I read a lot! I love reading. I love to research things and learn new things. I especially love to teach what I learn. I am a traditional reader. I prefer to read books in paper form. When I read, I jot down my thoughts, underline, highlight and stick post-it notes on the pages of the book.
In addition to Christian and Inspirational books, I read a lot of Management books as well. A couple years ago, I started reading biographies. If I had $1000 (one thousand dollars), I could spend it all on books and feel completely satisfied.
I love to read the bible. I have quite a number of bibles in different translations and I will be acquiring more. There’s still a lot out there I don’t yet have. When I study the bible, I use “study bibles” but you know, the most interesting part for me is checking out verses in the different bible translations I have. I find that I get great understanding by doing so. In all your getting, get understanding, right? This helps!
Of course, the Holy Spirit is there to guide me, because sometimes, a bible verse may not be accurately translated by even the most popular translations. I always encourage people to buy bibles in different translations, as led by the Holy Spirit. And now, I am advising you to do the same! And use them! They are not to be displayed as home library decoration.
I read in the biography of E.W. Kenyon by Joe McIntyre, that his brother at some point during the start of his ministry said to him, “the one who helps the people is the one who knows and preaches the Word of God.” That inspired me to delve deeper in my study of the bible. I believe that as the catalyst for growth and development, we women need to know the Word of God. We are here to help! Everyone of us have a people we have been sent to – no matter how small, how large, even if it is just one person – the knowledge of the Word of God will help us help them.
Have I read the bible from cover to cover? No, I haven’t! Have I tried to do so? Yes, I have? So, what happened? Why haven’t I still read the bible from cover to cover? I believe that the Lord works with each of us in very specific ways, depending on the purpose we are here in this life to fulfill. I believe that at very specific times in our lives, if we allow Him guide us, rather than be guided by principles, not only will we achieve more in our lives but we will focus on the relevant things. Please don’t misunderstand me, principles are great and important, but without the guidance of the Holy Spirit… (With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Proverbs 3:6. ERV)
Not every word or story in the bible is relevant to me fulfilling my purpose, and so, the Holy Spirit is not going to be focusing my attention on them. Hun! Well, it is what I have discovered. There are a lot of passages I come across as I study but don’t quite have a full understanding of. Initially, I would try and try to understand those areas. I have even gone out to buy a new bible I thought would help me understand the passage, but still my understanding wouldn’t go deeper than I already had.
One day, I heard the voice of the Spirit of God within me say “Stop trying. Focus on where I open your understanding in.” You know, when you initially here such words, it’s hard to believe because God must most definitely want us to know everything in the bible, so, get thee behind me Satan. Anyway, I knew it was His voice and so I believed and left those areas alone. I learnt from E.W. Kenyon that when I study, I should ask the Holy Spirit to open the bible up to me and make it a living thing in my spirit. I have found that it helps my focus as to areas to study in the bible.
It is most important for me to state here that I discovered my purpose from studying the bible. I had tried in the past to follow the steps written in books on how to discover one’s purpose, but I would get really confused with some of them because I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I was called to do, out of the number of things I wanted to do. One day, in my cry to God to make me what He wants me to be, He opened some scriptures up to me in the bible that led me to my purpose.
More of how I discovered my purpose in my next post.
Did you find this read inspiring? Have you discovered your purpose? How do you study the bible? Let me know! Leave a comment.
Reference: E.W. KENYON and His Message of Faith – The True Story by Joe McIntyre