Jesus is recorded in Matthew 4:4 as saying ”But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Each of us as Christians must live according to the Scriptures by which we will be judged (John 12:48), and this requires diligent study. Therefore, let us look at some suggestions which may help us to fulfill the command in Matt. 4:4
1. Make Bible study a priority.
Each of us has priorities in life, but for many Bible study is not one of them. Bible study must be moved to the front of the list, and this means scheduling a regular time each day and giving it priority in our life. Some prefer morning and some prefer evening. Whatever your best time is, begin your regular study and make it a priority.
2. Remove Obstacles.
This may mean giving up video games or some time from your favorite hobby. It may also mean scheduling a time when the children are asleep or out of the house in order to allow you to spend uninterrupted time in the Scriptures. Shut off phones and ignore Facebook and other distractions.
3. Incorporate self-discipline or accountability.
Study the same book, chapter or topic as another Christian who can help you to be accountable, and discuss what you have learned on a regular basis. If you study on your own, keep a calendar or notes to keep you on track. If you have problems with a verse, a study partner may help with your understanding. Be very careful of the sources you use during your study as many are not worth the paper they are printed on.
4. Pray for an understanding and application of the scriptures.
Pray for an understanding mind when studying. Allow the word itself to give you an understanding of what you are reading based on context, audience, and the purpose for the passage. The Bible is its own best commentary and will never contradict itself. The Bible is compared to nourishment, and we will be weaker without it (I Peter 2:2). The Bible is the seed of spiritual life. No Bible equals no life (Luke 8:11; James 1:18; I Corinthians 4:15). We can't answer for our hope apart from the word (I Peter 3:15; Acts 17:11). We can't be approved of God without it (II Timothy 2:15). Only the doctrine in the Bible will save those who are obedient to it (I Timothy 4:16). So, ask yourself honestly, have you been studying the Bible as often as you should or are you letting “more important” things deter you from knowing the truth?