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God’s Word needs to be alive and active in you NOW. It needs to be acted upon and listened to and done NOW.

we need to STORE it in our hearts BEFORE we need it.  in times we face trials and tests and the Word is our SWORD and SHIELD – it is an offensive weapon and a defensive weapon.  it speaks hope, encouragement, strength, peace, love and joy to our hearts.  sometimes it keeps us sane and pressing forward as we face battles.  store the promises of God BEFORE we need them – know the Word BEFORE we need to know it!

 

So how do we have God’s Word LOUD within usas the dominant voice:

 

1. Read it

So be strong and brave! Be careful to do everything my servant Moses taught you. Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says. If you obey it completely, you and Israel will be able to take this land. Joshua 1:6-8

Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 2 Timothy 3:16

2. Let the Holy Spirit teach you and speak to you

However, as it is written:  “No eye has seen,  no ear has heard,  no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11

But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. John 14:26

This takes TIME and practice… its like learning a friends voice over the phone or working out how your husband and wife really think and feel about things or being able to recognize what the baby wants by its cry… it takes time, its relational, it’s a learning process…. It wont happen over night but it will happen. God is in the business of teaching us how to hear His voice. He doesn’t throw us in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and say SWIM – it’s a day by day process and if we’re willing to hear and learn it goes well!

 

3. Do it. Obey it. Live it…

Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. James 1:22-25

Simple eh.

Read it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Do it.

 

 

 

Smith Wigglesworth puts it like this:

“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.”

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“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.” Smith Wigglesworth

 

 

STARTING

Before you get started, think through the following:

  • When will you read? Do you have a consistent time?
  • Where will you read? Do you have a consistent place?
  • What will you read? Do you have a plan?
  • What do you need? Do you have a Bible, journal, pen and highlighter?

 

PRAYER

You should always approach the Scriptures in a posture of prayerful humility and longing. Ask God to:

  • Incline you entirely to His Word.
  • Open your eyes to see the beautiful wonders of Christ and the glories of the gospel.
  • Unite your heart to fear His name, knowing that your desires are ever divided.
  • Satisfy you with His steadfast and unfailing love.

 

READING

The first step of study is to simply read the passage a few times to get an idea of the content, context and flow. Highlight particular sections that stand out so that you can come back to them later.

 

OBSERVATION

What do you see?

Observation lays the groundwork for all subsequent study. Cutting corners in this step can cause the entire process to unravel.

What are you observing? Everything. Your goal is not to determine what is and is not significant. Everything is significant. Observation is kind of like panning for gold. Your goal is to dig up as much as possible and allow the later processes to sift the gold.

  1. Mark up the passage. Don’t be afraid to write in your Bible. Circle, underline and highlight. Write in the margins. Get creative.
  2. List 2-3 overarching themes you see in the passage.
  3. List at least two observations per verse. The more the merrier.
  4. Write down questions to think through in the step of interpretation.

 

INTERPRETATION

What does it mean?

Your observations will most likely lead to interesting and challenging questions about the text. The step of interpretation allows you to sift through the various observations in order to provide answers.

Who is…

…the author?
…the audience?
…being discussed?
…accomplishing the action?

Where is…

…the author?
…the audience?
…the action taking place?

What is the…

…meaning of this word?
…significance of this phrase?
…implication of this statement?
…overarching theme?

Why did the author…

…choose this word?
…include this phrase?
…use this command?
…connect these ideas?
…not say ____?

 

  1. Consider the context.
  2. Compare multiple translations (ESV, NASB, NIV, HCSB).
  3. Look up key words.
  4. Check out cross-references to see how this passage relates to others.
  5. When stumped, list out all the various options and pros and cons of each. After due consideration, use supplemental resources such as the ESV Study Bible or commentaries for helpful insights and background information.
  6. Don’t stop until you have considered how this passage fits into the overarching redemptive plan of God – the gospel. How does this passage relate to the person and work of Christ?
  7. Make sure to discuss insights and questions with your spouse and gospel-centered community.

 

APPLICATION

What do I do with it?

