How To Get The Most From Reading Your Bible
by Thomas Watson
Abridged and Modernised by Matthew Vogan
1. Remove hindrances. (a) remove the love of every sin (b) remove the distracting concerns of this world, especially covetousness (Matt. 13:22) (c) Don’t make jokes with and out of Scripture.
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
2. Prepare your heart. (1 Sam. 7:3) Do this by: (a) collecting your thoughts (b) purging unclean affections and desires (c) not coming to it rashly or carelessly.
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the Lord alone. 1 Samuel 7:3, 4
3. Read it with reverence, considering that each line is God speaking directly to you.
4. Read the books of the Bible in order.
5. Get a true understanding of Scripture. (Ps. 119:73) This is best achieved by comparing relevant parts of Scripture with each other.