Everyone knows about God – but many do not personally know Him. The Bible is essential for knowing God and His will for our lives. We can never truly educate ourselves on the message of salvation apart from God’s Word.

When I gave my life to Him, I vowed to dive into the Word reguurlay. But  I ran into an immediate hurdle – where do I begin?

The Bible contains 66 separate books compiled into one book, with numerous translations and versions. The Bible can seem  overwhelming. If you find yourself struggling on where to begin, it’s ok. This is not uncommon.

In this week’s blog, I’m going to share a few tips that helped me to grow in the Word. I pray that this encourages you, and ultimately, brings you closer to God.

One of the most common questions I hear – and even asked myself, is do I need to start at the beginning?  The answer is no.

Many  people, myself now included, feel John is a good place to start. The fourth book in the New Testament, John gives an account of Jesus’ life – the greatest life ever lived!  Faith is rooted in the life of Jesus and the ultimate sacrifice He made for all of us on the cross. This is a great place to learn about the awesomeness of Jesus and just how much He loves you.

Whether you start in John or in another gospel, it’s imperative to be in the Word daily. This doesn’t mean you need to read an entire book at once – even 5 to 10 minutes a day is good. The important thing is to get the Word in your life and in your heart. I started this way, very small. Soon enough, 10 minutes turned into 20, and so on. Simple to start worked for me.

Another key element that helped me when I first started (and still does) is location. I know this is easier said than done, but don’t let distractions deter you from spending time with Him. Find a place that you can completely focus on growing your relationship with God.

Praying has also played an instrumental role in my Bible growth.  I like to pray before and after I dive into the Word. God loves to reveal Himself. It’s an incredible feeling to know His presence is with you. By praying, you align yourself with the Almighty.

Finally, I would recommend to take notes. I know, this sounds like “work.” I myself was never a big note taker, just ask my former teachers. But I learned through Bible  studies at GLC that when something resonates,  it’s important to capture it and study it out. Remember, these are God’s words to you. And while you may not understand everything you read, do not let this discourage you! The more you read it, the more you will understand it, and the closer your fellowship with the Lord will become.

God has – and wants to share important things with you. All you need to do is open your Bible and allow Him in your life. Do you trust Him enough to do so?