Bible study is incomplete until you have thought through how to apply the particular passage to your life. Some passages will be more readily applicable than others, but all Scripture is useful and helpful (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

  • List out a number of potential applications. To get started, here are a few questions to consider:
    • Is there an example for you to follow?
    • Is there a sin to repent of and/or avoid?
    • Is there a promise to trust?
    • Is there a prayer to repeat?
    • Is there a command to obey?
    • Is there a condition to meet?
    • Is there a verse to memorize?
    • Is there an erroneous view exposed?
    • What else is the Lord pressing upon you?
  • Choose one or two particular applications and prayerfully consider how you might pursue greater faithfulness in them. Be specific about what you will do (or not do) and whom you will ask (in addition to the Lord) to help you.

 

 

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NewSpring Church The first step away from God is usually a small one. #AngelsDemons

 

Wigglesworth Quotes Do not think back, look back or act back.

 

Jim Elliot Beware, my soul, of idols.

 

Timothy KellerThe sin that is killing you the most right now is the one you are most defensive about or just completely unaware of.

 

PJ SmythSatan never plays fair. He will catch you in your weakest area when you are at your most vulnerable. Stay alert.

 

Ben ReedWhat’s the largest gap in the world? The one between knowing the right thing & doing it. (Re: James 4:17)

 

Casey TreatA faith walk is made up of many steps and every step requires a decision. #renewalthought

 

misty edwards"I’m right here, I’m right where you left Me. All this time, patiently waiting. Not hard to find, I’m right where you left Me."

 

Jud Wilhite  The only shame you continue to carry now is the shame you choose to keep carrying. #pursuedbook

 

Mike GriffithsWe have been set free from the expectations of a sinful world.

 

Brian Houston Every time God speaks He has something critical to say! Have an ear to hear what the Spirit says. #divineguidance

 

The River Church NZ Come Holy Spirit! We love Your presence God!

 

Tullian Tchividjian You will endure as you increasingly realize that God’s love for you has nothing to do with your endurance but Christ’s endurance for you.

 

Byron Paulus"The kingdom of heaven doesn’t belong to the sleepers and the lazy, ‘but the violent take it by force’." Clement of Alexandria

 

Tim Keller Wisdom "Christians are called to be an alternative city within every earthly city."

 

jesuscultureBe a beacon of hope wherever you go!

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God’s Word needs to be alive and active in you NOW. It needs to be acted upon and listened to and done NOW.

we need to STORE it in our hearts BEFORE we need it.  in times we face trials and tests and the Word is our SWORD and SHIELD – it is an offensive weapon and a defensive weapon.  it speaks hope, encouragement, strength, peace, love and joy to our hearts.  sometimes it keeps us sane and pressing forward as we face battles.  store the promises of God BEFORE we need them – know the Word BEFORE we need to know it!

So how do we have God’s Word LOUD within us as the dominant voice:

1. Read it

So be strong and brave! Be careful to do everything my servant Moses taught you. Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says. If you obey it completely, you and Israel will be able to take this land. Joshua 1:6-8

Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 2 Timothy 3:16

 

2. Let the Holy Spirit teach you and speak to you

However, as it is written:  "No eye has seen,  no ear has heard,  no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11

But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. John 14:26

This takes TIME and practice… its like learning a friends voice over the phone or working out how your husband and wife really think and feel about things or being able to recognize what the baby wants by its cry… it takes time, its relational, it’s a learning process…. It wont happen over night but it will happen. God is in the business of teaching us how to hear His voice. He doesn’t throw us in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and say SWIM – it’s a day by day process and if we’re willing to hear and learn it goes well!

3. Do it. Obey it. Live it…

Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. James 1:22-25

Simple eh.

Read it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Do it.

Smith Wigglesworth puts it like this:

“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.” Smith Wigglesworth

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"It is severely unattainable to underestimate the power of being filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Smith Wigglesworth

 

 

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God’s Word needs to be alive and active in you NOW. It needs to be acted upon and listened to and done NOW.

So how do we have God’s Word LOUD within us as the dominant voice:

Read it

So be strong and brave! Be careful to do everything my servant Moses taught you. Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says. If you obey it completely, you and Israel will be able to take this land. Joshua 1:6-8

Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 2 Timothy 3:16

 

Let the Holy Spirit teach you and speak to you.

