“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

In our previous discussion, we embarked on a journey to understand “How to Master the Bible
So Well That the Bible Masters You.” Today, we will continue this exploration and delve into
the remaining steps that can help us achieve this. Please enjoy and pass it on!

Pick A Time to Read.
I read before I go to sleep. By experimentation, I learned that I could always carve out five
minutes before I go to sleep. But when I tried to read in the morning, sometimes I would get
too busy and forget, and I would end up having to read in the evening, so I just switched to
reading in the evening.
I found that I can always stay up an extra five minutes to read. No matter how late it is, another
five minutes is not going to make or break my evening’s rest. There have been times I have
been so tired I had to read standing up so I wouldn’t fall asleep, but I did it. I have been accused
of being legalistic. I’m not. I’m being realistic and disciplined. I’ve learned that if I give myself an
excuse one day, I am likely to give myself an excuse another day and another day. So, I have
just not given myself an excuse. And more than two thousand hours of reading the Bible later,
with a breadth of knowledge of Scripture I could never have gained or maintained any other
way, I am glad I haven’t. Others find that they must read first thing in the morning. It really
doesn’t matter when you read. The bottom line is: read when it is best for you.

Read for Understanding.
This was a recommendation given to me by the man who led me to the Lord. He said, “When
you read, don’t get bogged down by anything you don’t understand. Just skip over it, and read
for the things you do understand… and underline everything that seems especially important.”
This counsel was extremely valuable to me, and it set me on a course of Bible-knowledge
acquisition I’m not sure I would have taken any other way. Without that advice, whenever I
would come to something in the text I didn’t understand, I would grind to a halt, or be forced to
stop reading and start studying, both of which destroyed the original intent.

Read with A Plan.
Many people are motivated by the goal of reading through the Bible in a year. I think it is
something that everyone might want to do at least once, just to know that one has read theentire Bible. However, it is not an easy task, and many who start the project do not complete it.
You might set a goal of reading through the Bible without committing to having to do it in a
year. Just read five minutes a day, and let it take however long it takes to get through the entire
Bible. Other reading plans can be found online.
If the Bible is new to you, I recommend what my mentor recommended to me when I first
became a Christian. Read the Gospel of John six times in a row, not worrying about what you
don’t understand but underlining everything that seems especially important. Then you might
read the rest of the Gospels and then the New Testament. After that, you might read the first
seventeen books of the Old Testament, known as the historical books. Or, there are eleven
primary historical books that you might start with: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1
Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Those are the eleven books that tell
the story of the Old Testament. The other Old Testament books give additional information, but
do not advance the Old Testament story significantly. Then, reading Psalms and Proverbs is
always a profitable experience. On the other hand, if you are a more seasoned Christian and are
generally familiar with the Bible, read what is interesting to you in your current circumstances…
but be open to stretching yourself into other territory from time to time, remembering the
importance of reading for breadth of knowledge.

Few of us can gain a depth of knowledge without sitting under skilled teachers. So, for most
people, they must sit under effective preaching from the Bible and be involved in a Bible study
taught by an effective teacher. For maximum benefit, Bible study must have assignments that
get you studying and interacting with the Bible on your own. To gain a depth of knowledge, you
cannot be passive. You must become active in the process of deepening your knowledge. Crawl
before you walk, and walk before you run, but this should be your goal. That is the only way
you will progress to a depth of knowledge.
If this is new to you, begin by attending a church that is committed to teaching the Bible, not
only from the pulpit during sermons, but also in small groups or Sunday school classes. You
might also find helpful information in Christian bookstores or online. More seasoned Christians
might be able to give you helpful suggestions as well. If you are an avid reader, there is a wealth
of knowledge available to you as well through good books available online or at Christian

In conclusion, mastering the Bible is a journey that requires commitment, discipline, and a plan.
It is not enough to simply read the Bible; one must also study it for depth of knowledge. This
involves sitting under skilled teachers, attending Bible studies, and actively engaging with the
It is also important to pick a time to read that works best for you, whether it be in the morning
or evening. Reading for understanding is also crucial; don’t get bogged down by what you don’t
understand, but underline what seems important. Having a plan for reading the Bible, whether
it be reading through it in a year or starting with specific books, can also be helpful.
Ultimately, mastering the Bible is a lifelong journey that requires dedication and discipline. By
following these steps, one can experience the fullness of God’s promises and live a life of
spiritual prosperity and success.

Stay blessed!
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