Normally when I study the Bible I'm working on specific books in the Bible. I have accumulated over the years a stack of books that are study guides to specific books, or women of the Bible.
But I'm not doing it that way now. I figured I could share with you what I'm doing so if you want something else to try, you have another option under your belt.
As you can see from yesterdays post, I'm battling with anxiety. So I looked through my books and I have started to read Joyce Meyer's book "Be Anxious for Nothing, the Art of Casting Your Cares and Resting in God." I also am using her study guide and her teaching series to go along with this. I NEED to conquer this!
I have done this for years but I'm really on fire with it now.
When you read a Christian Living book you come across many scriptures. So what I've been doing is when I come across a verse in their book, I go to my Bible, highlight it, and then write out what they had to say about that verse.
For example, when she quoted Philippians 4: 6-7 ("Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"), I wrote near that verse what she said "Peace is to be the normal condition for us as believers in Jesus Christ."
If I have enough room I'll write a whole paragraph if it spoke to me.
I look at it like this...if it was important enough and meaningful enough for me to highlight it in the book and underline it and make every point NOT to forget it (and it would benefit my life if I would apply it), then why not write it in THE book that I read daily for my life? We write down notes our pastors say, why not books that we read to help us in that area?
I use a Life Application Study Bible and it's great. But sometimes it doesn't help me when I have problems or struggles. It's really nice when I'm reading the Bible and turn to a page where I've quoted another book. My favorites are books that talk about God's love for me (ex: Heart Hunger, Falling in Love with Jesus, etc.).
So there you have it!
Do you have a creative way of studying the Bible?