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Action Required - Study

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

When my Bible Study group ended for a brief recess, everyone was asked to identify a prayer request for the group to pray during that time. Would you be surprised to learn that the majority, in fact almost everyone, asked for prayer that they would have a regular Quiet Time?

Quiet time in my understanding is a regular time committed to read, study, pray, meditate for the purposes of strengthening our relationship with God. While it may vary from day to day and from one focus to another, the commitment is critical. Why is it that we can commit to many things, but commitment to a time alone with our God seems to get away from us?

Let’s focus on one aspect of a Quiet Time – studying the Bible. All of us have had to study something at one time or another, so this ought to come easily. It’s a commitment that requires a decision and action. Like most commitments, we have to get serious about it.

I really like going to school, but I finally learned that studying and going to school are not the same thing. Sad to say, for many years I read my Bible, but seldom studied it.

When I really began to study the Bible, I was humbled and amazed at what I learned.  May I encourage you to study your Bible, not just read it, or wait for your minister to explain it to you?  Partner with someone; enroll in a Bible study; read one of the many books that give simple and fulfilling ways to study.

The Amplified Bible expands 2 Timothy 2:15: Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself  approved, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing rightly handling and skillfully teaching the Word of Truth.

Not suggestions, but a directive. Action is required.


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