#3: Find a Bible that you can understand
The King James Bible is widely accepted as one of the most accurate versions, but for some new Christians can be difficult to understand at first as it is written in old English not spoken by people of today in everyday life. I would suggest a parallel Bible, one that has King James on one page, and a more modern language version on the other page. Example: NIV/King James. This way you can understand what you read, and The New Testament brings our savior Jesus into the picture: His birth, Ministry and teachings, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. You will notice that the first 4 books of the New Testament are basically the same facts (The life of Jesus Christ), but with different authors writing at different times.
I remember when I was a boy going thru a phase where I made up stories and told them as truth (lying) but I could never keep my stories straight; the truth, however, comes out the same no matter when its told or by whom. So, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John are amazing proofs of truth that these men were all guided by the Holy Spirit... Truth doesn’t change. So day one you will read the first chapter of Genesis, the first chapter of Proverbs, and the First chapter of Mathew. On day 31 you will read the 31st chapter of Genesis, the 31st chapter of Proverbs and you by now will be reading in Mark 3 of the New Testament. The next day you will continue on forward with Genesis and Mark but start rereading proverbs starting with chapter one. I find this a great way to learn Gods word quickly, but if you cant do this at first and need to build up to that much reading, that’s all right, But I urge you to read something from the Bible every day.
As you study the word of God certain scriptures will jump off the page at you (the word is alive); they will be the medicine you will need at that particular time. When you run across these scriptures, write them down. You can keep them in a notebook or I even hang them on the wall in places in my home where I can see them all the time. You will begin to memorize scripture in this way and when certain situations call for certain scriptures you will have the knowledge you need for yourself and others. It is very powerful when you quote God’s word when you pray; in fact, the enemy (The devil) cannot stand it and turns tail and runs, so scripture memorization is very important.
Another way of growing to know God is by praying: By praying, I mean just talking to Him as you would your earthly dad. Ask Him for advice, talk to Him about your day, and spend time with Him. Don’t ever feel like something is too small or unimportant to pray about, that is a trick by the enemy to keep you from communicating with God.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:6-7, Living Bible)
Always ask him for understanding before you read your Bible as well; you will be surprised how helpful that little prayer is. But, most paramount is thanking Him for everything that you can possibly think of, even the things you don’t understand. Cross-reference from one to another and in doing so you will also begin to understand the language of the King James.
Study your Bible daily The Bible is a huge book and can be overwhelming as far as knowing where to start to study; so I will take a little time to break it down for you so it makes more sense: The Holy Bible consists of The Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament consists of the first 39 books. The first 5 books, Genesis thru Deuteronomy are considered the books of the Law. Books 6 thru 17 are known as the books of history. Books 18 thru 22 are poetry and wisdom. Books 23 thru 27 are Major Prophets and books 28 thru 39 are the Minor Prophets. I would suggest for your beginning study of the Old Testament to read daily starting with Genesis, read 1 chapter, then skip to proverbs and read 1 chapter of that. Proverbs has 31 chapters, one for each day and I would suggest as you advance thru the Old Testament that when you reach Proverbs 31, or the 31st day, that you start over in Proverbs and read it again the same way; even today no matter where I’m studying in the Old or New Testament, I always read my proverb for the day. If it’s the 14th of the month, I read Proverbs 14. It’s important to also read one chapter of the New Testament each day starting in Mathew.