- Memorize Scripture
- Meditate Scripture
- Apply Scripture
I would include Study Scripture as part of the Meditate section. Here’s my challenge to you: Look up the word “purpose” in the back of your Bible. Choose a Scripture to read. For instance Isaiah 55:11, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Now study the verse of choice. Break the verse apart. The first thing I notice is that this verse begins in the middle of a sentence. So, I need to look at verse 10. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,”
As you study ask yourself some questions.
- Who is writing this verse?
- To whom are they writing?
- What is the verse saying?
- When was it written and what was going on during this time?
- Why is it being said?
- What does it mean?
- How does this apply to my life?
We must apply the scripture we study in order to have it transform our lives. However, be careful to study first then apply.
Medititate on the scripture you choose. Think on it – word by word, phrase by phrase. Memorize it. Write it on an index card and go for it.
Now, how do you need to apply the truth of the verse to your life. Is there a command you need to obey? Is there knowledge you need to capture? Is there something you need to change in life?
As you study the verse on purpose ask God to reveal your purpose to you. Ask for eyes to see and ears to hear. Studying Scripture is a wonderful way to allow the Spirit of God to speak to you.