I've heard people say that reading the Bible is hard. It's full of so many thy's, thou's, and begat's. And what's the deal with all of those names!?! I get it! I still get stuck on some of those names too... I just say "big word" and keep on reading...LOL!
It's okay- God understands. Remember- He wants you to learn more about Him. The same God who ordained the writers to write these words for our benefit and for His glory is the same God who is going to help you understand them. He will never set you up to fail!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.
Before you accepted Christ, you were living your life by your terms. You may have even been unknowingly committing sins, for example, did you know that complaining is a sin? So now you have to learn God's way of living, thinking, and speaking.
The Bible also teaches us about Jesus Christ and who we are in Christ. So it's important that you start reading your Bible now because there is so much to learn.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
1. Pray! Ask God to help you understand the Bible. Ask Him to show you what to read and where to start. Ask Him to be your teacher and to send you teachers. God is faithful; He hears your prayer for help and He will answer. Trust Him!
2. Get a Bible. There are so many different versions of the Bible. Personally, I prefer the Authorized King James Version for my Bible study time, but I also use the New Living Translation (NLT) and the Amplified Version (AMP) for more clarification. As you get more into studying the Bible, you may want to invest in some other study tools, but right now all you really need is a Bible and a sincere thirst and hunger for God. You can use an online Bible, an App (I like the Bible App), or the good old fashioned book Bible (affiliate Amazon link)!
3. Go to Bible study at church. This is another reason why you want to find a good Bible-teaching, Bible-believing church. Be sure to attend a church that has Bible study and attend it. Bible study is a great time to get into a smaller more focused session to learn about the Bible. Be prepared to take notes and even ask questions (make sure you are at a church where you can ask questions in Bible study).
4. Read Everyday. Yes, everyday. At first this may be exciting because it's all so new, then it may start to feel like a task. Don't feel like a failure if you miss a few days. Just get back into it. It may take a lifetime for you to get into a rhythm, but just stay the course. Even if you just have 5-10 minutes a day, make the commitment to read daily. This daily reading is really going to help you to deal with the trials and challenges of life. I've created some devotionals that only take about 15 minutes to do each day. You can start there if you'd like. Again, ask the Lord to help you.
I'm praying for you! Stay encouraged!