Personal Study Tips- How to Study the Word of God

Studying/Magnifying the Word

DeAnna Thieme 7/28/11- http://www.deannathieme.com

Magnify- (v.) increase the apparent size of with a lens. In other words, through our eyes (lens) we will endeavor to make it bigger or bring it into closer view through studying.

Christ Jesus said “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

Your inner man will perish without spiritual food the same way that your physical body can without its sustenance. If we don’t read the Word and understand it spiritually, how will we know when the Truth is being taught and when it isn’t? How will you discern out false teaching/heresy? How will you understand the truth of that passage for your life and the direct line of communication your God is presenting to you? Studying the Word of God and feeding yourself is imperative, exciting, and will reap great reward!

The Word of God: 1. Sanctifies (John 17:17), Builds faith (Romans 10:17), is our weapon against the evil one (2 cor. 10:3-7, Ephesians 6:10-17), directs us (Psalm 119:105), gives life (John 6:63), encourages, corrects, heals, restores etc. That is because:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 : “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. (NIV)

“All scriptureisgiven by inspiration of God, andisprofitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (KJV)

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

2 Timothy 4:2-4 : “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

How do I begin?

1. Pray- The Holy Ghost is the best teacher (1John 2:27, 1 Cor. 2: 6-12). Ask for understanding (Jeremiah 33:3) and pray against distractions before reading.

2. When you come to a scripture for studying:

(a). read the scripture

(b). read the paragraph before that scripture and the paragraph after it now you’ll have the context down.

3. Take your passage of scripture at this point and carefully view the word usage. Begin with a standard Webster’s Dictionary to gain understanding on some of the words. (You’ll be surprised at how many words we don’t correctly define) this will expand your understanding.

4. Double check the passage in another translation(s). The Strongs/Vines concordances references the King James Version in definitions.

a. Look up some of the words by using another resource like the Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words- this resource gives tremendous insight and will take you deeper to understand words correctly ie. justification, salvation, trial, heresy.

b. Use can also add a Bible Dictionary for reference

c. It helps to add even another version like the Amplified Bible.

5. You can study further: research the (a). Author of the book, (b). Themes or Main topics of the book, (c) the people or origin of the book - ex. who was the author writing to and why?

6. You can go back to your scripture and find corresponding scriptures through either designated side notes in your bible, or by using some of the words from that scripture that bring to your memory other passages.

7. (Additional resource) There is also the King James Rainbow Bible that defines sections of scripture in an overall function by color coding indicating if it’s a prophecy, message of judgment, etc. These are just some suggestions of different materials/resources for study.

Study Example:

Galatians 5:1- “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

Follow the aforementioned study suggestions: #1. Read paragraph before and after Galatians 5:1 #2. Use dictionary (Webster’s), #3. etc.

Free, Freedom, Freedman, Freedwoman- Greek (Eleutheria) means liberty- Vines Expository Dictionary

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

Noun Verb

This combination stresses the completeness of the act, the point indicating both its momentary and comprehensive character; it was done once and for all. “For freedom” gives perhaps the preferable meaning, “not to bring us into another form of bondage did Christ liberate us from that in which we were born, but in order to make us free from bondage.”

Now that you’ve done a deeper study, what does this passage mean to you personally? Meditate on it. Minister it to yourself and then back to the Lord. What does it mean about bondage and/or ties to sin? What does this mean to your inheritance? What does it mean about Christ Jesus in relation to your life,

your future, and your past? Keep seeking the Lord through that scripture, He’ll continue to add even more.

Exercise: Magnify/Study out Philippians 4:13- use as many of the suggested steps you can-keep a notebook of some sort and put a date with your passage leaving room for further understanding (remember, the Word is living and God consistently speaks through it to you!). Mark up your Bible too keeping those nuggets of revelation close at hand (Our family loves using crayola crayons- they are super cheaper than the “bible wax highlighters” a.k.a. crayons!). 

Remember, it's not quantity but quality when studying the Word of God.  The Lord may keep you in one scripture until you believe it for you by faith and it is written on the tablets of your heart.  Have fun studying!

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