Lately, I have been reading posts of people asking how and where to start reading the Bible and have a devotion or quiet time every morning. I’ve personally received questions like this and it is true that the Bible can be overwhelming to read that one just don’t know where to start, should I start in Genesis? John? Psalms?
In this post, I will share an easy method people use to start reading and eventually get that Bible reading habit where you get something out of what you’ve read and not just let the words fly in your head as your read them.
Can you use this for kids? Definitely! I honestly made this for my 8 yr. old and he was able to consistently do it every day. For kids, you can do it with them for the first or until the second day if needed.
You can immediately download the devotional guide here, but if you want to read more on the guide on how to do it, you can continue reading below.
|Date:||February 10, 2021|
Choose a book in the Bible that you want to read. Where should I start? Many suggests that if you are new to reading the Bible, you can start at the book of JOHN, MATTHEW, MARK, or LUKE.
You can also start in Psalms if you want to develop your intimacy with God or Proverbs for words full of wisdom.
If you want to start with a short book and practical christian living, you can start with the book of James.
You can apply this method below after reading a chapter or a section in your Bible.
Scripture– After reading, write down the verse that spoke to you. This is called RHEMA or spoken word of God. A rhema is a verse or portion of the Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to current situation or need for direction.
Observation-What are your observations about how God shows himself through that word.
Application– How can you apply it in your life?
Prayer– What prayers can you think of that are related to the scripture you have just studied.
Here’s an example:
For example, after reading Joshua 1, the verse that struck me the most (also called “rhema” or the spoken word of God) was:
SCRIPTURE: “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. Joshua 1:6-7
OBSERVATION: God wants his people to be victorious. He wants them to be strong and courageous. He wants them to also be careful to keep the law and not turn away from it. God promises success if the people follow him.
APPLICATION: I should not give up knowing that God is there for me and that he wants me to be victorious. I should be strong and courageous. I should also be careful to follow his commands so that I should be successful in everything that I will do and wherever I go.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to stay strong especially during tough times. Help me to always choose to follow your ways.
(Take note that in the prayer, I did not just write all our prayers, but the prayer is related to the scripture that I just observed. Below this, you can write the other prayers that you want to add.)
That’s it. You can start that way, and later on as you get used to it, you will find yourself adding more ways on how you can learn more about God during your quiet time.
About the book of James
The book of James practically and faithfully reminds Christians how to live.
From perseverance to true faith to controlling one’s tongue, submitting to God’s will, and having patience, this book aids readers in living authentically and wisely for Christ.
Many have claimed that James and the apostle Paul differed on the question of faith versus works, but in reality the spiritual fruit that James talks about simply demonstrates the true faith of which Paul wrote. Their writings are complementary rather than contradictory.
-ESV Bible Introductions, The Book of James
Download the devotional guide for the Book of James and 1 Peter here:
|Date:||February 10, 2021|
Feel free to share this to other people who want to start their Bible reading journey. I hope this helps. Enjoy!