I have a consistent desire to grow and deepen in my relationship with God and knowledge of the Bible. However, I have to say that growing up in traditional African-American churches relegated the advice on how to deepen my relationship and knowledge of God’s Word to “get in the Word.”
I’m more of a systems-oriented person that wants actionable steps, so I’ve done a myriad of things to try to accomplish a deepening understanding, memorization, and knowledge of God’s Word. Remind me to tell you about the time I started my Bible reading plan in Genesis or that time I read all the “begats” in Matthew and it begat me a headache.
P.S. My favorite Bible Reading plans are a mixture of daily readings of the of Old and New Testament with Psalms thrown in.)
At various points and times in my life, my desire to read, understand and absorb God’s word has been insatiable! And I recently entered another season where that is the case. But I wanted to feel like I was doing more than just reading scripture.
While watching YouTube videos on something totally unrelated, I ran across a video on Scripture Writing. I was fascinated. I watched a few videos, read a few blog posts, and knew this was a practice I wanted to incorporate into my Bible Study/Quiet Time routine.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)
We all learn and absorb information in different ways. Reading scripture feeds our souls. Another layer to letting God’s Word get deep in our hearts is by re-writing/copying scripture. And that’s what Scripture writing is…writing scripture verses.
When only reading, sometimes we have a tendency to skip over information and miss words, context, or nuances of scripture. When you’re writing Scripture, it forces you to focus on what you’re writing. Science even affirms that writing helps us remember things.
I’ve said for years that leaders are readers.
In Deuteronomy 17:18-20, we see a command for even Kings to personally write out scripture and read it daily to use in their governance of their Kingdoms.
“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.Deuteronomy 17:18-20
We know based on 1 Peter 2:9 that we are a “chosen generation” and a royal priesthood. So this commandment to Kings extends to us. I’m not saying we have to write the entire Bible, but there are definitely certain scriptures that we should purposefully scribe as purpose-filled people.
One of the most popular scriptures to quote when talking about goals, vision, vision boards, etc. is Habbakuk 2:2
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.”
The ultimate source of our vision is God’s Word. That’s how and where you can find the creative, God-inspired, purposeful impact that will cause your “plans to be established” (Proverbs 16:3). Writing God’s Word will cause the clarity needed to make your plans align with His will.
It’s really super simple and doesn’t require extravagant supplies. All you need is
You pick a scripture, date the page, and copy the scripture.
PRO-TIP: Use the Bible app (or different Bibles you have) to find the translation of that scripture that resonates most with you. My faves are NIV (New International Version), The Message, NLT (New Living Translation), and AMP (Amplified).
There are a couple of options for your scripture writing plan. You can scripture write based on
If you are unsure of how and where to start, you can download my 31-day Purpose Scripture Writing Plan!
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