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Thy word is thy lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

So, how often do you read and study Godís Word? Do you just read your favorite verse, pray, then move on with your day? In order to be engaged in Godís Word throughout our lives, we must schedule quality time to not only read Godís Word, but also to write down our personal thoughts about the verses read, determine how we can apply the verses to our own lives and cross reference the information in the Bible Concordance.

Making time to read and study Godís Word is so important. Godís Word can help guide us in the right direction or make us rethink a situation before we pursue it further. In addition, our time spent in Scripture must alter us if it has truly been an encounter with God. God has created us to interact and respond to His Word in multiple ways. We should all endeavor to engage in Godís Word throughout our lives and hold ourselves accountable throughout our journey.

Hereís some ways to better engage in Godís Word:

ē Study Ė When we study Godís Word we are investing focused time in a passage word, character or theme. Study requires you to analyze the Scripture which takes concentration and focus. The primary goal of study is understanding.

ē Devotional Ė The goal for devotional reading is application. Simply put, what the Scripture means to me. However, we must make sure this is not the only way we interact with Scripture or we risk losing the truth.

ē Meditation Ė Meditation is the ability to hear Godís voice and obey His Word. During meditation it is important to fill your mind with Christ. The goal of meditation is reflection.

ē Memorization Ė It is important to understand what Scripture teaches us so have Godís Word hidden in your heart and mind. Memorizing Godís Word helps us achieve the goal of discipline.

ē Action Ė Clearly, we must be focused on doing what Scripture teaches. We must be changed and compelled into action, whether in our thoughts or our actions. Spending time in Godís Word must lead us to obedience.

So, as you can see, there are various ways to better engage in Godís Word. Keep in mind, you may not be able to engage in all of these ways each day but schedule your time to include all the areas of study, so you can have a better understanding of Godís Word. Remember, spending time studying Godís Word is our intentional determination to grow in our understanding and to strengthen our bond with Him. Even if you have not engaged in Godís Word in the past, take a leap of faith and start today.

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