We are talking about getting into all of the Bible and this is part 6 of a 6-part blog. Once the Word of God is in your life you need to apply the Word of God to your life. As James said “Do not fool yourselves by just listening to the Word. Instead, put it into practice.” (James 1:22). Here are some helpful ideas to begin applying God’s Word to our lives:
Ask yourself what the verse or passage meant back then when it was written. Who wrote it? Who was it written to? Why was it written? What was the need at that time?
What is the underlying timeless principle in the verse? This is the exciting part. Don’t read a verse and think to yourself “I already know what it means”. Take your hands off the steering wheel and allow the Holy Spirit to highlight and bring a personal revelation to you. I am always amazed at how much more truth can come out of God’s Word when we take the time to be patient, to dig deeper than we think is first necessary.
Now that you have a timeless principle what does it mean today? How can we practice it today in our modern environment, cultures and busy lives?
Think about how the application of this timeless principle you’ve discovered in the Word of God can be applied to the following different relationships effecting your life:
Your relationship with God
Your relationship with yourself
Your relationship with other people around you
Make sure your application is practical and do-able (not unrealistic). Find some people you can be accountable to and talk and discuss how you have found applying the Word to your life. Encourage one another in this.