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How to do Devotionals.
How To Do devotionals
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HOW TO DO DAILY DEVOTIONS
The Bible is its own best teacher. The Bible however is not arranged like an encyclopedia. You cannot go to chapter 1 and read everything about God and go to chapter 2 to read everything about Jesus, etc. Remember when reading the Bible the verses and chapter breaks are placed in the scriptures by man. It is better to read by paragraph, these too are man-made but they do conform better to the original language than verses. Some ground rules need to be set up first:
- Pray first before opening God's word. Ask for guidance and to be able to accept what is written and to be able to apply His will to your life.
- Never read the Bible trying to proof your belief on any subject. It is only human nature to take ideas out of context.
- When you are reading and come across something that does not make sense, reread the paragraph or chapter again. If you still do not understand, write down the problem area and continue onward. You may discover the answers later in your reading.
- Do not read large amounts of the Bible in one setting. Take breaks often or stay with about 2-4 chapters a day.
- Start with the New Testament, people who start with the Old Testament almost never read the Bible all the way through. The New Testament is what is binding on us today. We need to follow God's will for us today.
- Forget everything you have ever heard about Jesus, God and the Bible before you start reading the Bible. Don't take what you want it to say with you first.
Now with those in mind, let's lay out the way to read the Bible to let it build on itself:
- First read "Gospel of John." It contains a lot of the life of Jesus not before read, especially his last two weeks before the crucifixion. (John is the 4th Book in the New Testament).
- Next read "Matthew." It goes into better detail of some events and adds more about Jesus.
- Next read "Mark." It is written in chronological order.
- Next read "Luke" Both Luke and Acts are written by Apostle Paul's traveling companion Luke.
Then read "Acts." Acts is a continuation of Luke. It describes the early church and contains the examples of New Testament conversions. Both Luke and Acts are written by Apostle Paul's traveling companion Luke.
- Next read "Galatians." It deals with the reasons why we do not follow the Old Testament Laws in a more simplified way than does Romans or Hebrews.
- Then read the rest of the New Testament starting at Romans and going to Revelation.
We recommend one of our 21 day Study Guides sent daily by email to your inbox here.
How to Do Daily Devotions Successfully
Takes a little planning to get started with daily devotions. There is no set of rules of what your devotional time will look like, but here are some step by step ways to be successful with your quiet time with God.
1. Pick A Place
Lying in bed with the lights off is not the best place as failure is inevitable. Finding the right place is very important for your success. Have a specific place you go to each day for your daily devotions. A comfortable chair in a quiet place in your home with a good reading light. Keep your Bible, a pen, your journal, devotional Book and a reading plan their. The quiet place could vary depending on your circumstances. Over the years found quiet spots in a 2nd bedroom, basement, backyard, deck, a quiet beach, bench in the park and even kayaking out in the middle of lake. Main thing make it work for you and your situation.
2. Pick A Time
There are not right or wrong time of day in doing devotions. First thing in the morning is the best time to avoid interruptions as phone calls or unexpected visitors or children awake. Always great to start your day off with time with God and it definitely makes the day go smoother. If you view your time spent with God as important it will be easier to commit to each day. Some folks enjoy evenings, please do what works for you. Whatever time you choose, let it be the best time of day for you to have quiet time with our Savior.
3. Pick A Time Frame
Pick a time that you will be successful at. Only you know how much time realistically you can commit to each day. Recommend starting with 15 minutes and as time passes you may develop into more time. Just be realistic in your goal. If you aim too high, you will quickly get discouraged.
4. Spend Time In Prayer
Prayer is simply a two way conversation with God. Just as you would talk to your best friend. Talk to God, tell Him about your concerns and cares and then listen. God talks to us through His Word the Bible, through other people, through circumstances, and a still small voice. Most of the time God uses a voice inside us to let us know when we are on or off of the right path. Sometimes that after reading the Bible or having a time of prayer you just be still and mediate on God's word by the Holy Spirit. Or could be in the middle of the night and you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit talking to about something in your life.
