Before You Study Your Bible
Approach God's Word with an Attitude of Seeking
Read Proverbs 2:3-6. The word "discernment" means the ability to know right from wrong. The word "understanding" refers to the sensitivity to see life as God see it.
Read Proverbs 2:4. What are some of the attitudes of a person searching for hidden treasures?
Read Psalm 119:162. Remember: God's wisdom comes from intense and sincere study of His Word.
Confess Your Sins & Have an Attitude of Humility
"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you" (James 1:21). The words "get rid of" convey the idea of stripping off filthy clothes or removing dirt from our bodies. The word "filth" refers to any thought or conduct that is displeasing to God. When you are going to see someone who is special to you, do you put on your dirtiest clothes? The word "humbly" reminds us to come before God with the attitude of a child who wants to learn from Him (the author of the Bible). A teachable spirit shows God our willingness to allow Him to mold us.
Have an Attitude That is Ready to Obey
Read James 1:22 and Luke 11:28.
Pray Before You Begin
Always pray before you study the Bible. Confess your sins (1 John 1:9). Ask God to empower your life (Ephesians 5:18), open your eyes (Psalm 119:18), and guide your study (John 14:26).
Study With an Attitude of Expectancy
"For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel." Ezra 7:10 (NAS). Notice that Ezra's desire was to "study ... practice ... and teach." That is the proper order of things. When it comes to the Bible, you cannot just study and teach. We must remember that "practice" always comes between "study" and "teach."
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|Source:||Omar C. Garcia|