However, as it is written: 
"No eye has seen, 
no ear has heard, 
no mind has conceived

what God has prepared for those who love him"—

10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11

This takes TIME and practice… its like learning a friends voice over the phone or working out how your husband and wife really think and feel about things or being able to recognize what the baby wants by its cry… it takes time, its relational, it’s a learning process…. It wont happen over night but it will happen. God is in the business of teaching us how to hear His voice. He doesn’t throw us in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and say SWIM – it’s a day by day process and if we’re willing to hear and learn it goes well!

But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. John 14:26 The Holy Spirit teaches us!

Do it. Obey it. Live it…

Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. 23If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror 24and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. 25But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. James 1:22-25

 

 

Simple eh.

Read it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Do it.

 

 

Smith Wigglesworth puts it like this:

“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.” Smith Wigglesworth

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“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.”

Smith Wigglesworth

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.
Smith Wigglesworth

you have a testimony!  you have a story!  you have a story of faith!  even if you are IN the great fight and IN the great test and IN the great trial you have a testimony of who God is and how he is working in your life.  Testimonies are not just victory stories post the fight or when we get over the mountain – t hey are the declarations of faith we make as we are in battle and as we are climbing to the summit.

your testimony is your declaration that God makes springs to flow in the desert.  your testimony is i was blind but i will see!  that God is my healer.  that by Christ we can do all things and that in him is the victory.

in hebrews we read about those that overcame and by faith made decisions and won the day… and we read about those that held onto the promise that God is our deliverer and the Almighty God even in the midst of their great persecution and sorrows.

our testimony is that we continue to have faith.

dont give up.

God doesnt give up on us.

he will not quit until he sees his purposes and plans unfolded and fulfilled in our life.  and that includes our transformation into the character and likeness of his son Jesus Christ.

have faith.  keep taking one step at a time.  you have a testimony!

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.
             Smith Wigglesworth

 

There is a fine line when talking about testing and trials in some christian groups.  Some want to point the blame for all hard times and bad hair days solely at God.  Others give all credit to the devil.  Others discount any spiritual activity and think that life is just life.

 

Some think that to attribute suffering to God is to deny his goodness and greatness.

 

Others will say it makes God plain cruel and sadistic.

 

My own experience is that God is great and good and almighty and knows all and sees all.

 

Which means he also sees the hidden intention of my heart and the sin that seeks to overcome me.  He sees my wounds and my pain and my fears and my doubts. 

 

He has called me to love him, know him, serve him, call him father.

 

And as a father he desires my best and his best. 

 

There is a greater plan for my life than for me to just exist and breathe.

 

Life is more than breathing.

 

And in the spirit of that i believe that our trials and testings are sometimes gifts from God to transform us and shape us and draw us closer to him and to learn more about him and his ways and to grow more mature and more christlike.

 

Its called refinement.  As gold is refined in the fire so we are refined in the fire of life.  Sometimes life just happens.  Sometimes the devil comes with his firey darts to shake us.  Sometimes God refines us.  With in the fire and the flood Jesus is with us.  We are never alone or forsaken and we are never tested beyond what we can endure.  And God is with us.

 

There is a purpose and a plan.  Sometimes it does good to remember that and to take all the good and the bad and the ugly and to live it to the maximum taking full advantage of what God may be saying in that time….

 

In the hard times hold onto the promises and light of God.  Go to Him who gives us rest and calls us to draw near and cast our cares upon him.  Sometimes i think the hard times are harder because we are not doing that.  We are trying to walk alone in the fire and flood instead of relying upon God who gives us peace and renews our strength.  We forget we are spiritual creatures and children of God.  We forget God is our refuge and that we hide in him.  We forget to learn.

 

Its not so much about giving credit where credit is due but in all things giving glory to God who is able to work all things in our lives for his glory and purpose.  He sees all and knows all and only on the other side of eternity may we understand the road we have walked on and the greater purpose of our trials and testing.

 

Again, rest in God, cast your cares upon him, find your peace in him.  He is with you.

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.
             Smith Wigglesworth

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