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Staying Connected with God through Bible Studies The Bible tells us who we are and what we should do, but it does so through the lens of who God is. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. So let us connect with God through His Word.
Why Is It Important? When we make a decision to do anything in life, we really commit when we know our why. So prayerfully consider, “Why do I want to study Scripture?” Do I want to study God’s Word… So that I can check it off my spiritual “to do” list? Because I believe that it is what “good” Christians do? In order to be seen a certain way by others? So that I will have the answers and people will be impressed with my biblical knowledge? Because I believe that if I do, life will turn out the way I want it to? Or God will give me a formula and guarantee that my children will follow Him? So I won’t feel guilty? Or do I want to study the Bible… To know God and His character? To glorify Him? To understand how He wants me to live? To be equipped to walk in a manner worthy of Christ? To reveal sin in my life so I can confess and repent of it? To teach me so I mature and reflect His character to others?
Let’s be honest with both God and ourselves. If you find your motives are from the first list, then confess it to God. Repentance means to change one’s mind. Come humbly to His Word and let it transform your thoughts and motives. Ask Him to help youfall in love with Him and His Word. We are all susceptible to this! Pray during each encounter with His Word. Then study it. Even when our motives may be selfish, guess what? The answer is the same: study His Word. The Holy Spirit works through the Word to guide, teach, and convict us of sin. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-13).
As God transforms us and the thoughts and motives of our hearts, we will fall more in love with Him—our gracious and good and loving God.