An integral part of a disciple’s life is spending time with God reading His Word - prioritizing regular habits of time with him, creating space to be changed by him, and knowing his presence like never before. So, it’s important to be equipped with some basic tools for reading, understanding, and applying what we read. The aim is not simply to acquire greater knowledge, but rather transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible reveals God, but does not contain Him! For this reason, we need the Holy Spirit to help us gain insight and understanding as we study.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Cor 3:16
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Col 3:2
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Ps 119:11
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15