I was reading older entries from my sis Tiffany’s blog, and came across something that I believe will be extremely helpful to me, and since I feel that way about its value for myself, I am sure that it will prove valuable for others.
1. Acknowledge any hard-hearted attitudes toward the Word of God. Confess them as sin before a holy God. Ask Godâ€™s forgiveness for not holding His Word in the high regard that He does. Ask Him to give you a clean heart and a willing spirit. Psalm 51 can serve as your guide.
2. Commit to spiritual growth as a way of life (1 Peter 2:1-3). Make a decision of your will to be different this time next year, asking the Lord to help you each step of the way. Record your decision in your journal. Share your decision with a peer whoâ€™s also committed to spiritual growth, and tell a mature sister (or brother) who can support you.
3. Expect opposition from your own flesh, from the devil, from friends and family members who arenâ€™t growing. Ask the Lord to empower you by His Holy Spirit to overcome the opposition (Zechariah 4:6).
4. Be patient. Nothing of lasting value accrues overnight.
5. Slow down your life. Meditation and understanding take time.
6. Remove distractions. Turn off the radio and TV to help you concentrate on what youâ€™re reading in the Bible. Silence, solitude, serenity, and simplicity create an environment where we can hear clearly from God through His Word and by His Spirit. If your heart motivation is right, God can also use a period of fasting to start you on the right track. Ask a spiritually mature sister (or brother) to help you with this.
7. Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your heart (Ephesians 1:18) each time you read Godâ€™s Word. Ask your Father to give you a heart to obey what His Spirit illumines.
8. Invest in a good study Bible and concordance. Search the Internet for free stuff: reading plans, a biblical encyclopedia, commentaries, other translations, etc. The library will have some resources you can useâ€“and best of all, theyâ€™re free!
9. Build transparent, grace-filled friendships with other women (or men) who also want to study and obey Godâ€™s Word. Ask them to keep you accountable, and give them a helping hand, too.
10. Godâ€™s Word empowered by His Spirit will cultivate a heart that responds to the Fatherâ€™s discipline in the right way, even though it hurts (Hebrews 12:1-13; Proverbs 10:17). Ask the Lord to give you that kind of heart.