5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Daily Bible Reading
Tips on the Different Types of Reading You Can Do
by J.M. Troppello
I like reading the Bible.
I admit that I haven’t always read it consistently.
However, once I implemented the following action plan, my relationship with the Lord grew. If you want to get more out of your daily Bible reading, consider doing the following things daily.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
When you take a deep dive into God’s Word each day, it will change your life and enhance your spiritual growth. God’s Word is truly “living and powerful” and a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
1. Consistent Reading
Reading the Bible daily is the first step in getting more out of your daily reading time. If you don’t read it each day, you are missing out on the life force that you need for victorious living as a Christian.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, NKJV)
If you don’t read the Bible and don’t hear it out loud, that can hinder your faith from growing exponentially. You can read your Bible anytime. However, when you set a time like when you get up in the morning or go to bed at night, that increases the chances that you’ll stay consistent.
If you’ve been having trouble staying consistent in your Bible reading, get an accountability partner.
My husband and I are accountability partners for each other. We check in to see how our private devotional times are going. When you say it out loud—especially to another person—that you want to read your Bible more consistently each day, that makes it more real to you. That confession of faith that you want to do this, will help you stay more committed to the process.
2. Structured Reading
Of course, you can read a different passage of scripture from a different book of the Bible each day. I used to do that. However, I have found that when I started focusing on one book of the Bible at a time and reading one passage each day—real growth happened.
I highly recommend structured reading of the Bible.
For example, I am reading through the Book of Psalms. I’m nearing the end of the book. I read one Psalm each day, if it was a shorter one. For the longer ones, I broke them up into sections. I’ll be reading the book of Proverbs next. My husband and I are reading through the Book of Romans at night, in alignment with the sermon series that our Pastor is doing at church.
My devotional time usually takes 10-20 minutes each day. If you have more time, you can read an entire chapter or one whole Psalm, etc.
I’ve read various Psalms in the past. Yet, reading through the entire book of Psalms—and diving deeper into the study of it—has given me a new perspective on this book. So much of the Psalms is related to various instances in Israel’s history. If I hadn’t read this book altogether, I wouldn’t have absorbed as much of the deeper meaning of each Psalm.
3. Focused Reading
Don’t rush through each passage that you read daily. In the past, I would rush through a passage just to feel good about myself that I did my due diligence and read the Bible.
Yet, that was not diligent study.
I did it just to do it.
I didn’t get anything deep out of that reading.
Take the time for focused reading of the Bible.
Read each verse in the section slowly so that you can absorb the meaning of the words. Some passages in both the Old Testament and New Testament I’ve had to read several times for the meaning to sink into my brain.
That’s okay. Doing that means that God’s Word will take root in your heart. I have several Bibles. One I like to keep free of notes and highlights. However, I have a special one where I write notes in the margin and have highlighted words that have truly spoken to me.
Focused reading can make a huge difference in your spiritual walk with the Lord.
4. Enhanced Reading
This is where the deeper dive comes into play. I use the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV). It has comprehensive notes for each section of scripture. Many times, it has notes on each verse.
Yes, it takes time to read the passage of scripture and then to read the study notes. However, the reward is so worth it. I have gained such a deeper insight into God’s Word simply by reading the study notes in this Bible.
Then I choose a few of the related verses that are listed, and I read them. Yes, sometimes I can get lost for a long time reading and reading more related verses. However, it’s never a bad thing to get immersed in God’s Word. That’s always a good thing.
5. Applied Reading
Once you’ve finished that deep dive into God’s Word, ask yourself how that passage of scripture—and its deeper meaning—can apply to you. Sometimes, it’s easy to find the application for your life.
Other times it’s harder. However, to truly have God’s Word impact your life, you need to make that connection with how it applies to you in that moment.
My special Bible with all the notes was a gift from my parents when I graduated from college in 1997. Yes, that’s a long time ago. Yet, those notes are special because they pertain to how that scripture applied to me in that moment. Sometimes, when I read a passage that I’ve read many times—and see the notes I wrote in the margin—God shows me something even deeper from the verses.
You can get more out of your daily Bible reading when you implement these five steps into your daily walk with the Lord.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
Renew your mind today by taking a deeper dive into God’s Word. With diligent study, your faith and walk with the Lord will grow.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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