I nonchalantly tossed out terms yesterday that may be unfamiliar. How can you apply if you don’t know how?
Here are some different methods of Bible study. Pick one and give it a shot.
The Three M method is simply this. First, meditate on a verse that seems to catch your eye, read it over and over in different versions (Biblegateway.com provides lots of options.) Write it out. Think about what it says to others, and to you. Memorize it. Place it into your heart and mind. Finally Mobilize yourself. What is God saying to me and how can I apply it to my life.
Perhaps you’d rather do a Precept Upon Precept study. Search out their web page for clear instructions. Distinguish repeated words by marking them the same way. I draw triangles over God (three in one!) and a cross on Christ, a cloud around holy spirit. Take note of words that are often repeated.3 rectangle around all the repeated words. Ask yourself questions like what does this mean, what does it say to me, what will I do about it?
But mostly friends they all start with read the passage. Yes! Read the passage. Don’t depend on what others say about your God. Find out for yourself. What does he say about tithing? Are you doing that? When I found myself unable to pay my bills, I already knew Malachi 3:10 and so I acted on it at once. This is observation, interpretation and application.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:10, NIV)
I don’t have any more money but somehow God makes what I have to be more than enough. But friends, I had to know that verse first. How can we expect God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives if we don’t know what he promises!
Prayer- Lord, give us the courage to face all the truths in your word and act on them in our own lives. Thank you, God, dear, unchangeable God. Amen.