The 5 R’s

Devotionals – Digging Deeper

 

1. Remember to prepare and pray.

Set aside a specific time daily. Select the passage. Gather your tools. Go to a quiet place by yourself. Talk to God and ask for his help each step of the way.

2. Read his truth.

Read the passage slowly. Reread until you grasp the passage. Jot down key words, phrases, or verses that speak to your heart, address an area of your life, or highlight God’s attributes. Look up the meaning of key words to gain clarity.

3. Reflect on his message.

Meditate on what the passage says. Jot down answers to the following questions:

  • What does the passage teach about God’s character, attributes, and values? What can I expect from God?
  • What does the passage teach about people, myself, and others? What does God expect of his people?
  • What is the main truth of the passage?
  • Using a complete sentence, write down a principle or two you find that helps you to trust His promises.

4. Respond to his word.

Write how you plan to apply and put into practice what the passage has taught you. Include a short prayer. To guide you, consider answers to the following questions:

  • Where in my life can God’s attributes positively impact me and my interactions with others?
  • How can I live a more godly life?
  • In what ways can I submit my will to his?
  • What steps can I take to change my attitudes or actions?
  • How can I praise God for who he really is?

5. Rest in his presence

Don’t jump up. Just be with God, allowing his words to settle and take root in you.
  • God has  comforted  –  affirmed   –   challenged  me today. (circle one)

 

Life Application

From the Life Application Study Bible

The best way to define application is to first determine what it is not. Application is not just accumulating knowledge. This helps us discover and understand facts and concepts, but it stops there. History is filled with philosophers who knew what the bible said, but failed to apply it to their lives, keeping them from believing and changing. Many think that understanding is the end goal of bible study, but it is really only the beginning.

Application is not just illustration. Illustration only tells us how someone else handled a similar situation. While we may empathize with that person, we still have little direction for our personal situation.

Application is not just making a passage “relevant.” Making the bible relevant only helps us to see that the same lessons that were true in bible times are true today; it does not show us how to apply them to the problems and pressures of our individual lives.

What, then, is application? Application begins by knowing and understanding God’s word and its timeless truths. But you cannot stop there. If you do, God’s word may not change your life, and it may become dull, difficult, tedious, and tiring. A good application focuses the truth of God’s word, shows the reader what to do about what is being read, and motivates the reader to respond to what God is teaching. All three are essential to application.

Application is putting into practice what we already know (Mark 2:24, Hebrews 5:14) and answering the question, “so what?” by confronting us with the right questions and motivating us to take action (1 John 2:5,6, James 2:17). Application is deeply personal – unique for each individual. It is making a relevant truth a personal truth, and involves developing a strategy and action plan to live your life in harmony with the bible. It’s the biblical “how to” of life.