How to be Serious about God - Part II
I hope my last two blogs was beneficial and helped you be more serious about God. This will be the last blog on this topic for now. I have many more tips for you and we will get to those in a later time.
You have to get to know Jesus! I believe the best way to get to know Jesus is not reading this blog or other books. The best way to get to know Jesus is studying the Bible. When you study the Bible you are literally getting to know who God is. Think about that for a second.
A lot of people have a lot of opinions about who God is. There is a ton of people on Facebook, YouTube and other platforms giving their opinion about who God is. Some of these views are wonderfully correct, while others are awfully wrong. How do you know the difference?
That’s where studying the Bible kicks in. Many people isolate a few Scriptures and Come to their conclusions. I want to encourage you to tune out all of the other opinions about God and get to know Him for yourself. So, I am going to share with you a few tips on how to study God’s Word the Bible.
____ Tips on Studying the Bible
1. Pray, “God help me see You, understand You and know You.”
Prayer gives you the right lens to look through, as you study the Scriptures. If you want to be serious about God, seek Him and the truth. So, many people search the Scriptures looking to find faults in God or trying to discredit Him. We will get to this in a minute but there is no fault in God! Go to God open and ready to receive what He has for you.
2. Know God is speaking
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Every time you read or study the Bible God is trying to speak to you about who He is and who you are. God is communicating His love for you and the entire human race. God is communicating His purpose for you. God is communicating what He loves and what He hates. God is speaking to you when you open up that Bible.
3. Ask and Answer these questions
When you are studying there is many things to consider. Asking the text questions helps me dig deeper and find wonderful truths I am looking for. Consider asking the following questions:
- What are God attributes/characteristics? (Holy, good, merciful, wrathful, etc.)
- How do people respond to God? (excited, afraid, defiance, submission, etc.)
- What does God say about mankind? (Good, sinful, belongs to Him, etc.)
- What commands is God telling you?
- Why does God do anything? (His glory, His namesake, so you can approve, etc.)
4. Be consistent
Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Psalm 1. This will take time. It took time to get to know my wife and guess what? I am learning new stuff about her all the time. If this is a case how much time do you think it is going to take to completely know the eternal God of the universe? Read Isaiah 28:10-13. When you are in a love relationship with your children or spouse you don’t take days off of spending time with them. You are consistent with your communication with them because you love them. If you are going to be serious about God then you must be consistent
5. Put in the Work
My mom always told me, “Marriage is work”. It takes a lot of work to grow together as One. There will be words you don’t understand. There will be decisions that God made you may not agree with. Don’t allow that to stop you. Figure out the why behind those decisions. Figure out what those words mean by using a Bible Dictionary or Concordance.
6. Ask for help
Christianity does not happen in isolation. People who say they don’t need others have not read Ephesians 4:16 and plenty other Scriptures. This is the importance of going to a Bible preaching and teaching church. This is the importance of having a relationship with your Pastor and being connected to other believers. When I first started studying my Bible I had so many questions about God, the Bible and His commands. I was blessed to be a part of a church and have brothers around me to answer my questions in Scripture.
This is the bottom line. If you want to be serious about God you must study your Bible!
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