by Katie Johnson
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. – Oswald Chambers
We’re a little more than two weeks into our fall HelloMornings session, and many of us are studying the book of Ephesians using Katie and Lara’s Glorious Grace study. For those who have been participating in HelloMornings for some time, the inductive study method outlined in Glorious Grace is familiar. However, for some, this may be the first time you have studied the Bible in this way. If it is, my hope is that reading with an eye for truths, promises and commands is opening your eyes to His word in a whole new way!
Before I discovered this method, I really thought someone had to hand-feed me the Bible in order to have any grasp or understanding of what I was reading. What a misunderstanding I had! What a joy to discover that the Holy Spirit in me would illuminate and explain much of what I read, if only I asked Him.
Additionally, the repetition of studying one passage all week, and then looking for specific truths, promises and commands, has made me slow down and really see what God’s word has to say to me. I would make a case, however, that the fifth day of study, the application day, is the most critical part of this study method, and here’s why.
Knowledge is good. Understanding is good. But we were not meant to become Bible scholars, full of details, facts and figures, unless we can also take those things and apply them to our daily walk with the Lord. God’s word should change us. His word is practical! He means for us to take what we have read and be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We should walk away from our quiet time being challenged to do something with what we have read.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 NIV)
In the book of James, God cautions us against becoming mere hearers of the word. If all we do is read our passage with an eye for truths, promises and commands, but walk away no different, then our study time will be sterile and fruitless. We will be like a woman who looked at herself in a mirror, then walked away and forgot what she looked like (James 1:23-24).
Ladies, I am so challenged and convicted by this truth! I don’t want to walk away from my time in the Word and be unchanged! So my prayer for all of us as we continue through this challenge is that God will transform us as we read, study, and learn to apply His word.
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it — not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it — they will be blessed in what they do. – James 1:25 NIV
May we be blessed as we do what we have heard!
How has God challenged you to apply what you have studied in the past two weeks?