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Saturday/Sunday: March 2, 2019

Time in God's Word

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Every culture has a style of sword and a technique for its use. They are made to be used and mastered. The sword is mentioned over 300 times in the Word of God. The word of God also calls itself a sword (Ephesians 6:17), and it even says it is sharper than a two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12).

The idea that you can master the sword of God’s Word has to do more with commitment than it does with academics. One verse in a Spirit-led moment can impact your life as much as walking through an overview of the Old Testament. When you sit down to read, walk through the steps below. It may seem a bit mechanical at first, but the more you interact, the more comfortable you will be, and it will become natural to approach the Bible in this way.

Preparation – Essential to quality time in the Word of God is how you approach it. Before you pick it up, pray. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. The Holy Spirit is the one that paves the way, so ask Him to guide you. 

Observation – This is the who, what, when, where of the Bible. Who is speaking and to whom? What is the context of the passage, or, what does it say before and after the place you’re reading.

Meditation – This is a time of contemplation, not the removal of all thoughts from our head. Chew on what you just read. If it is unclear, don’t go on. Hang with the thought. What is God is trying to get across? If it has you bogged down, pray, and seek some counsel.

Transformation While you read the Bible to get to know God, you’re not just gaining information, He will use it to transform your life.

Application – Knowledge should always lead to movement. The Bible calls this wisdom, which is putting what we believe into action.

Challenge: Read John 3:1-15 and be intentional with the steps you just read.

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