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Text: 2 Timothy 2:l5; John 5:39; Luke 9:62

To effectively study of God's word demand, mind and heart, discipline couples with self-control and determination to receive specifically from God, having sought His face sincerely, geniuely for Spirit guidance, direction and illumination of one's heart and understanding, knowing fully that Scriptures are written by the inspiration of God, (2 Timothy 3:l6-l7) and Holy men of God spake as the Spirit of God lead them (2 Peter l:20-2l). There must be principles undertaken for the effective study of the Word ->
l. There must be aim and objectives, couple (combined) with goal's in one's mind before studying.
2. You should know what you are aiming at, what you want to achieve and the purpose for studying.
3. You study to show yourself approve unto God, not unto man as a workmanship rightly dividing the word of truth.

In that regards there must be  principles - "read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully, for it is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. What it is given you in life, will be opened in the judgement, and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who triffle with its contents. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the heart and feet". Therefore, there is need to consider the following in effectively studing the Bible; Reasons for study of God's Word, What the Word of God entails, and Treasure to be discoverd in God's Word.

¤   Reasons for Studying the Word of God.
Text: 2 Timothy 2:l5; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:l4-l7; 2 Corinthians l3:5; Hebrews 4:l2-l3

The following are the reasons for studing the Bible.
l. To show yourself approve unto God.
2. To effectively teach the Word of God.
3. A command of tge Lord: 'search the Scriptures.'
4. To be equip with the perfect knowledge aabout God and life. Hebrews 9:27; ll:3; Mattew 4:l4
5. A lamp to our feet.
6. Is a compass for our soul.
7. Is an inspirational book.
8. Without it one cannot escape satan's traps; temptation, devices, strategy, deceit, lies, wiles etc. Mattew 4:l-ll
9. Discover whom we are. l John 3:l-3; Romans 8:l4-l7; Ephesians 2:l8,l9; l Corinthians 3:l6-l7; 6:l9,20,l5; Revelation 3:4; Ephesians l:l8; Revelation l:6; Philipians 4:l3
l0. What we have. Luke l0:l9-20; Mattew l8:l8; Romans 8:l5
ll. Where we are. Ephesians 2:6
l2. Whom Christ is to us. John l:l,3; Hebrews l:2,3; Revelation l9:l3; Acts 26:l8; John 8:34,36
l3. What He has done for us. l Peter 2:24
l4. What He's doing for us.
l5. Who God is to us.
l6. Who Holy Ghost is to us.
l7. Our position in Christ.
l8. What God expect of us.
l9. God and Christ commands to us. 2 Timothy 4:2; Jeremiah l:22,26
20. Type of life God expects of us. l Peter 5:8
2l. How to prepare and adore ourselves.
22. Relationship with the world.
23. The how of interaction with one another.
24. About prayer.
25. The end of sinners and God's command. John l2:48; Proverbs l3:l3; Luke l3:3; Mattew 25:4l; l Corinthians 6:9-l0; Psalm 9:l7; Revelation 2l:27; Acts 3:l9
26. Gives accurate picture of your life.
27. Gives accurate and perfect instruction, command, and guidance for meaningful life.
28. Where we are going. l Thesalonians 4:l3-l7

¤   What the Word of God Entails.

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are unchangeable. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer.

It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

¤   Treasures (Secrets) to be Discovered in God's Word.
Text: Ecclesiastes ll:l-l0; l0:l0

The secrets include the below
l. The creation.
2. Redemption plan.
3. Redemptive rights.
4. Institution of marriage and mystery. Genesis 2:l8, 2l-25; Mattew l9:3-9; Ephesians 5:22-33
5. Dealing of God with man before and after tge fall, and during new life experience.
6. Doom of sinners.
7. Believer's rights and priviledges.
8. Life after death.
9. Near heaven and near earth.

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