How To Read The Bible Like a Conqueror

By Luke Gibbons

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The word “conqueror” conjures up an image of a soldier with the resolve of steel, fully armed for battle, with weapon drawn.

The Bible calls us to be “more than a conqueror” in Christ.

We are to be fierce in our faith, studying the Word of God as our preparation for the daily battle we face in this fallen world.

This deep knowledge of scripture is our weapon, our sword. It instantly cuts through our experiences in life, rightly dividing truth from the lies of the enemy.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

– Hebrews 4:12

Yet, many Christians struggle to experience the power of the Bible because they’ve never been trained how to read and apply it’s truths to their lives.

Now from the Conquer Series – a life-changing, discipleship study that tackles sexual immorality and lays out the battle plan for purity – comes the SWORD drill that will help you read and live out God’s Word in a new way and arm you for war with the enemy.

The SWORD Drill

The SWORD drill will help you discover truths about your life and renew your mind. It gives us a device for studying the Bible and incorporating it into our soul where it can be readily drawn upon when needed.

This process involves the supernatural power of God’s Word reaching our heart as opposed to simply floating as head knowledge.

This practical tool can be used by anyone. The five steps are defined by the acronym S.W.O.R.D.

S – Scripture

“This life is just the introductory page to eternity,” Dr. Ted Roberts, host of the Conquer Series and author of the SWORD Drill tells us. “The character you develop in this short life here on earth you will live with in Heaven. In fact, you only take two things out of this world: character and relationships.”

Without the grace of God, Roberts says, it’s easy to mess up on both of those accounts!

Real change in an individual’s life only comes from the Word of God. This is why Scripture is so significant and we should be reading it every day.

The Word of God is what will impact our hearts, our character and how we relate to people, with real transformation that nothing else in this world can manage.

Make a daily commitment to spend time in the Word.

W – Wait

Sometimes we read Scripture only to feel empty inside, or not even absorb what we’ve read.

We’re so preoccupied with getting through the Bible – whether it be an annual plan or simply a book we’ve been instructed to read – that we fail to digest any of its transformative message.

What’s really required of us spiritually is to read Scripture meditatively; to be overpowered and challenged by the Word, allowing it to read and interpret us.

That’s right – the scripture reads us!

And since scripture is God breathed, it is infallible and anointed to help us no matter what we may be facing.

To access the power of the Word:

  1. First read the passage slowly, out loud, while on your knees. Really pay attention while you are reading to let the message penetrate.
  2. Read the passage again — this time asking yourself “where am I in this?”
  3. Read the passage for a third time, noting the most conspicuous words – the ones that seem to leap off the page and hold your attention.
  4. Look over those words and let your mind digest them.

By not simply rushing along to the next thing, by meditating upon the word, you will begin to understand and internalize the most prominent revelations from our Lord.

O – Observe

This is crucial. We need to observe and write down what emerges, clarifying our thought process.

Simply by writing something down, we engage a new area of the brain that complements the profound process of connecting with the Bible.

Have a seat and read the passage again, ready to note your observations.

R – Request the Holy Spirit

Request the Holy Spirit to help you see how all of this applies to your life.

Remember that we are not studying the Bible as if it were a textbook. You are asking for spiritual direction — and letting the Word read and lead you.

This supernatural process of communication will likely trigger a neurochemical cascade of information where our minds are being renewed via the Word of God reading us.

Ask the Holy Spirit to see how the passage of Scripture relates to your life… and wait for the answer.

D – Dedicate Yourself

This is about taking action on what God has revealed to you through His Word.

Subsequently, it’s about making a commitment of heart and will to act on the message that has been delivered to us.

Commit to an action plan based on what has been revealed to you by God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Continue Your Training

The SWORD drill tool and many more “tools to conquer” are available through the Conquer Series.

This 10-week cinematic series provides insights from top Christian leaders who lay out biblical strategies, scientific facts, and practical lessons on becoming more than a conqueror in Christ in the battle against sexual sin and pornography.


Used as a powerful small group curriculum, there are Conquer Groups running at thousands of churches around the world where you can find accountability in implementing these tools in your daily life.  And thanks to, digital streaming is now available, which makes it possible to also offer online groups.

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The Conquer Series is a powerful cinematic series which is helping over 1 million men conquer porn and walk in freedom.

Get started, and order the Conquer Series today.

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