I lived for 37 years before I ever picked up my Bible to study it. In a single decision, I went from zero Bible study to daily Bible study because I needed a heart reset and I wanted it to come direct from the source, not a stranger on Instagram. So I put down my phone and picked up my Bible. What I've gained in my faith, marriage, motherhood and role as a leader in my company has been just the shake up my heart needed.
And I think you might benefit from it too. I'm not quite experienced to be a Bible teacher (yet), but as an encourager to lean into your faith – I've got you covered. So, let's start with the question "What will I gain by reading the Bible everyday?"
Here's what happens when you study the Bible everyday:
1 - When you make time for God, you are actually making time for you too.
Because God created you in his likeness, he lives within you. When you set aside quiet time to read the Bible and pray, you are giving that time to God and to yourself by saying "my relationship with God is important to me." In doing this, you're actually taking the first step in selflessness because you are taking your coveted time and giving it to God. When you give your time to God, you glorify him by centering yourself in his will. What he gives back in clarity, peace-of-mind, patience and hope is immeasurable compared to every other #selfcare practice out there.
You gain a closer connection with Christ.
2 - Studying his word, helps you get to know him.
Getting back to grade school basics here – the more you study something, the better you know it. This counts especially for your faith too. Earl Nightingale said "Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality." God is a reality, but you will only ever live like you know this, if you truly do know this. The practice of everyday Bible study allows the roots of your faith to grow deeper and spread wider across every aspect of your life. It's the repetition of doing it daily and letting each day be a study of something new, that gives God the ability to fuel you.
You gain a partner.
3 - The more you know HIM, the more you are able to let go of stress and let him work in your life.
If you truly do believe that God created you in his likeness, for a purpose and that he is walking beside you every day in every moment... you won't need to have so much control of every little detail in life. This is coming from a reformed control freak – me. 🙋 Control is the thing that limits us to living freely as God intended. It restrains us from letting go and letting God and that restraint puts stresses on our lives. But if the spirit of God lives within you, and you are keenly in touch with him each day....you can surrender those stresses to his promised faithfulness. Plain and simple, adding Bible study to your daily routine might be the only thing you can add to your schedule that will actually reduce the overwhelm we experience every day. Psalm 118:5 – In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
You gain freedom.
4 - When you know him and trust him, you can share him.
In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." This is a command from the man himself – go and tell. The very essence of being a Christian is taking what we know to be truth and sharing it with other people. It's much easier and natural to do that when we know the ins and outs of God's story because we've studied the Bible regularly.
You gain confidence.
5 - When you do steps 1-4, you become a living, breathing example of God's hope for his church.
Ultimately, it is God's will for his church to live in harmony with one another, spreading the Good News. So, when you center your life in God's word, you become more like an overflowing pitcher of love, than a leaky vessel because he holds together in us what the world wants to crack. He shows up as little rays of sunshine in your life – in your reactions, your outreach to others, your outlook on life, your giving, even the expression on your face – you become the hands and feet of Jesus and people take notice. And that notice plants little seeds of curiosity in the people around you.... and God can make that grow.
You gain the wisdom that it's less about what you will gain and more about what God's kingdom will gain when you put God first.
And that is all that matters. 🙌
If you're ready to get started, of course I suggest using a Christian planner like the Hope Planner to help you create habit little by little. One of the things I love most about the Hope Planner is that it's not designed for long form journaling. Rather, you can tackle scripture study and prayer journaling little by little so you have time to do it every single day.