Two words keep popping up the last few days – Word Immersion.
Every time I hear or see it, I think of the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 4:4: “The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
We all know that we need to eat to stay alive. But do we realise the seriousness of Jesus’ words? We need more than physical food. Our spirit man is in need of sustenance as well, and the food it needs to feed on is the Word of God.
Our bodies waste away when we don’t eat for a long period of time, and in the end, we die. Unfortunately, we can’t see our spirit man waste away when we don’t feed on the Word, so we don’t always acknowledge the fact that our spiritual need for food is much greater than our physical need.
But let’s get back to the two words that keep popping up in my life the last couple of days.
To immerse yourself in something means to involve yourself deeply in a particular activity, in this case, feeding on the Word.
Feeding on the Word leads to spiritual growth, so it stands to reason that your growth will be much faster if you immerse yourself in the Word.
While it is necessary to spend time in the Word each day, it is to our advantage to take time ever so often to immerse ourselves in the Word.
Set aside time to do this and mark it on your calendar. It can be for as long as you want or as your time and schedule allows – a day, a week, a month, or even a whole year!
Once you’ve made the decision to immerse yourself in the Word, you need to put a plan in place, so you know what you will be doing each day.
Today, I want to give you a few ideas to work into your plan and make it easier to spend as much time as possible in the Word each day.
Start the day with the Word. If you already spend time with the Lord in the mornings, great! Keep doing it. If you have your quiet time at another time, make a point of reading just a few verses of Scripture before going to work. You can even listen to an audio version of the Bible on the way to work if it is more convenient.
Study a passage, verse, or concept from the Word every day. Instead of whiling away the time watching TV or Netflix in the evening, use that time to study something from the Word that you want to know more about.
Read only the Word or other Christian books. During your time of Word immersion, refrain from reading anything but the Bible or Christian books. Pick books that teach truth, not books based on stories from the Bible. Is there a topic you would like to know more about? Choose a book on that topic. Do you struggle with something in your walk with God? Choose a book that teaches you how to overcome your struggle with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Listen to teachings or sermons. All teaching ministries have teaching resources available that you can purchase or even download for free. Many churches record the sermons on Sunday and make these available to their congregation either on the Internet or on CD. Choose a few teachings and sermons to listen to during your time of Word immersion.
Listen to the Word. Instead of listening to the radio or to music during the day, listen to the audio Bible. I know of a lady whose husband bought her a waterproof CD player. She uses this in the shower every morning to listen to the audio Bible.
Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time during your Word immersion session, rely on the Holy Spirit to teach you. Ask Him to give you more ideas on how to immerse yourself in the Word. Remember also to ask Him to give you understanding, insight, and revelation. And last, but not least, ask Him to show you how to apply what you learn to your life.
You can do a Word immersion session all on your own, but why not ask your family to join you? It will be much easier to stick with it if everyone in the house is on board and doing it at the same time.
Spending time in the Word is of utmost importance. Immersing ourselves in the Word for an extended period of time will help us to grow spiritually at an increased pace. Set aside time this month to immerse yourself in the Word. Use the ideas above to help you plan your immersion, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you more ideas. Then trust Him to teach you and help you grow as you immerse yourself in the Word of God.