“I believe God’s word is true, but now what? How do I take it from just being a book of words to truly changing my life?”
If you’re in a season where the Bible seems dry to you, or are a new Christian trying to figure out how to really live out the words you’re reading there, maybe these five steps will help?
Five Ways to Make the Bible Come Alive
1. Open it
When my oldest son first started playing the fiddle, he wasn’t very good. He was pretty terrible the next day, too, and even a few weeks after his first lesson. He learned to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star pretty quickly, but little violins have terrible sound quality, so he still sounded pretty bad.
Now, almost five years later, he’s performed Ode to Joy in front of 500 people with his little brother and is gearing up to compete in a local fiddler’s convention this summer.
Get in the habit of spending daily time in your Bible, even if it’s just to read a Psalm and a Proverb. It may not come easily, but just as my son needed time spent practicing his instrument to improve, we need time in the word of God to begin trusting that it’s true.
2. Know it
As you spend more and more time reading your Bible you’ll see something amazing start to happen! You’ll find yourself thinking about or living in a certain situation when a verse you just read (that applies to what you’re going through) will pop in your head! That’s God! That’s the word being alive and active in you! And it’s amazing.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been comforted by a verse at just the right time. Whether God drops it in my heart, or the heart of a friend, He chooses to use His word to comfort, correct, sustain, and build us right when we need it most.
But if we don’t open it, and don’t know it, that won’t happen.
3. Speak it
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