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APPLYING GOD'S WORD TO OUR LIFE

     II Timothy 3:16,17 - "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."  II Timothy 2:15 - "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the world of truth."  James 1:25 - "But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does."
     In loving obedience to Jesus as the personal Lord of our lives, we need to seek out a plan that ensures that we regularly get into God's Word and where God's Word regularly gets into us!

A PLAN FOR GETTING INTO GOD'S WORD!
WHAT SHOULD YOU READ/STUDY?  Select a Bible reading and studying plan:
     Suggestions: (1) Read through the Bible in a year (many plans are                    available).  (2) Choose a small book and read it through each day for a     month.  (3) Memorize a section of Scripture (memorize a little each day).  (4)     Read a chapter of the Bible over and over again each day for a week.  (5)     Slowly read through a larger book in the Bible.  (6) Read one chapter in     Proverbs a day for a month and then read it again the following month (There     are 31 chapters in Proverbs, just as there are 31 days in most months).  (7)     Read 5 Psalms a day (This will take you through the Psalms in a month.)……..
WHAT METHOD SHOULD YOU USE?
    Suggestions:  (1) Outline the flow of thought in a book.  (2) Use a DIGGING     FOR GOLD Bible Study.  (3) Read and ask questions: Who? What? When?     Where? How? Why?  (4) Write observations in a journal - new insights? what     speaks to a personal issue in your life?….  (5) Look up cross-references.  (6)     Read first and then look up 1 or 2 commentaries on what you read.  (7) Come     up with a personal project.  For example - What does the Bible have to say     on a certain subject? (You can use a Topical Bible or book on the subject.)…..
WHAT CAN MOTIVATE YOU?
    Christianity is not primarily a lifestyle, a service, a discipline, a program, or a     strategy.  It is primarily a personal love relationship with God through Jesus     Christ.  Bible study and application to our lives will only be truly heartfelt and     wholehearted when it is done out of love for God; and when we are truly     getting to know God and His ways.
WHEN AND WHERE?
    Choose a regular place and time to spend regular time in God's Word.      Choose a time and place where you will not be disturbed.  "Jesus went as      usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.  On reaching the     place, he said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation." (Luke     24:39,40)  "and each evening he went out to spend the night on he hill     called the Mount of Olives." (Luke 21:37)  "Very early in the morning, while it     was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place."     (Mark 1:35)  "Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were     with him, he asked them, "Who do the people say I am? (Luke 9:18)
A PLAN FOR GETTING GOD'S WORD INTO YOU!  Three key words: memorize, meditate, and apply.
MEMORIZE: Getting God's Word into our minds!
    Because we do not always have our Bible with us, memorizing God's Word     makes it possible for us to always have God's Word with us.  Having God's     Word in our minds will help us in the following ways:
    1) God's memorized Word will help us make wise decisions (Ps 119:105)
    2) God's memorized Word will help us resist temptations (Ps 119:11)
    3) God's memorized Word will give us God's strength in our troubles
        (Ps 119:49,50)
    4) God's memorized Word will protect us from Satan's attacks (Eph 6:10-17)
    5) God's memorized Word will give us God's joy (Jer 15:16)
    6) God's memorized Word will enable us to witness to non-believers
        (I Pet 3:15)
MEDITATE: Getting God's Word into our hearts!

            WORLD OF "I"                                                     GOD'S WORLD
discouragement (Num 11:11-15; I Kings 19:14)     courage (Josh 1:7,8)    
slavery (Rom 7)                                                freedom (Rom 8)
despair (Ps 77:1-9)                                           hope (Ps 77:10-20)
our wisdom (James 3:14-16)                              God's wisdom (James 3:17,18)

APPLICATION: Getting God's Word into our lives!
    We are to be not only hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word.  How can     God's Word become part of our lives?  When we are like the wise builders in     Matthew 7:24-27, we will seek to put God's Word into practice.  As we read     God's Word we will ask, "how can I put what I am hearing or reading into     practice in my life?"  Is there a truth I am to believe?  Is there an attitude I     need to change?  Are there actions to take or to avoid?  Are there principles     to apply to my life?  Are there sins to confess and forsake?  Is there an     example to follow or not to follow?  Is there a promise to claim?  Is there a     challenge I should respond to?

RESOURCES: METHODICAL BIBLE STUDY by Traina (Asbury Theological Sem.)

ASSIGNMENT:
1. Pick a time when you can regularly spend time with God, reading His Word.
2. Read Psalm 77 - Choose a verse to memorize.  Jot down what you observe about the Psalm.  Meditate on what it means and means to you.  Seek one part of it that you can apply to your life.