To form any skill, behavior, or long-term memory takes regular consistent and persistent practice with focus and mental engagement. Just showing up, although needed, will not be sufficient.
Five ways to seek spiritual develop through topic studies. The first four are specific studies. The last one is for ongoing versatile learning.
Godly Character- scripture focused on Godly Character traits (love, compassion etc.)
Humble Servants - scripture focused on setting an attitude in humility
Clean and Wash - scripture focused on purifying our heart and mind
Discipleship Study - scripture focused on discipleship activity
Long-Term Blended Study - All the above to last over a year period.
It's a process
Learning is always a progressive process which requires blocks of understanding that build upon each other. A person who cannot count cannot add. A person who cannot add cannot multiply. Someone who cannot spell words or have a vocabulary cannot speak or write. There are definite necessary components to teaching and understanding. As teachers for God we ought to have more structure and how we help others learn about God and the bible. Jesus attempted to lay down some structure when Jesus was abundantly clear about where to begin.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
It should be no argument about this being the greatest and most important action for us to take. The bigger question may be how, how do we act upon it? Many people leap to the reaction of imperfection, that we can't be perfect. Although this statement is correct it quickly excuses responsibility from seeking to improve upon it.
Matthew 19:25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
As we persevere regularly studying these materials over time, we will increase our understanding, with each verse and discussion adding to our knowledge and insight. It builds as we seek to understand. It is important for our understanding to stand firm and persevere with good attendance and attention. If we show up for the study, but do not pay attention, we will miss out. Missing out on what ought to be the most important thing to understand may illuminate an error in our priorities and what we believe to be important. If we claim to follow Jesus while dismissing the importance of what Jesus claims to be the most important, then we are fooling ourselves. Correction within our thinking and attitude may be required from time to time. Fools walk among us everywhere and we are subject to conformity, especially whenever we "go with the flow." When we become tired, absent minded, or run on auto pilot loving God with all our strength or mind may not be possible. It is important to get rest and not feel depleted. Rest is essential hence the Sabbath. Even God rested.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.
It is difficult to test all things if we are exhausted. Our schedule ought to be examined to ensure we are taking excellent care of our health, spirit, and attitude. Eating well, sleeping well, and surrounding ourselves with spiritually valuable reminders. Remember progress, not perfection. We examine ourselves to see how we can improve, compare ourselves with ourselves to see how we have improved, and then share with others how we have improved to provide hope and guidance.
These packets are easily accessible in PDF format to save to most devices. Stay with the process and let God be developed inwardly.