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How to Study a New Testament Letter – Part 3

Bible and Pencil 2 copyThank you for joining me as we learn to study the Word of God together. Today we will focus on learning how to hear the Lord speak through His Word as we read it. What I teach you today, will be more of a devotional approach to studying the Bible than we have learned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Let’s briefly review what we have learned during this series. In Part One we learned how to identify the author and the recipients of the letter. We then marked each of these characters in a distinct way in our Bibles. We also learned how to identify key words and mark them as well. We also wrote all of our key words on a notecard to keep track of our marking system. I like to mark all words the same throughout my Bible. In Part Two we learned how to study the letter to see if the author was commending the recipient, rebuking the recipient or both. We then made a list in our notebooks of the instructions given. We also learned how to ask the 5 W’s and an H (who, what, where, why, when and how). If you would like to learn more about these, then click on the appropriate lesson above.

Today we want to learn to listen to God speak as we read His Word. Open up your Bible to the book you have chosen to study this month. Before you begin pray this prayer:

Lord, please open my ears so I can hear you speak through Your Word. Help me to listen to Your still, small voice. You say in Your Word to “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” Jeremiah 33:3 (NASB). I pray that you will teach me new things as I study today. If there is any sin in my life which would hinder me from hearing You, then please show me my sin now so I can confess it to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Now as you begin to read the Word of God, stop when you feel the Lord is speaking to you. You won’t hear an audible voice, but you will have thoughts which come to your mind as you read. While you are reading, you will be reminded of a friend. When the Lord lays them on your heart, then say a prayer for them. You will also want to record this in the notebook you were instructed to keep in Part 1 of this lesson. You might also be convicted of sin as you read. If you are, then confess this sin to the Lord immediately and record it in your notebook. When you are convicted of sin, you must confess it and then make a change in your life. If no change occurred, then you did not repent of the sin. The Bible is not just a book for reading, but is a to-do book. When we observe something we are not doing, then we must decide to change our behavior and do it. Perhaps as you are reading you will see something new that you have never noticed before. Record the new discovery in your notebook.

As you do this practice, you will learn how to distinguish the voice of the Lord from your own voice. Keep in mind that Satan and his demons can speak to your mind as well. The Bible warns us to take every thought captive. Only through the study of God’s Word and prayer can we learn to distinguish between our own voice, God’s voice and Satan’s voice. Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light so don’t think he can’t fool you. If your thoughts don’t line up with scripture 100%, then Satan could be trying to deceive you. We have many false teachings and religions in America. We are warned in the Bible:

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NASB).

“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” Ephesians 4:14-16 (NASB).

I hope through this lesson, you will learn how to listen to the voice of the Lord. I pray that you will mature in your faith as you study the Word of God so you are not tossed about by every wind of doctrine.

 

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