What is Inscribe the Word?
In 2017, I wrote the W.O.R.D. Bible study method to help you dig deeper into the Word of God. In this Four-Part Series, we are breaking down each part of the W.O.R.D. method to give you a better understanding of how you can get the most out of your Bible study time.
In this post, Part One, we will talk about the how to Inscribe (Write) the Word.
In Part Two, we will learn how to Observe the key parts of a passage of Scripture.
In Part Three, we will learn how to make any a passage of Scripture Relevant to our daily life.
And in Part Four, we will learn how to Declare the Word of God.
For the original post on the W.O.R.D. method and a brief overview of how this plan works, click here.
Part One. Write the Word.
The Story of INSCRIBE THE WORD.
Guess what? I hated reading the Bible. You heard me right. This Pastor’s kid who has been saved since the age of five, worship-leading Christian gal HATED reading the Word of God.
I grew up in church and felt that I didn’t need to read my Bible because I lived in a Christian household and grew up listening to phenomenal preaching. Why did I need to read the Word? Everyone else in my life was doing it for me.
Every January, I would buy a new Bible, new journal, and new pretty pens vowing that this was the year I would read and study the Bible. This year would be different! By January 10th, of every year, the Bible sat on the shelf. I couldn’t commit. I should say, I wouldn’t commit. Everything else was more important than that time with the Lord.
Thing was, I wanted more of the Lord. I wanted to hear His voice and follow His will, and I knew I had to start with the Word of God. How was I to know His voice if my Bible remained closed? But where did I start? The Bible was so daunting, I thought. How does it all form a continuous story?
It wasn’t until 2015 in the middle of nursing a very broken heart did my spiritual life take a MAJOR turn. I love to write, so I figured instead of just reading God’s Word, let me start writing God’s Word. I started a Bible study where each morning, I would Inscribe the Word and guess what happened? God’s Word became alive to me! He became MY JESUS and MY LORD and not just the God of my parents and pastors.
I found Jesus for myself as I began Inscribing the Word.
Fast forward many years later, and through this ministry, A Symphony of Praise, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children have Inscribed the Word with me. Each month, through our free Scripture writing plans, we have started a practice of opening the Word of God every single day. I’ve seen many lives, like mine, transformed, and hundreds of thousands of people from around the world find hope, joy, peace, and transformation through the power of God’s Word. To God, be ALL the glory!
The more I began to Inscribe the Word, the more I wanted more of the Lord; The more I wanted to understand His Word. I developed the W.O.R.D. Bible Study as a resource to help me dig deeper into my daily Inscribe the Word.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
This was happening to me! The more I Inscribed the Word, the more I wanted Jesus. The more I wanted to know about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The more I wanted to learn about the transforming power of my Savior, the stories of the Bible, and the teachings of the Scriptures.
The W.O.R.D. plan was developed out of a longing in my spirit to have an intimate relationship with my Savior, and with the God who called me by name.
In this series, I want to break this method down for you so that if you have a desire like I did, you can take your daily Inscribe the Word to the next level with this Bible study method.
Inscribe the Word is the starting line. The W.O.R.D. method starts you on a journey that you will never turn back from; A journey to discovering the treasure of God’s Word.
WRITE the Word.
1. Why WRITE the Word?
What does it mean to Inscribe or write the word? My Friend, it is as simple as it sounds. Inscribing (writing) the Word is a daily practice of writing out, word for word, a passage of Scripture. It is that simple.
Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you read a passage from God’s Word? Not just skimmed through it or read it while your weekly shopping list was battling for brain space with The Word, but really read, understood, and comprehended The Word of God?
For so many of us, it is hard to simply sit and read something. We have so many things going on in our lives, and we are pulled in so many different directions that to relax and “meditate on God’s Word” is very hard. Our thoughts, spouse, kids, and laundry always pull me us away from God’s Word.
Inscribing the Word quiets our minds and focuses on each word of Scripture. We can carve out a few minutes of our day to sit and write God's Word allowing it to penetrate into our hearts.
2. Is this Scriptural?
I would never want to lead any of my readers astray into a practice that sounds spiritual on paper but wasn't found in God's Word. Let's go to the Word, and we will find that there are numerous references to inscribing the Scriptures.
In Deuteronomy 17, Moses lays out principles governing the Kings. It says in verses 18-20,
“Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”
If you read earlier in the passage, God gives Moses His laws regarding kings. They were not to have too many horses (military power), too many wives (personal issues eventually turning the heart away from God), or too much wealth (leading to economic idolatry). The king was to be under the authority of the Word of God. He was to inscribe the Word, read the Word, and apply the Word to his life.
Just read Solomon's story and see what happens to a king who started off under the authority of God's Word, eventually falling to every sin found in Deuteronomy 17. (1 Kings 4:26; 10:14; 11:3–4)
If we are a family of kings and priests through Christ Jesus (Rev. 1:6, Rev. 5:9-10, 1 Peter 2:9), then how much more does this verse apply to us today. If the kings of old were called to write the Word and keep the statues inside, how much more are we?
Writing out Scripture was a Biblical practice that carries numerous benefits:
- We will learn to fear the Lord.
– We will obey the Lord and all He desires.
– We will be more cautious not to become prideful.
– We will keep our eyes straight ahead to the vision God set for us not wavering to the right or left.
3. Marek's Story.
The October 23, 1995 issue of Christianity Today includes a story about Marek Kaminski. Marek was raised in communist Poland. When he was 14, he lost his father in a car accident. During his grief over his loss, he found a Bible in his home and started reading it because he had heard that it was a "fortune-telling book."
Marek, realizing the Bible was a serious book and not a fortune-telling book, read the entire Bible over three years. He believed what he read in the Bible, became a Christian, and had a deep desire to learn more about the Bible. Marek began to write out entire books of the Bible as a way to slow down and fully study each word.
However, Marek, who was right-handed, realized the only way to truly slow himself down was to copy with his left hand!
After reproducing the first four books of the Old Testament, Isaiah, Psalms, all four Gospels, and Revelation, he realized that he had memorized God’s Word to the level that allowed him to know when people changed even one word in a verse that they quoted!
The article quotes Marek as saying, “To me, the Word of God is like music. You can listen to the same piece several times and get the melody of it. But to hear the whole sound of it, every instrument, each line, you have to listen several times and pay a lot of attention...the word of God is so beautiful, the more time you spend in it, the more you appreciate it.” -Bible Gateway.
4. Where to start.
* Choose one of our monthly Inscribe the Word plans. You can find a full list HERE.
* Read the passage of Scripture once or twice.
* Begin to Write out the passage of Scripture. You can use a blank notebook or your Inscribe the Word journal.
The first step of this method is simply to Inscribe (write) the Word.
In Part One, I hope that you have seen the importance of Inscribing the Word and the benefits it has had for so many. Not only is it helpful in setting a time each day to be with the Lord but also, in creating a desire to learn more about our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us for Part Two as we go a little further and learn how to OBSERVE the key parts of the Scriptures.