The top five tips for enjoying the Bible

I don’t know about you, but sometimes working my way through the Scriptures can be kind of tough! I’ve found a few things that help me as I journey through God’s Word…

  • Read a different version. There are so many different versions… try a new one! It is refreshing and often enlightening to read a familiar verse written with some fresh words. Check out this comparison of versions…

King James Version

New International Version

New American Standard

New Living Translation

The Message

Galatians 6:7-8

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature {8 Or his flesh, from the flesh} will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-8

Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Galatians 6:7-8

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

  • Use a reading schedule. I have been using a reading schedule that guides you to read through the Bible in one year. It is set up in such a way that you can start at any point in the year! A few cool things about this schedule:
    • It schedules a day “off” every seven days and a couple of days off at the end of every month. You can catch up or reflect on what you’ve read during these “off” days.
    • It keeps the reading fresh by moving back and forth from Old Testament to New Testament.
    • It is free and you can have it by clicking here! (Thanks to Tony Morgan for the heads up on this resource)
  • Read according to need. I want to know how to be a better parent… so I look for what God has to say about parenting. I want to know more about the church… so I look for what God has to say about the church. I don’t want to be impatient and angry… so I look at what God has to say about those things! How do you find verses that apply to your need?
    • Mark them with a pen when you are reading through the Bible and put them on a 3×5 notecard to carry with you; Put them in a journal; put a bookmark in your bible that will help you to easily identify your “need” verses. Come up with some other creative way to find those verses when you need them.
    • Ask someone who knows the Bible better than you where to find verses that apply to your need.
    • Do a Google search – “Verses on…” and type in your need/issue.
  • Do what you’ve read. The best part of learning is application! David, the author of many of the Psalms, said to God, “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for your commands are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your decrees. I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments” (Psalm 119:98-100). When we do what God says… the results are incredible! (BONUS: check this out)
  • Share what you’ve discovered. Whether you’re teaching your children, your spouse, a friend at work, a neighbor, or someone else… it’s critical that you share what you’ve learned! When you share what you’ve learned with others it could make an eternal difference in their lives, but it certainly will make one in yours, for as we know, “Those who teach, learn the most.”

These are a few things that I’ve found helpful. How about you? What have you found helpful as you’ve journeyed through the Bible?

3 thoughts on “The top five tips for enjoying the Bible

  1. Wow is God wonderful or what…I do NOT get into the Bible like I should and I REALLY have a hard time understanding it, so last night I was searching for somethings to read …I did not know where or how to begin…and so last night before I fell asleep..I just ask…God please help me with this….and look …B I N G O…look what Pastor Paul has to say…yey yey thank you ….debbie

  2. Something we’ve just recently started to do is to print out verses we would like to meditate on (especially at specific points of temptation) and post them around the house. There’s a list on the kitchen cabinet over the coffee maker. There’s a major project waiting to be addressed in our dining room… there we have the verses in Philippians 4 about contentment in every circumstance. On the mirror are the verses in James 1 about being a doer of the word and the man who looks at himself in the mirror, walks away and forgets what he looks like. In the garage I’d like to post the verses about not storing up treasures on earth. The verses about loving your neighbor…I need to post those on the inside of the back door. So when the little person who has ticked me off comes knocking on my door and wants to play and my sinful nature wants to tell him to go fly a kite….:) I will remember what the word says. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ends with “Write them on your the doorframes of your house and on your gates.” This isn’t exactly an interior decoraters dream. It’s just a piece of paper posted with scotch tape. I don’t mind…what’s more important anyway?…and if anybody else minds…well they can go fly a kite:)

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