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Successful Learning Starts by Immersing in God’s Word

Successful Learning Starts by Immersing in God’s Word


By Rick Warren — Oct 5, 2017

“Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed” (Joshua 1:8 GW).
To really excel in whatever you’re learning (whether it’s a new skill, a new theory, or about a new person), you must first steep yourself in God’s Word.


I chose the word steep intentionally. Do you know what it means to steep a tea bag? You take a tea bag out, dunk it in hot water, and bounce it up and down. You can’t do that quickly. You won’t have any tea. You need to do it slowly. When you do that, you extract all of the flavor out of that tea bag.
You need to do the same thing with God’s Word if you want to really excel in whatever you’re learning. You don’t do it rapidly. I believe in speed-reading. I do it frequently. But I never speed-read the Bible. I read it slowly, word by word. Why? The Bible says every word of God is pure.


Before you learn anything, start by steeping yourself in God’s Word. It’s the key to being successful.
Everyone wants to succeed. You want to succeed in your career. You want to succeed in your relationships. You want to succeed in your learning. The Bible gives clear counsel to anyone who wants to succeed.
Joshua 1:8 says of God’s Word, “Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed” (GW).
God’s not a liar. This is his promise to you. If you want to be successful and prosperous in life, study his Word continuously.


It’ll make you wise. And the Bible says, with wisdom will come riches and honor.
But that starts with knowing God’s Word.

• What truth have you most recently learned from studying and knowing God’s Word? How has that truth helped you grow closer to Jesus?
• What’s your current plan for studying God’s Word consistently? How well is that plan working?
• What makes it difficult for you to study God’s Word continuously? What changes might help you become more faithful in that?

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