapter and reading whatís there. Here are seven guidelines to help you make the most of your study of the Bible.

1. Set aside a regular time. Unless you schedule it, youíll neglect it.

2. Before you start reading, ask God for help and understanding.

3, Carefully think about what you are reading. The treasures of the Bible seldom lie like pebbles on the surface. To mine the gold, you have to dig.

4. Try to understand what the author was saying to the first people who read the book or letter before you decide what it means for you.

5. Write down at least one truth or principle you can put into practice.

6. Try different translations of the Bible. If you find yourself skimming over familiar words, a new translation may focus your mind on the passage in a new way.

7. Donít get discouraged. Some parts of the Bible are more interesting than others, and some you may not understand at all. But thereís enough that you can understand, and if you apply what you understand it will revolutionize your life.

Now read again todayís verses with the above principles in mind. Then try it again tomorrow. If you do, you will begin to discover the treasures of the Bible. -Haddon Robinson

When reading Godís Word, takes special care

To find the rich treasures hidden there;

Give thought to each line, each precept clears,

Then practice it well with godly fear. -Anon,

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