Studying God’s Word: A Command For Success Pt. 2

Editors Note: Richard wrote in his Part One Blog on Friday about the WHY we should study the Bible. This Part TWO blog is HOW we should apply what we learned to our lives. 

The passage that God has told me to share with you is located in the book of Joshua chapter 1, verses 7-9. First, let me give you some context (Remember, context is king!).Moses,Israel’s great leader, has died leaving Joshua in command over all the people. Joshua’s task: leadingIsraelto take possession of a land already occupied by a multitude ofIsrael’s enemies. Sounds like a pretty formidable task to me! I am sure Joshua was getting pretty nervous about it. But then God shows up and tells Joshua that he will be victorious and give the people the Land. Let’s see what God says about how His Word relates to this victory.

“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” NASB

How to Apply this:

Meditate:

 This is the answer God gives us in Joshua. The Hebrew word for “meditate” gives the idea that you think about something so much that you can speak it forth. Let the Word consume your thought life. What better thing is there to think about? Practically, study the Bible in such a way that afterwards you will be able to teach it to someone else. This will assure that you did not just skim over the Words of life, but own them and are ready to impart this life to others. (2 Timothy 2:2).

Pray:

You can study all you want, but if you do not ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s wisdom for you, then you will be studying just as an unbeliever would. (1 Cor 2). Prayer is also the beginning of application. Before, during, and after you study ask God to present you with situations that will help you apply what you learned (Caution: this can be risky and uncomfortable but so worth it.). He is talking to you through His Word, be sure to answer back!

Structure:

God gave Joshua a plan for studying the Word: “day and night.” Trust me, if you do not have a set time to study the Word, you will most likely not do it as often as you need to. Set a time. It is a priority! I realize that this looks different for different individuals but please do yourself a favor and come up with a plan of action. I heavily recommend using Precept’s NISS series for daily study. The daily homework only takes about 15 minutes to complete and what you can gain from that 15 minutes is absolutely amazing!

 

God knows what is good for you brother or sister. That is why He commands you to study His Word. If you obey this command, He promises to be with you and make you prosper in what He has called you to do. If you don’t believe me just read the rest of Joshua!

For Studies on Joshua and how to apply it to life: Click here

If you happen to know Richard you know that he lives with purpose! Richard has been around the Precept Ministries for years and has most recently served as one of our summer interns. Richard attends Lee University and hopes to someday be a college professor.

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