HOW I DEVOTIONAL

Before I share with you a more intentional way of doing Bible studies, let me be very clear that these things are not needed to glean from God’s Word. You do not need pretty pens or even a method to how you do your devotionals. All you NEED is His Word and a heart that’s submissive to obey what you study.

With that said, my morning devotionals have been used for deeper study. At night before bed I read the Word without my little system because, again, there isn’t one right way to read and learn from God’s Word. My ultimate encouragement is that you’d set out time for deeper “in-depth” study and also be in the Word as often as you can throughout the day.

MY SYSTEM

I have 3 Bibles: My Go-To Bible that goes everywhere with me, my John MacArthur study Bible, and then a Journaling Bible that has never been used until today.

I have been using a composition notebook to go through different books of the Bible and write down notes and thoughts per chapters. You can watch a video on that here:

I am still doing this but it’s not a daily thing. It takes a lot of time to do one chapter, depending on the chapter’s length but I am still working towards my goal (no end date set) of having a notebook for each book of the Bible.

For daily devotionals, I like to be in the Word and marking things inside the Bible so I can always see those notes when I re-read a passage or a chapter.

I decided to show you my devotional system by using the Journal Bible because it doesn’t have any marks or writing in it. My Go-To Bible is very scribbled in with notes and highlights from YEARS. I wouldn’t be able to show you my highlighting color system without it getting confusing SO I decided to pull out the Journal Bible my father bought me in 2016.

I wanted to start 1 John again. So, I gathered my supplies.

I have a little highlighting system that I recently came up with for myself for study.

You can buy highlighters for super cheap at the store but I do recommend getting ones that won’t bleed into your Bible pages. Amazon has TONS of Bible Journaling tools.

So, for today I started with 1 John and decided to do chapter 1 to show you what my study looks like.

AFTER YOU READ THE CHAPTER OR PASSAGE, I THINK USING A COMMENTARY IS IMPORTANT. IT MAY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND SOMETHING CONFUSING OR SHOW YOU SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW BEFORE. THE CROSS REFERENCES ARE ALSO REALLY GREAT TO SEE AND THEN READ.

Here is 1 JOHN 1 done with my color method:

I used a little sticker because this verse is so important; they all are but I wanted it to be quickly located when I open my Bible.

The purpose of devotionals is to learn about God (who He is), who we are, and what He wants us to do. There’s no purpose in just reading the Bible if we’re not believing it and then obeying it.

I keep flashcards on hand to write down verses, prayers, and thoughts while I’m studying; if I don’t then I’m likely to forget.

These verses in 1 John are important, as I mentioned before, because the text clearly says: WE ALL SIN, WE CANNOT WALK WITH GOD AND IN DARKNESS, AND THAT JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL SIN – when we confess our sins.

I used to believe I could lose my salvation but this text alone proves that doctrine to be false. If Jesus is faithful to forgive me from ALLLLLLL my sin, then how do I become uncleansed if He already cleansed it? This puts the power over my sin in MY hands, not HIS. Obviously we don’t just use one verse to create a Theological belief, trust me the Bible NEVER contradicts itself, but reading this was good for my heart this morning.

I have confessed, repented and I know 100% that every sin I have commited or will commit has been washed away – FULLY – by CHRIST.

Another great verse to pair with these is Romans 8. “NOW THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.” NONE. ZERO. It makes me teary because we should most definitely, rightfully, pay our sin debt but Christ paid the price for us. HALLELUJAH.

If you’re wanting to do these kinds of studies, figure out a method that works best for you!

But again and this cannot be repeated enough – we must BELIEVE AND OBEY what we read. SOLI DEO GLORIA.

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