“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth.”- 2 Timothy 2:15

We came across this very enlightening article in Faithgateway.com and feel that it will benefit
all of us.
Please enjoy and share it with others!

Jesus Himself is called the Word of God (John 1:1, John 1:14; Revelation 19:13). To know God,
you must know His Word; to honor God, you must honor His Word; to be in touch with God,
you must be in touch with His Word. Mighty promises are given to those who master the Bible
so well that the Bible masters them. We are promised spiritual stability, fruitfulness, and true
prosperity as we meditate on His Word day and night (Psalm 1:1-3).
When the words of Jesus abide in us, our desires will be given to us, according to God’s will
(John 15:7). Meditating on God’s Word leads to prosperity and success in our endeavors
(Joshua 1:8). We will have more wisdom than our enemies, more insight than our teachers, and
more understanding than the aged (Psalm 119:97-100). We will have greater power over sin
(Psalm 119:11). We will have comfort in affliction (Psalm 119:50). By drawing near to God, we
have His promise that He will draw near to us (James 4:8).
These astonishing observations, these magnificent claims, these profound promises — they
help us to realize how important the Bible is, and what remarkable potential we bring to our
lives when we become serious students of Scripture. That’s why it’s so important that we
commit ourselves to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters us.
Steps to Mastering the Bible
There are four steps to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters you:
– Read the Bible
– Study the Bible
– Memorize the Bible
– Meditate on the Bible

Seems simple. Obvious, even, for those who have been Christians for a while. Yet very few
people take all four steps. Many take one step. Some take two steps. A few take three steps.
Very few take all four steps. As a result, very few people ever experience the full life
transformation, the fellowship with God, the spiritual stability and strength, the power in

ministry, the joy in worship, and the spiritual prosperity that the Bible promises to those who
master it so well that it masters them.

To begin a mastery of the Bible, you must read the Bible. This may seem self-evident to some,
but to others who have never developed the habit, it is groundbreaking. Some Christians do not
read the Bible, or they only read snippets that are attached to daily devotionals. This will not
get you where you want to go. You must begin to read the Bible widely.
It is only by covering a lot of territory in Scripture that you gain a breadth of knowledge. If you
never read the Old Testament, you will never have a general knowledge of it. If you only read
the Gospels, or the Epistles, you will never have a basic grasp of the other sections of the Bible.
As a result, your life will be untouched by important truth, plus your ability to connect the dots
from various different Scripture passages — a critical component of a mature Christian
experience — will be limited.
The New Testament tells us that many stories in the Old Testament were “written for our
instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). If we never
read those Old Testament stories, we will never gain the insight, the power, or the freedom
that become ours when we do. The good news is that there is a simple way to read for breadth
of knowledge. If you read the Bible for five minutes a day, you will read the Bible over thirty
hours a year! (5 minutes × 365 days = 1,825 minutes divided by 60 minutes per hour = 30.4
) Think of it!! Thirty hours a year! Perhaps no other discipline will provide a breadth of
Bible knowledge more easily. If you want to master the Word so well that the Word masters
you, begin by reading it.
Very early in my Christian experience, I was challenged to read the Bible at least five minutes a
day. I took that challenge, and have not missed my daily time in God’s Word in over forty years.
As a result, I have read the Bible for a couple thousand hours! And it was all done at the
manageable pace of five minutes a day. There is no easier way I could have gained and
maintained the breadth of knowledge of Scripture than by taking this simple step. I urge you to
take this first step, too.
Mighty promises are given to those who master the Bible so well that the Bible masters them.

– Pick A Readable Translation.
To begin with, pick a translation that is easy for you to read. Many Christians have a New
International Version of the Bible, which is a fairly readable translation. I study out of the New
American Standard Bible, which is a good study Bible because the translation is very literal.
However, for those times of just reading for the story and flow, and breadth of knowledge, I
have found that more conversational translations sometimes allow the Bible to come alive in a way that the NASB does not. I experimented for years with more conversational Bibles and,
frankly, was disappointed with them for two reasons. First, they often interpret unclear
passages for you to make it more readable, and I didn’t always agree with the translators’
interpretation. Second, in their attempt to be conversational, they often dumb down the
language so that it is unsatisfying to read.
However, I have found The New Living Translation to be an effective reading Bible. This version
began as a paraphrase that author and publisher Ken Taylor wrote to help his young children
understand the Bible better. In a paraphrase, you start with an English Bible and reword it to
make it easier to understand. But in 1995, Taylor commissioned a team of translation experts to
go back to the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and change whatever needed to be
changed in order to bring the version up to the level of a translation. In my opinion, they did a
commendable job. All Bible versions have strengths and weaknesses. More literal translations
have the strength of being closer to the original languages but the weakness of sometimes
being more difficult to understand. More conversational translations are often easier to
understand, but sometimes that clarity comes at the expense of accuracy, especially when a
difficult passage may have two possible meanings in the original language.
For those reasons, I prefer having both a more literal translation for studying and a more
conversational translation for reading. This way, I can compare both translations to gain a fuller

To be continued.

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