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APPLYING GOD'S WORD TO OUR LIFE VERSES

Memorize:

Psalm 119:105 - "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Psalm 119:49-50 - "Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.  My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life."

Ephesians 6:10-17 - "Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,….Take….the word of the Spirit which is the word of God."

Jeremiah 15:16 - "When your words come, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty."

I Peter 3:15 - "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect,"

Meditate:

Christian Meditation - "Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God.  It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God.  Its purpose is to clear one's mental and spiritual visions of God, and to let His truth make its full and proper impact on one's mind and heart.  It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God's power and grace.  Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God's greatness and glory and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us - 'comfort' us in the old, strong, Bible sense of the word - as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ."   From KNOWING GOD by J.I. Packer (This is the type of meditation taught in the Bible)

Zen Meditation - "When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking.  Let it stop by itself.  If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out.  It will not stay long.  When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it.  Do not be bothered by anything.  It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they become calmer and calmer.  In five or ten minutes you mind will be completely serene and calm….If your mind is clear, true knowledge is already yours."  From Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki ((This is not the type of meditation taught in the Bible)

Colossians 3:16,17 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Ephesians 5:18-20 - "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Psalm 1:1-3 - "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers."

Psalm 63:5-7 - "My soul will be satisfied as with the riches of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.  Because you are me help, I sing in the shadow of your wings."

Psalm 119:97-100 - "Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long.  Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.  I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.  I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts."

Joshua 1:7-8 - "Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful."

WORLD OF "I"

Numbers 11:11-15 - "He asked the Lord, "Why have you brought this trouble on your servant?  What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?  Did I conceive all these people?  Did I give them birth?  Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms; as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers?  Where can I get meat for all these people?  They keep wailing to me, 'Give us meat to eat!'  I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.  If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now---if I have found favor in your eyes---and do not let me face my own ruin."

I Kings 19:14 - "He replied, 'I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty.  The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down you altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword.  I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.'"

Romans 7:15-24 - "I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…….For I have the desire to what is good, I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is the not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do---this I keep on doing…..What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?"

James 3:14-16 - But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, Do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

GOD'S WORLD

Joshua 1:7-8 - "Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful."

Romans 8:31-39 - What, then, shall we say in reponse to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?…Who will bring a charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemens?….Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,….nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

James 3:17,18 - "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."

APPLICATION: GETTING GOD'S WORD INTO OUR LIVES!

Matthew 7:24-27 - "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mind and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."