Cultivating a Sweet Tooth
Most of us are not born desiring to exercise or drink water or eat a healthy diet, but many of us have learned to encourage those habits. Similarly, a sweet tooth for the Bible is an appetite that needs to be actively cultivated.
Here are three ways we can nurture our spiritual “sweet teeth”:
1. Always pray first. The Bible is God’s Word. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. Before you start studying, ask God to come and prepare your heart and open your mind to the truth of His word.
2. Be constantly curious. Who is this person? Where is this place? Why is this word here? (Words like since, therefore, because link passages together.) Does this passage relate to other passages? How am I supposed to obey this command? How can I follow this good example (or avoid this bad example)?
3. Engage with the Scriptures. God wrote these things down specifically for your learning (Romans 15:4). So help it come alive. Listen to the Bible audio. Take notes. Outline the chapter or book you are studying. Draw pictures or paint mental pictures of the passage you are reading. Memorize a verses and pray through it with God.
May your times with Christ in His word grow sweeter and sweeter!
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