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Do you struggle to be consistent in Bible Study? Believe me, you are not alone! I know the struggle and I’m here to help you look for ways to make time in the Word of God a discipline in your life. Let’s not be legalistic about our Bible Study time, however; we do want to establish a time in the word. Why?
1. Time spent in the Word of God teaches you and me who our heavenly Father is.
2. It is a discipline that God requires of His children. 3. Without it, we will starve to death, spiritually.
3. Without it, we will starve to death, spiritually.
What Does it Mean to be Consistent?
Before we get started on the how to’s of making time in the word a discipline, let’s talk about what it means and does not mean to be consistent. Then we will talk a bit about why we study the Word of God. These two truths will help you understand why it is important to study and get you motivated to do so.
I said earlier we do not want to be legalistic about our Bible Study time. What do I mean by that?
If we are not careful, we can make time in God’s Word a task or a formula. Example; we sit down and spend 30 minutes every day, reading only 20 verses every day. Then we cross it off our do to list with the idea I have done my part in studying God’s Word today. But, if we do not come away with a growing knowledge, understanding, and love for our Heavenly Father and Christ, we’ve been legalistic in our study.
Bible Study is a time we set aside to learn and grow in our personal relationship with Christ! I do not want to be legalistic with my study time and I know you do not either.
Bible Study is much more important than most anything we do.
Being consistent means, in this case, studying the Word of God regularly. It does not mean you and I need to be in the word three to five hours a day 7 days a week. Although that would be wonderful! It means to be in it enough we’re nourished and growing in the faith.
How Many Days and How Much Time?
By this point, I know you may ask, how much time, how many days? My suggestion, 5-6 days a week. That is how many days I spend studying the Bible. I asked the women in a Facebook group I’m in, how many days a week and how much time each day they spend in study, 5-6 days was consistent with each one.
The time each lady studied varied. However, 30 minutes to 1 hour was the average.
I know you may think 30 minutes to an hour, with little ones running around, dishes to wash, laundry to do and I work out of the home… this amount of time can sound overwhelming when you and I have so much to do! I understand the thought process of thinking there is not enough time left in my day for Bible Study.
This kind of thinking is very dangerous. Think about what your heart is saying. It is saying I do not have time for God and His word! Here, our priorities are not in the right order. Knowing God through His word should be our number one priority.
Why is Bible Study Important?
The number one reason you and I need to study the word of God is out of Obedience to the Lord.
Psalm 119 teaches, “These words which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
God has ordained His precepts and that we are to keep them diligently. So our first reason to study is out of obedience to God. He commanded it, we obey Him. How do I know what His precepts are that I may keep them? He has written and preserved them for our instruction in His word.
You can find nine more reasons every believer should study the word of God in a previous post I wrote on this subject.
How to Stay Consistent In Bible Study
We have talked about why we need to study the Bible now let’s talk about how to be consistent in Bible Study. I have come up with 5 ways to help you. I use these ideas myself. Believe me when I say I have to revisit these often. Some days and weeks are easier than others. Here we go!
Pray for a desire to study God’s Word.
First things first, ask the Holy Spirit to grow your love of God more and more each day. He first implanted the love of God in your heart and He is the one who will continue to grow it. Do not be afraid to ask!The love we have for God should help grow our love to be in His word consistently. Click To Tweet
Pray for the desire to study the word of God. Some days are hard and our desires can wane. That is why it is so important to continually pray for the desire to study God’s word.
Set a Time: Pick a Place: Organize Your Material
Plan for your time in the word of God. You know your schedule better than anyone. What time of the day will consistently work for you? Is it morning or is it in the evening when everyone else is sleeping? Write it on a calendar or put a reminder in your phone.
Yay! You’ve looked at your weekly schedule and set a time to study, now pick a place. Pick a place where you can keep your study materials on hand at all times. If you must gather materials from several places daily, it will soon become a hassle. If you are one who likes to change the place you study, put your materials in a basket or bag to carry with you! Are you seeing a pattern here? This is your time, make it work for you!
Get an Accountability Partner
If you do not already have someone to hold you accountable to study the word, find someone! This can be awkward and intimidating but do it anyway!
Our flesh does not want to be held accountable, for anything. But as a believer, it is a must and a great blessing to have someone who cares enough about your spiritual walk, to come beside you in love and encourage you!
I have a sweet sister in the Lord who will ask me how my study is going and what is the Lord teaching me. She does not do this every day or every week but she does it often. If you need it every day let her know you need her to remind you every day. Remember when she does, she is doing it because you asked, and she loves you!
Cut out TV and Social Media if You are Struggling
When I looked at how much time I spent watching a TV series or how much time I spend on Social Media, I was shocked and sickened! Let’s just say, it was too much. If you struggle to stay consistent in Bible study look at the amount of time you spend watching TV and scrolling through Facebook. You will be surprised how much time it uses.
You may not watch TV or scroll through Social Media but I bet there is something that occupies your time! There are 30 minutes to an hour that we can find in our day! It just takes looking hard and prioritizing our desires.
Give Yourself Some Grace
The last thing I will recommend, give yourself some grace! But do not give up! Life happens and our best attempt at planning does not always work out! Guess what? It is ok! God knows the plans He has for you! Interruptions happen! I have found if my scheduled time is interrupted there is sometimes, a different time that day that will work. Not always but many times! If a time does not show itself just pick up the next day where you left off!
Getting you in the Word is my desire!
I know first hand how God works through prayer and His word to encourage and teach us! My desire for you is to know God and grow in your walk with the Lord. I have several Bible Studies available for you and some articles that will encourage and equip you in your walk. I hope they are a help and an encouragement to you.
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