“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Before learning to study God’s Word for myself, my knowledge and understanding of the Bible relied solely on sermons, devotions, and the beliefs and explanations of friends and family. At times, these sources weren’t completely dependable, and occasionally they caused me to misunderstand and even misapply God’s Word to my life.

God’s gave us His written Word so we might know Him personally and experience an intimate relationship with Him. He supplied the Holy Spirit to help guide us into all truth (John 16:13) and generously gives us the wisdom to understand the Scriptures if we simply ask (James 1:5).

The Bible is our ultimate source of instruction, correction, and training. It essentially prepares us for the choices and challenges of everyday life.

The key to allowing God’s Word to propel our Spiritual growth hinges on how we approach it. By striving to properly understand the Bible, we embrace the opportunity to apply its timeless life lessons to our lives.

Below are 4 Basic Bible Study Steps that will help you understand and apply God’s timeless lessons to your life. Remember, the goal is to discover God’s intended meaning of the Scriptures, not to manipulate the text to support what we want it to mean. We must approach our study of God’s Word with a humble attitude and a willingness to transform our beliefs to God’s Truth, and not the other way around.

1. Pray as we approach God’s Word: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.

2. Observe God’s Word: Ask the questions of the text; “What does the text say,” “Who is speaking or being spoken to,” “What is happening,” and “When, Where, Why and How is the event or conversation taking place?”

3. Interpret God’s Word: Ask the question, “What does the text mean,” and “what timeless life lesson is God trying to teach me in this text?”

4. Apply God’s Word: Ask the question, “What do I need to do,” “How will I specifically apply this timeless lesson to my life?”

How often do you study the Bible? Will you consider making it a priority in your life?