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As believers, most of us have probably heard over and over how important it is for us to study the Word of God. But all too often we don't really understand why and consequently have a difficult time really getting started. So before we get into the how-tos of Bible study, let's look at why studying the Word is vital to our Christian growth and maturity.

What a majority of Christians don't realize is that the Word of God is alive! The Word can really affect and have a life-changing impact on your day-to-day living. God reveals Himself through His Word.

As He reveals Himself to you, you can expect your life to change because you are getting to know God, Himself, not just about Him. The reason we study the Bible is that we may know God, know His ways and walk in them. Then we can truly live a successful Christian life.

The Bible is a personal message from Almighty God Himself—straight from heaven—to you. The main theme of this message is Jesus—even in the Old Testament. Jesus is the living Word, the message of God to all mankind.

Ever since the Fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God was unwilling to leave us in our sin and live without us. So He had a plan—the plan of redemption—when He gave His Son to pay the price for our sin on the cross and thereby bring us back into fellowship with Him. Glory to God! So look for Jesus in every book of the Bible. All scriptures either point forward to the Cross or look back on it.

Settle in your mind that, while the Bible is God's inspired Word, it was also meant to be down-to-earth. Don't just reverently give it a place of honor on a bookshelf, but treat the Word as your personal hands-on reference book on life—a how-to book for everyday living. Get rid of the negative idea that it is just a set of rules.

God's Word is our very source of liberty. God sent His Word to set us free, not bind us up and load us down. So read the Word with a positive attitude, approaching it as an open door to freedom, not as a list of dos and don'ts.

Knowing why studying the Bible is important will hopefully make it easier for you to make that quality decision to get started. For some, getting started is the most difficult part. But all it takes is a decision followed by pure and simple grit-your-teeth determination.

We suggest treating this period of study as an appointment that you're required to attend. Then, every day, follow through by building your schedule around this appointment—and not the other way around. Soon, you'll develop a determination to keep your appointment and it will become easier and easier. And if you miss an appointment once in a while, don't worry; just get back in the flow.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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