Study to shew thyself approved unto God,. . . – 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Your faith needs to be centered around some understanding of who Jesus is. Yes, you need to know Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. After all, that is the work of the Holy Spirit to teach us and shares with us about Jesus the Christ. We are to come to know Jesus as the Christ by the Holy Spirit with faith at hearing the Word of God.
So where does your Bible study time fit into all of this? You study the Bible to strengthen your relationship with the Lord. Your receive the Word of God and accept it in faith as it washes and cleanses you in salvation, but you grow stronger in the Word after you have been saved as you spend some quality time studying His Word.
You learn more and more about Jesus when you study the Word. You learn what Jesus said and did. You see Jesus in action, coming and going. Your study of the Word should cause you to walk closer with the Lord due to the fact that the Lord is revealed through His Word and he is confirmed by His Word.
What does the Holy Spirit use to show us the Lord? Watch as the Spirit confirms who Jesus is according to His Word. You fall short of keeping up with Jesus when you fall short of fulfilling His commands. We all do. We need some real personal time with the Lord and His Word.
Once you have studied the Word of God, go to someone who is strong in His Word and seek some answers for clarity and understanding. You need to make note of your questions as you study. Use index cards, notebooks or something else to keep track of your questions related to your personal Bible study time. Let those notes guide your discussion with your biblical mentor or tutor.
Treat Bible study just like any other type of study. Use your reference materials; Bible dictionary, concordance, and other study tools. Take notes. Write them in whatever style works for you. Get some answers from a trusted source. Make it understandable for you. Share with others. Keep at it.
Don’t confuse your devotional reading with Bible study. Just take it in when you read it. Take in and chew on it as you study. When you study, try to observe what is in the text and see how it relates to other concepts or incidents in the Bible. Take Bible study seriously.