So, lately, I’ve had writers block. I’ve tried to commit to write several articles a month, but lately, I’m stuck. I had finally decided I would structure my work flow to allow me to dedicate a better part of a day to start writing again—brainstorming ideas and topics, future series (that could maybe turn into lessons), and finally writing an article. Then I get a message, “I need an article”. I glanced at the calendar and remembered, “Oh yeah, the monthly newsletter”.
“I’ll have it to you today” I replied. When it was time for me to work on the article I sat at my keyboard and nothing. “I got nothing” I thought. “I don’t even know where to start”. It was a serious case of writers block.
Then it hit me. How many people don’t study their bibles because they “don’t know where to start”. How many Christians pick up their Bible and just stare at it asking, “What should I read today?” and after nothing specific comes to mind just put it back on the shelf.
Let me give you some suggestions for “Where To Start Your Personal Bible Study”
1. Start At The Beginning.
When’s the last time you read the Bible all the way through? All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16). We can learn something from every part in the Bible. Start with Genesis and read through Revelation. There are even free annual Bible reading plans online and on some Bible apps that can help you stay on track. Another option you might consider is buying an annual or chronological Bible.
2. Character Studies
You may want something different from reading straight through the Bible. You may want something more topical. You might consider character studies. You could make your own list or buy books that help guide your study. There are plenty of characters to choose from in the Bible. There are a lot of benefits from doing character studies. It helps you remember that the Bible contains stories about real people. We can learn from their mistakes and achievements. As you continue to study characters you will begin to start understanding certain Bible events more clearly.
3. The Psalms
The psalms help us remember that David, a man after God’s own heart, experienced the same emotions we do today. Reading a few psalms each day can encourage us to have faith in God, just like David. David writes when he is strong. David writes when he is weak. David even writes when he is angry toward God. However, David shows us that even in our strength, even in our weakness, and even in our anger God is there and God is in control.
4. Don’t Avoid Topics You Battle
Sometimes, in our Bible Study, we read and re-read passages that make us feel good or that tell a good story; meanwhile, we ignore passages that contain topics that we battle. We’re scared of the pain or guilt that will follow. However, that is exactly why we need to read such passages. We need to grow. We need to constantly allow God to mold is into the image he wants, and sometimes that means we have things that need to be chiseled out of our lives.
If you have trouble knowing where to start reading, I hope these suggestions will help you. There is nothing we can read that is more important than the Word of God.
Don't stop growing and remember 1 Peter 2:21!
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