One of the secrets that has helped me immensely to date where engaging with the Word of God is concerned, is that my intention and pursuit should be to encounter the Person of Jesus Christ within the scriptures.
The Word of God is the very Life and Spirit of God, and is therefore Christ Himself. That makes it a gateway, an open access, a Portal through which I find Christ in Person.
How do I do this?
1. I trust the Holy Spirit to draw me into a place of stillness and quietness within me in the Presence of God.
2. I give God all my attention and audience and wait on Him, unhurriedly and unreservedly.
3. I follow His leading by the help of the Holy Spirit to the scriptures where He wants me to engage with Him.
Sometimes it will be topical (several scriptures from Genesis to Revelation on the same topic) other times they will be contextual (sections of scripture e.g. several chapters in the same book)
4. In that place of stillness and quietness, I read these scriptures over and over again:
(a) engaging my imagination (allowing the Lord to open the eyes of my spirit as I read)
(b) allowing myself to connect with the Word at the feelings level.
For instance, as I read the scripture on crucifixion, I allow myself to visualise it and feel it as I read it over and over and I just soak it up without trying to reason it out in my human mind.
5. I pray in the Spirit.
This discipline has been of great value to me. I know the Lord leads us in different ways in this regard, for His own purposes.
How do you personally engage with the Word of God?
What has been your personal experience?
Does not My Word burn like fire?”
says the Lord.
“Is it not like a mighty hammer
that smashes a rock to pieces?
For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
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