The Most Important Part of Your Bible Study

By September 2, 2013God, Motivation

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.

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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?

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9 Comments

  • Lisa notes says:

    Yes! This is so good, Katie. Being in the presence of the Lord is meant to change us, not just inform us. Thanks for writing this.

  • shel25 says:

    I have been challenged to not only encourage others and pray for them but to also give thanks for them. It seems like Paul never ceases to thank God for them as well as remember them.

    • Didn’t Paul give us a great example? I love that. And that he TOLD them those things. Sometimes all we need is a little encouraging word from a fellow believer to help us press on! I’m challenged to share words of love and gratitude with others this week!

  • Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    Amazing insight reading Ephesians this time around. In the part about being adopted into God’s family, it hit me that when we’re witnessing to those God put around us, and as the Lord woos their heart unto Him, and we reflect Him, and by faith we know they will come to Him, we are to treat them as ones adopted also into our family of God, showing them love. My children and I have been practicing this with a visiting neighbor gal.

    • That’s a great point, Elizabeth! Every person around us is a potential brother or sister, and we should love them as such. That truly is challenging, because I know I don’t do that as well as I could. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Sabrina says:

    Exactly, Katie! I may be biased (since you’re leading my #hellomornings group this fall!), but this is a great reminder as we start this fall session. We’re told over and over again through Scripture that reading it is not enough; we must put what we’ve read into practice. I, too, want my life to be changed for the better. I’m praying that all of us will be “doers of the Word, and not hearers only”.

  • Beth says:

    I’m late to check in but yes…this is my prayer too, “that God will transform us as we read, study, and learn to apply His word.” This study continued to be a blessing. thank you.

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