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This is what the LORD, who saves you,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
"I am the LORD your God, who teaches you
to do what is good, who leads you
in the way you should go."
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen.
He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the Lord helped us."
1 Sam 7:12 (NIV)
WHY JOURNAL DURING OUR TIME WITH GOD? In Scriptures, God's Word says to "write it down..." When we do this, it helps to retain in our minds what we have learned. Also, when we keep a record of written lessons and God's answer to our prayers, it helps to keep God's promises to us firmly in our mind's grasp. Plus it helps to remind us of God's faithfulness to us when struggles come along that challenges our faith. When difficulties arise, it is easier to stand and hold up our Ebenezer stones and say to ourselves and loved ones around us, "Thus far, God has been faithful."
Christian Publications Meditating on God's Word,
and seeking His direction
~ created and provided by Cypress Ministries ~
from our Growing with God series
----- Bible Study Tips -----
Making your quiet time in God's Word more personal.
A coat of many colors
Just as Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, so God has given to me.
Learn how to "color code" your Bible to help bring God's Word into a more personal way to your life.
In studying Hosea 6:4, we find that it cross-references with Psalm 78:34-37, however if you take some time to read all of Psalm 78, you will see that it paints a sad picture of the hearts of God’s people. In just this one Psalm we see a summary of how God would send His Word, God would show His people remarkable things, but they would go off and quickly forget what they had learned. I don't want to be like that. I personally don't want to have to keep going around and around the same mountain, never growing or moving into what God has for me, because I just couldn't get it. One morning (years ago), I came across a passage in Scripture that lit up the page, and spoke so much to my heart that I didn't want to "lose" it, so I grabbed a colored sticky tab and put it on the edge of the lower right hand page. I know you may be thinking how in the world do you lose something in a book-- isn't it always there? But I was afraid I would have a hard time finding it again, and I wanted something different than the bookmarks I already had in my Bible marking several different pages. That began a whole new way I started marking my Bible as I came across different promises and revelations about God as He began to grow my in my walk. By color tabbing my Bible it has helped me to hold to what God is teaching me during my quiet time, so that I don’t forget. For me this was like finding hidden treasure in God’s Word! Hidden treasure can be: God’s Promises, His Commands, His Warning, Direction, Insight into God’s character, and Timeless Principles to live by.
Now when God shows me a reflection of His heart, I color mark it, so that I can learn and grow from it. This has helped me to stand in faith on what God is teaching me-- about myself, about Him-- and about my situation.
Tip #3: WRITING IN YOUR BIBLE
It is amazing how you can read the same passage several times, but each time, different parts will speak more clearly to you! It doesn’t mean you’ve missed something before or even misunderstood it-- this simply means that God’s Holy Spirit is speaking different thoughts and showing you new things as you grow and go through the changing seasons during your walk with God.
..... see how using colored pens help to mark in your Bible for the season you are in.
Tip #4: JOURNALING AND MAKING NOTE OF YOUR "GOD SIGHTINGS"
It's important to acknowledge when God moves and we see an answer to prayer! The more we see, the more our eyes will become opened to see more. In the same way Jesus said "those who have ears, let them hear" let our eyes be open to see!
I started a small notebook and put orange tabs in it, labeling them with the key names of God that I was learning during my personal Bible study. When I came to verses that spoke strongly to me about who God is I would write them down. Now, with much enjoyment, I can pick up my notebook and meditate on verses that speak of God’s name, which He has given me for my personal relationship with Him. Also I started using a purple pen to write these verses down, and this has stuck throughout all my journaling. Now my purple pens are ONLY for God’s Word, so no matter what I am doing (or looking back through), it is like seeing a breath from God. When I see purple writing I instantly know that it represents God’s Word and not my own thoughts.
We hope these tips have helped you to grow in your personal quiet time with God. If you've enjoyed these tips and are looking to really grow deeper in your walk with God in His Word, we encourage you to consider our Growing In God's Word Commentary Notebook.
This book is designed to help you make the most out of your quiet time with God. It includes a breakdown of the Bible, with a brief summary of each book, as well as other tidbits of information to help shed light on His Word as it becomes more personal in your life. (This book can be purchased through Cypress Ministries at our online bookstore, or Amazon.)
About the Growing With God series:
This series is based on John 15 and Matthew 13. God is the vinedresser, and we are the vines that He has planted. However if we do not stay “rooted in Him” then we will cease to grow. Jesus said, “if you abide in Me, and My Word abides in you….” His Word, however, cannot abide in us if the soil of our heart is hardened, it takes constant nurturing, tilling and weeding, if we want our hearts to remain good fertile ground that will bear fruit for the glory of God. Not only will this help us to bear much fruit, but we will also flourish like a Palm tree planted by God (Ps. 92:12-13; Ps. 1:3; and Jer. 17:8).