5. Spend Time in Worship
Be thankful. God created us to praise Him. Express your praise and thankfulness in a quiet voice or out load. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people... belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
6. Writing in a Journal or Notebook
Journal or writing in a notebook helps put your thoughts down and stay on track. Give it a try and see if it is for you. Myself personally I use a highlight pen on scriptures and leave little notes in my Bible. When I come back to that passage it is a great reminder and am encouraged to note the progress made. Try it and see if it is for you.
7. IMPORTANT: Make Your Daily Devotion Time a Priority
In life committing to something is hard in getting started. From my experience that is one of the most important commitments you can make, having a devotional time with God. IT IS LIFE CHANGING!! GUARANTEED!
8. Be Flexible With Your Plan
Determine in your heart to stick to it, even when you miss a day or so. Just pray and ask God to help you, and then be sure to start over again the next day. Sometimes it helps to reevaluate steps 1 to 5 to find the right time and place. Perhaps your plan is no longer working for you. Change it up until you find the perfect fit. Soon it will be a regular routine and I can honestly say it is the most important thing you can do each day. The rewards you will experience as you grow deeper in love with God will be worth it.
8. Pick A Agenda
You don't want to wander aimlessly without purpose in your devotion time and not accomplishing nothing. There are many types of way to have a devotion time here. Decide on how you want to structure your devotion and much time spent on each part. This is explained more in the next few steps.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to study the Bible and grow spiritually this year. Ask God to give you the desire and discipline to spend time with God each day.
Are you ready? Here goes...
Do devotions for 21 days, by then it will become a habit. Study a Book of the Bible - If you are new to the Bible or a new Christian we highly recommend starting at the Book of John in the New Testament. We have two study guides on the Gospel of John.
Plan 1 - With the 21 day Bible Reading 5 minutes a day challenge, you'll walk with Jesus through the Gospel of John and engage God's Word on a daily basis. It's as easy as reading a chapter a day here.
SEE THE PLAN DOWNLOAD PDF Print the PDF and keep a copy in your Bible.
Plan 2 - This plan is 21 day Bible Reading 15 minutes a day challenge for new Christians and for those searching and people on the go. Start your day by talking to God, reading the Bible and reflecting on your day. We have created a special series of study guides to go along with your daily reading on Gospel of John sent once a day by email for 21 days on the Gospel of John here.
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9. IMPORTANT: DO A BIBLE STUDY OR A BIBLE READING PLAN
This step is the most important step for a successful time with God. Some folks pick up their Bible and open it up and start reading any place and do the same day after day. That is absolutely the wrong way to do just randomly picking a few verses each day. You will have a difficult time in applying what you read and understanding it.
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Bible Study Guides that are relevant, engaging and life-changing — making your life better now, and giving you a real, solid hope for your future. Use these study guides to improve your understanding of the Bible and strengthen your faith. They are as varied as each individual so you have many to choose from. Consider the following options, but remember to choose one. Regular reading in God's Word is not optional. It's a necessity!
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- 1. God’s Simple Plan of Salvation – Searching for Answers – 3 week study guide here.
- 2. New Christian Study Guide – New To Christianity – 3 week study guide here.
- 3. Steps to Spiritual Maturity Guide – Nurturing Resources – 3 week study guide here.
- 4. The Gospel of John – Knowing God Better – Personal book study - 3 weeks guide here.
- 5. Inspirational Daily Devotionals – Encouraging Spiritual Reflections – daily here.
- 6. Monthly Newsletter – Christ Centered Information – once a month here.
- 7. Personal Evangelism Training – Share the Gospel – fun creative way here.
- 8. Bible Studies – Instructive Resources – connecting you nearer to God here.
- 9. Questions & Answers – Exploring Spiritual Questions – (Q & A) here.
- 10. Life’s Questions – Interconnecting with today’s Issues here.
70 Bible Reading Plans designed for children, adults, those new to the Bible, new Christians and mature Christians. Some are two weeks plans and everything between to 2 year plans.
