Are you ready for the most exciting—and challenging—part of Bible study?
It’s called biblical application. God cannot apply His truths to our lives unless we have joined Him in conversation and really listened to Him through Biblical reading and thinking.
Biblical application happens like this:
God uses the biblical ideas He’s shown you to either confirm, or challenge, your current thoughts and life practices. You may also find that old ideas re-surface. This is all part of being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Our characters are determined by the thoughts and ideas we have collected over the years. Some are God’s and some are the world’s. But which is which? When we systematically read Scripture in context, God’s ideas and thoughts become clear. As they do, God gently applies them to our thoughts and ideas, compelling us to decide. Will we stay with our pre-conceived ideas? Or adopt God’s thoughts and line our lives up with them?
The choice is ours. God never forces us to choose His thoughts and ways. But I assure you, there is no better choice to make.
Dear Father, I pray that you would bless my friend in their Bible study. Help them to understand Your truths and be willing to change in the ways You have shown them. Thank you for working the transformation in them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As you read the Bible, ask God to confirm or challenge your thoughts. Write down the things He shows you and prayerfully surrender them to God. Then make a plan to follow through on the things God has shown you.