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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible


Many people struggle with understanding the Bible and find it boring or confusing. However, with the right approach and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible can come alive and reveal profound spiritual truths. We will provide a Holy Spirit cheat sheet and offer tips on reading the Bible effectively. Additionally, we will explore the use of spiritual symbols in the Bible and how they can enhance our understanding of God's word.

Best Way to Read the Bible

The NEED for the Holy Spirit

To truly understand the Bible, it is essential to have the Holy Spirit. The scriptures state that only the Spirit of God can comprehend the things of God. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide, and He provides revelation and understanding of the scriptures. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible may seem confusing or meaningless. Therefore, it is crucial to be born again and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Where to Start reading the Bible?

For those new to reading the Bible, it is recommended to start with the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These books provide a ground-level view of Jesus' life and teachings. Understanding who Jesus is and His plans for His people and the church is crucial in comprehending the entire Bible. Starting with the Gospels allows you to grasp the foundational aspects of God's word.

How to study the Bible? Read it in Context

When reading the Bible, it is important to read it in context. Although the Bible is divided into chapters and verses, these divisions were added later for organizational purposes. Sometimes, the separation of chapters can disrupt the flow of thought in a passage. Reading the scriptures before and after a particular verse or chapter can provide a more comprehensive understanding of the message being conveyed.

Read Scripture Aloud

Scripture is powerful, and reading it aloud can enhance its impact. When reading promises in the Bible, declare them out loud, affirming that God has promised them to you. Satan fears believers who boldly declare and believe in God's promises. Reading scripture aloud allows the word of God to penetrate our hearts and minds more deeply.

Understanding Spiritual Symbols in the Bible

The Bible often uses symbols to convey spiritual truths. Recognizing these symbols can deepen our understanding of God's word. Some common symbols include:

  •  fire (representing the Holy Spirit's purifying work)

  • water (symbolizing repentance)

  • wind (representing the Holy Spirit)

  • oil (symbolizing the anointing)

  • bread (representing God's word)
  • blood (representing Jesus' cleansing power)

  • clouds (representing the Holy Spirit)
  • birds (representing demons)
  • trees (representing God's people).

Repent and then APPLY the Word

Reading the Bible is not merely an intellectual exercise but a means to understand God and become more like Him. Repentance, which involves changing our minds, is an essential aspect of reading the scriptures. As believers, we should continually repent and align our thoughts and actions with God's word. When reading the Bible, ask God to reveal areas in your life that need repentance and transformation.

Meditate on God's Word

Meditation on God's word involves focusing and thinking about it. Don't just read “your ”daily bible verse" and then move on with your day, rather you should take time to stop and ponder what you just read. Just as we digest physical bread, we should digest God's word. Meditating on scripture allows us to taste, chew, and internalize its truths. It is encouraged to ask questions, seek answers, and ponder the scriptures, allowing them to transform our understanding and actions.


By approaching the Bible with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and understanding the use of spiritual symbols, we can unlock the deep mysteries contained within its pages. Reading the Bible in context, practicing repentance, and meditating on God's word are essential for a transformative reading experience. As we delve into the scriptures, may we seek revelation, apply its teachings to our lives, and grow in our understanding of God and His kingdom. Soon you'll be creating the bible study of a lifetime with your friends.

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Author: Aaron Ceroy

Aaron is the Founder of WIT Disciples. The Lord gave him a vision to create a powerful community of ON-FIRE believers. 

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