Each Bible reading plan is clearly marked for you can pick a plan that will lead to a successful time for you to learn all about God with easier Plan 1 and harder Plan12.
Old and New Testament combined to read daily..
From the Beginning Genesis to the end of Revelation in order - Plans 18-23 here.
These Chronological Bible Reading one year plans will take you through the entire Bible in an historical linear timeline order with the first events first to the last. Read the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically.
It divides up your reading into the main types of Genres (literature) such as Gospels, Law, Narrative (History), Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Epistles! This is a unique plan that will help keep your pace up and prevent you from losing interest and giving up! Reading Plan 52 Week Challenge.
These two-week reading plans take you quickly into passages every Christian should know. New believers, as well as those who have been Christians for many years. For those with busy schedules an Introduction to the Bible..
These ten minute challenges is a simple Bible reading plan designed to help children and teens to develop a basic understanding of Scripture and a love for reading God’s Word in a 30 day reading plan.
SEE THE CHILDREN'S BIBLE READING PLANS 42-50 HERE
Here is a diverse and comprehensive collection of Bible reading plans. All of them are easy to follow and most include a printable copy you can keep in your Bible. They range from two week commitments to year-long commitments, from reading straight through cover to cover with a mixture of readings each day.
SEE ASSORTED & DIVERSE BIBLE READING PLANS 51 TO 70
Remember have a quiet place with a Pen, notebook/journal, Bible Reading Plan or a Study Guide.
Chose a Bible translation that helps you understand the Word of God. Recommend Bible translations to buy for a reasonable price online here.
To be Successful in Your Bible Reading!
We would encourage you to find a good local Church to attend and fellowship with and grow spiritually. Below is a link to find Churches close to your location. Please check them out on Sunday's and see which one you feel a connection to.
1. Suggested Churches to attend here.
2. http://www.churchfinder.com/ then type your address in the box Find Churches near You
3. Or go to Google Search engine and type in Churches in with your street address, city, and state.
If you need help finding a good vibrant Church contact us here and I will gladly help you and will send 3 to 5 Church contact information to you.
Books and Resources
These analyze passages of the bible in-depth. The Tyndale commentary series is good enough for most people while pastors and bible students might want to use the Word commentaries or the New International commentaries on the OT and NT. Some good one volume commentaries that treat the whole Bible in one volume are available - just ask your Christian bookstore.
An excellent Commentary is Matthew Henry's Commentary. Read online here.
- Or download or read online PDF here.
- Knowing a bit about the life and times, history and culture of people in Bible lands can be fascinating and very helpful. You can also see our maps and archaeology and Bible Lands at Bible Maps here.
- Is a way to find all you need to know about the life and culture.
Easton's Bible Dictionary, Smith Bible Dictionary, Brideway Bible Dictionary, Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary - read online or Download here.
Is excellent for looking up topics of the Bible.
Torrey's New Topical Textbook here.
Titus, Ephesians, Zephaniah, Colossians, Gospel of John 1-11, Gospel of John 12-21, The Greek New Testament, The Bible Book by Book, Barnes New Testament here.
Read the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia for online Bible study. Free online Bible encyclopedia - Scripture facts, verse and character study here.
- A concordance is like an extensive index to the Bible that lists the words in the Bible and where they can be found. They are very helpful in bible study so that you can easily find all the verses on "money" or some other topic and find out all the Bible has to say about it. Good concordances include Strong's, Young's and Crudens.
- Bible programs also allow you to do this very quickly on a computer and have many other helps as well. Good Bible search programs include Quick verse, and Logos.
You can also search the Bible and use commentaries and other resources online at our sister website here at Bible Study Tools section or you can Download Resources here.
Highly recommend these Sites
- a. For Smart Phones https://www.youversion.com/ read your Bible on any phone.
b. Bible Software http://www.e-sword.net/ read Bible and Study Tools on your computer.
c. Bibles Online https://www.biblegateway.com/ read the Bible and Study Tools online.
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