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Another Step to Grow Closer to God

Maria Schleicher


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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ESV

Just like praying is communicating with God, so is reading the Bible! It’s been said that the Bible is God’s love letter to His people. Reading God’s Word helps us grow closer to Him as we learn His character and provision for His people. 

In Scripture, we read stories filled with God’s love, promises for His people, and instructions on living a godly life. It’s a beautiful reminder that God has been redeeming all of creation through His Son Jesus since Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Everything in Scripture points to Jesus, even in the Old Testament!

So often, believers are faced with challenges of the world. How do we respond to social injustice, laws we disagree with, or words of governing leaders? Scripture is filled with these answers. The Bible is our instruction for life and living in a way that pleases God! We can confidently run everything through Scripture to find answers to these questions. Even when the Bible doesn’t address a specific topic, you can find answers by looking at God’s character and His design for the world. 

Do you find yourself in a season where reading your Bible hasn’t been a priority? Maybe you’re in that season now. It happens to everyone at some point in their faith journey, but don’t worry! You can start again today and feel the presence of God as you read through His words! Below are some simple steps to work through while reading to help apply the Scripture to your life. 

  1. Take the time to meditate on what you’ve read. 
  2. How does this Scripture apply to you or what you’re going through? 
  3. Does this bring to mind someone in your life you’ve been praying for?
  4. Ask God to reveal what you should learn from these passages. 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV


Scripture is quoted from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®). ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. The ESV® text has been reproduced in cooperation with and by permission of Good News Publishers. Unauthorized reproduction of this publication is prohibited. All rights reserved.

Scripture is quoted from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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About The Author

Maria Stockman

Maria is a Digital Copywriter at CBN who is passionate about using her writing to present the gospel and encourage someone to take the next step in their relationship with Jesus! In addition, she's an avid sports, fitness, and holistic health fan who lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and stepson.