3 Sure-Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Bible Study Efforts

Are you ready to be consistent and confident when it comes to your bible study time? Learn the three ways you could be sabotaging your efforts – without even knowing it. Plus, tips about how to create a bible study routine that you can actually stick to during your daily quiet time with God. 

I often hear about struggles with bible study from the ladies inside the Women Finding God Community. Women that love God and want to grow their faith but can’t seem to find their footing when it comes to reading, studying, and understanding scripture. 

It can be incredibly frustrating to feel stuck especially when you are putting in a lot of time and effort. I’ve been there. Usually, when I talk with these ladies we uncover a little bit of self-sabotage going on. 

Let’s explore that a little bit today.

Over the years I have found that there are 3 main ways to sabotage your bible study:

Using a bible translation you don’t understand

Just because a certain translation was used in your home or church growing up doesn’t mean that it’s the only one you can read and study. There is no perfect, correct, biblical translation of the bible.

You need to have a translation that you can read and understand, otherwise, you won’t use it. And if you aren’t using the bible you aren’t going to grow in your faith. 

If you are really struggling to understand what your version of the bible says, it may be time to check out a new translation.

Your routine isn’t working, or you don’t have a routine at all

You need to have some kind of structure or format for how you plan to study the bible. It will help you stay focused and keep you from wasting a lot of time deciding what you want to do. 

That said, no routine is going to work forever. As your seasons of life change, your routine needs to change with you. Getting up at 4 am to study for 2 hours may be just fine when you’re a student or single. But that’s not gonna fly when you’re up all night with a baby or teenager.

Your timing stinks

The time of day that you study is important. And I don’t mean that in the “you need to spend the first hours of your day with God” way. Sure if that works for you go ahead. But if it doesn’t try something different. Here’s a quick clue that you need to find a better time to do your bible study: you fall asleep every time you try or you keep forgetting/ run out of time to study.

You need to be awake and alert if you’re going to study and retain what you’re learning.  This means that early morning or right before bed may not work for you. Take advantage of afternoons, commutes, nap time etc.

If you keep forgetting or run out of time then you need to prioritize your bible time. Pick a time that works and then protect it so that you can get it done. 

You don’t have to stay stuck when it comes to any part of your spiritual growth, especially your bible study time. Just think through the things that you are trying to do to see if it’s actually working for you. If it’s not it’s okay to make changes. 


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