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How to Read and Understand the Bible in 4 Simple Steps
There are four steps to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters you. Failure to take all four steps, people never experience the full life transformation and the fellowship with God that the Bible promises to those who master it so well that it masters to them.
There are four steps to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters you:
To begin a mastery of the Bible, you must read the Bible. This may seem self-evident to some, but to others who have never developed the habit, it is groundbreaking. Some Christians do not read the Bible, or they only read snippets that are attached to daily devotionals. This will not get you where you want to go. You must begin to read the Bible widely. It is only by covering a lot of territory in Scripture that you gain a breadth of knowledge.
To gain a depth of knowledge, you cannot be passive. You must become active in the process of deepening your knowledge. You must sit under effective preaching from the Bible and be involved in a Bible study taught by an effective teacher. If this is new to you, begin by attending a church that is committed to teaching the Bible, not only from the pulpit during sermons, but also in small groups.
It is much better to have fewer verses memorized very deeply—that is where the power comes from. Rather than memorize a mile wide and an inch deep, it is better to memorize an inch wide and a mile deep. That is a key difference, because until we memorize verses deeply and spend time meditating on them, the truth of the passages does not seep deeply into our subconscious to influence our thoughts, attitudes, actions, and emotions.
If we do not think about Scripture enough, the truth of Scripture may be in our heads as knowledge but not in our hearts as deep, controlling beliefs. Gary S. states that “What we think about all day long, over long periods, eventually seeps into our heart as controlling beliefs. When we learn the right thoughts and mentally chew on them over and over, day after day, they lodge in our hearts as beliefs, and these beliefs become the controlling influences of our lives”.
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