If the Bible is living and active, how come I have a hard time reading it?
How can I study it and get the most from it?

Peter declares in 2 Peter 1:3-4:

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

God gave us precious and very great promises so that we can live a life that honors God and grow in sanctification to become more like Christ.

Here’s an acrostic that may help as you P.O.N.D.E.R. on a passage of Scripture each day.

Is there a …

P – PROMISE TO CLAIM

Bible Gateway tells us that there are about 5467 promises from God for His people. Herbert Lockyer wrote a book called All The Promises of the Bible and claims that there are about 8,000 promises. But whether 5,000 or 8,000 or 3,000 as some would say, that is definitely at least more than 8 promises per day in a year that we can claim.

O – OFFENSE TO REPENT OF

Whether an offense towards God or other people, the Bible, through the Holy Spirit has the ability to bring conviction when we are in sin.

N – NEW INSIGHT TO EMBRACE

The Bible is full of truths and insight that will revolutionize the way we live. Romans 12:2 says that we are to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. God’s Word transforms our lives by the new insights we can gain.

D – DIRECTIVE TO OBEY

From the Old Testament to the New Testament, there are instructions that God gives so that we can live a life that honors Him. In addition, since He is our Creator, He has a specific design and intent for each of us. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105)

E – EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW

The Scriptures are filled with narratives of men and women who were called by God, lived for God and even failed before God. From these lives, we can learn lessons to avoid and error to avoid.

R – REASON TO PRAISE GOD FOR

There is always something in Scripture to be grateful for. There are many things in the Bible we can appreciate – from our salvation to what He does for us each and every day.

I pray that this will help you ponder on the Scriptures and give you a way to study His Word.

Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, King James 2000 Bible)

 

I am currently on a short study leave for a couple of weeks with 20 plus pastors, campus missionaries, and leaders from our Every Nation global family. While it is a lot of hard work because of the course requirements, it is indeed an honor and a privilege to get further equipping.

We are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

Do your best to present yourself as one approved.

We are saved by grace, but the outworking of that grace is expressed in our day to day life. Paul said that “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

God’s grace was evident as he worked harder.

A worker who has no need to be ashamed.

The gospel is God’s power unto salvation. And because of that, we are not to be ashamed. (Romans 1:16). We have been given the privilege of sharing the greatest message of all time – the gospel of Jesus Christ. By it, we are reconciled back to our relationship with the Father.

Rightly handling the word of truth.

When we share God’s Word, it is a privilege. But with every privilege comes responsibility. We are to rightly handle God’s Word. We don’t have the luxury of sharing personal opinions for it is not what we think that’s important; it’s what God says that is.

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for Your Word. It is living and active. It is like a double edged sword that pierces the heart. Help us to rightly handle the Word with clarity, accuracy, and conviction from the Holy Spirit. May we share it with as many as we can for we know that it brings life to the soul that is dry, weary and in need of Your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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