40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 12 – Bible Study


Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)


I hope you had the opportunity to reflect on Sam’s challenge with Bible Study yesterday.  Sincere thanks to those who shared their thoughts. As a reminder, you are being asked to play the part of Libby and share your thoughts on the challenges people encounter whey they try to practise the Spiritual Disciplines.  Today we have a letter from Sarah related to Bible Study.  Please share your thoughts and check the comments throughout the day to see what others are saying to Sarah.


Dear Libby,

I occasionally find the time for Bible study but while I benefit from increased knowledge, I am not good with application.  I heard someone quoting a verse that said I should not just be a hearer of the word but a doer.  Do you have any practical advice on how I can make my Bible Study more about application and not just knowledge?  I don’t want to relate to the Bible as just a book with good stories and sayings.  How can I increase its impact on my daily life?

In search of more than theory,



Today’s Question:

What thoughts would you like to share with Sarah?

7 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 12 – Bible Study

  1. Sarah, I start my day in God’s word. However, I’ve realized that I can’t just “read, pray, go” or I’ll forget what I read once the hustle and bustle of life takes over. When I take the time to meditate on what I’ve read and make a conscious effort of thinking about how it applies to my life, I realize that the application comes naturally.
    It is a wonderful feeling when God’s word that you started the day with, brings you comfort and peace when you apply it throughout your day.
    Sarah, the next time, and every time after reading the word of God, be sure to close your eyes, think about what you read, think about how you can apply it to your daily life, and prayerfully ask God to help you to keep His word in your heart so applying it becomes natural.

  2. Sarah, I find that using sticky notes helps as reminders of what I want to accomplish. Eg. I leave them on my bathroom mirror, refrigerator, dashboard in my car, and even on the back of my phone. Be accountable to one person who might be having the same issue, and ballpark ideas. Arm yourself with a verse that you can use for strength eg. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Work on applying one discipline for a few days.

  3. Dear Sarah,

    Your desire to apply biblical teachings to your day to day life indicates you have what is needed for your spiritual growth. To obtain the power to live out the Word, the most practical thing to do is pray – ask GOD for what you are seeking – HE will surely give it to you. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask GOD, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5 NIV)

    God’s Holy Spirit (the Helper) has been given to Christians to illuminate and interpret scripture and to facilitate our spiritual growth. Beloved, do not try too hard to apply the Word – trying too hard often results in application of the letter of the Word and not the spirit of the Word. Striving in our own strength results in much frustration , unhappiness and disappointment in the life of the Christian. We are unable to understand scripture with our intellect alone for the Bible is a spiritual book and the power of the Spirit is needed to apply its teachings consistently. Relax beloved, let go and let GOD – He has promised to lead His children in the way – as a father guides his children – so too our Heavenly Father guides us day by day – as you pray, trust and obey, He will give you ever increasing strength, wisdom and understanding through HIS Holy Spirit.

    And when you are in the Word – read it thoughtfully, in a quiet place, reflect on what the passages reveal to you about your yourself and God’s character and His promises to His children. I trust and pray that you will let the Holy Spirit be your guide.

  4. Dear Sarah
    The verse you heard being quoted is James 1:22, ‘ Do not merely listen to the Word & so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Please read through to verse 25 which provides clarity on the importance of being a doer of the Word.
    God’s word need to take root & bear fruit. Our actions need to reflect & to glorify God.
    Try writing down an action which you can implement after each Bible study.

    Before each Bible study pray & ask God to give you a clear understanding. Prayer & Bible study are inextricably linked.
    In addition, it would be useful to memorize scripture. This will allow you to meditate on what you have read for a deeper understanding & keeping top of mind the action or actions you have committed to do.

    It’s great that you want to apply God’s word and just not to have knowledge. Try to have a regular time & place for prayer & Bible study, so that’s it’s an integral part of each day.

    I will end with Psalm 119: 105 KJV ‘ Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’.


  5. Dear Sarah,

    In addition to the wonderful suggestions already provided (prayer, meditating, writing things down, being attentive to the Spirit), I will add another tool that has helped me tremendously – memorization. One of the blessings I am very thankful for is that I memorized verses when I was younger. Verses will sometimes come back to me when I least expect it but when I need to apply it. For example, a passage from the Book of Psalms just came back to me: “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11). I realize that memorization won’t work for all but if you can do it there are potential benefits to application.


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