In the previous blog we went over the importance of learning scripture. Learning scripture isn’t only through memorization, in fact, if that’s all we did we wouldn’t learn. Learning scripture, truly, also comes from our effort to apply scripture.
Now, we can begin.
2. Application Of Scripture To Our Life
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
We are a new creation in Jesus Christ. We turn from our old ways through the washing and cleansing Jesus gives us through salvation. We cannot stay the same person we once were.
No, we continue to walk with Christ, and we continue to grow from His word. Scripture tells us what we need to give up, and what we need to work on.
Remember we are not alone.
We are preparing our heart for battle, and God equips us.
(NIV) Ephesians 6:13-17, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Take From The Word And Give To The World
Notice that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God?
God does not always rebuke and discipline, and He isn’t always full of wrath. His love is abundant. There are more scripture encouraging us to not be afraid, to forgive, to love, and to be glad, than there are of God’s anger. Multiple scriptures promising us of God’s care and protection.
Understanding God’s love helps us understand His jealousy, anger, and wrath. We must know the truth within our own souls and hearts. We cannot only hear the truth in sermons or see it on a page. We must apply ourselves.
(NIV) Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
We are meant to be light bearers. Helping others, and showing them what it really means to have a relationship with Christ. Always encouraging each other with the promise of God, and seeing the Lord in our own life. For He is Light.
(NIV) Matthew 5:14-16 “”You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Choose God And Follow Him
To read the word of God is to hear Him. To follow Him and His words is to know Him. This is why so many struggle. Ignorant Christians who focus on their own acts of righteousness, bragging about scripture, and misunderstanding God.
They do not know Him. All they know is what they believe to be right. And they want to be right in the eyes of men.
(NIV) Matthew 6:05, “”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
When focus is not on God, but for pure advancement in the eyes of men, we will not know God. We will misunderstand scripture even if we think we know what we are talking about.
Even if we think we know God.
(NIV) John 5:39-40, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”
(NLT) Mark 12:24, “Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
(NIV) Matthew 7:21-22, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?'”
It isn’t about us, and it isn’t about our accomplishments. If that is our focus when it comes to knowing God and reading His word, then we have become ignorant.
(NIV) Matthew 7:23, “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!'”
God Is Key To Bible Study
(NIV) Matthew 6:06, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Bible study is about one on one time with God. Understanding the greater scheme of His plan, which begins to unfold as we dive into more and more scripture. When our ears are opened to hear what He has to say. When our eyes see the reality within ourselves taking hold of being a new creation.
It isn’t about being perfect, or understanding everything at once. Christians need to always grow and learn. It’s a relationship, there is no stability if we do not give God our all. He is always watching. Always patient. Willing to guide.
Listen for Him. Look for Him. Understand Him.
~T. R. Noble
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