April 30, 2018

6 Steps to Studying God’s Word (plus a Giveaway)

I’ll never forget the first time someone taught me how to read God’s Word. Not just read it and move on, but read it and really hear God speak to me. It transformed how I read God’s Word. Not all in one day, of course, but over time. I thought I’d share that process with you today.

Let’s use Psalm 62:5-8 for our reading today:

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge (NLT).

Step One

PRAY and invite God into your time with Him … to open the eyes of your heart to receive what He wants to teach YOU as you open His living and active Word.

Step Two

READ the passage. Read it through a few times.

Step Three

LIST the facts … not details, not your thoughts … just the facts. Who is speaking? What is the subject? Where does the scene take place? When did it happen? Who are the characters? What is the author saying? Try not to paraphrase. Use actual words from the passage itself.

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

David is the author.

The subject is the character of God.

Wait quietly before God.

Our hope is in God.

God is our rock. Our salvation.

Victory and honor come from God.

God is our refuge. Our rock.

Pour out our hearts to God.

***This is an example. Your list may not look like mine, and that’s okay.

Step Four

ASK what the verse/passage means. Go back to your facts and look for the spiritual lesson or principle the author conveys through the facts. There may be more than one. It’s more of a general lesson, not necessarily a personal application for you (that comes next). Is there a command to obey? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow or not to follow? What do the facts reveal about God’s people? About God’s character? About the culture? About Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

We need to be still before God and listen and wait.

We find hope in God’s many magnificent names. Rock. Salvation. Fortress. Refuge.

Because of God’s character, we will not be shaken. He is our safe place and protects us from the enemy.

Victory is found in God and God alone.

God wants us to pray and trust Him with our circumstances … fears, trials, doubts, worries.

***Again, this is my example. You may find other spiritual lessons. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.

Step Five

ASK what the verse/passage mean to you personally. Return to step three, take your statements and turn them into questions. What you hear may be for you or for a friend or family member. Sit with your questions and invite God to speak into your heart what HE has for you?

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

Do I take time to be still before God? If not, why not?

Where do I turn when I’m weary, overwhelmed, fearful?

Do I let my circumstances shake me to the core, or do I turn to and trust in God?

Where do I place my hope?

Do I know the names of God and what they mean?

Do I entrust God with my heart and my fears, trials and concerns? If not, to whom do I go and does that work for me?

Step Six

RESPOND to what you hear from God. You may not always have a response. Sometimes God is deepening your walk with Him by teaching you more about His character, His people, His history. There may not be a personal action step. But, oftentimes, God will have a personal response for you. He will invite you to take an action step. To put into practice what you have learned.

Application step for Psalm 62:5-8:

If you don’t hear anything, but you sense God is at work, write a prayer. Below is a combination of ways you can incorporate this passage into a prayer.

Heavenly Father, I know You are speaking to my heart, but I’m not quite clear on what You want me to do. Give me ears to hear and a heart to respond. Help me to be still more. Teach me more of Your names, what they teach me about You, and what they mean for me. I am overwhelmed, Lord, but I don’t want to be. I want to trust You more. Teach me how to do that. Direct my steps. My circumstances have me on unsteady ground. I’m afraid of the future. Lord, come to me. Settle me. Set my feet upon YOU, MY ROCK and my FORTRESS. Protect me from my enemy.”

And, if you hear God speaking directly into your circumstances, record the verse, date it and journal what you hear. Ask God to give you the courage to take the steps He is asking you to take or to have the faith to believe what He has told you.

Sweet friend, I pray this has been helpful.

GIVEAWAY – now closed – congrats Katria!

Since we studied several of God’s names today, I thought it would be fun to give away a copy of “I Know His Name,” my Bible study book that studies the names of God. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts on what you learned today. We’ll choose one winner from the comments (U.S. addresses only please).

And, if you have other ways to study God’s Word, please share. We would love to hear your thoughts!

If you are reading this in email, click here to comment on the blog.

P.S. Last week’s winner of the Enough bracelet from Sharon Jaynes is Joyce S.

Blessings to you,

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August 23, 2017

Win a Call from Me to Your Bible Study Group!

Exciting News!

Christianbook.com (CBD), a leading retailer of Christian products, is holding a drawing, and your small group could win a phone call from me. I encourage you to enter. I LOVE to connect with women who devote their time to reading and studying God’s Word. And since you’re here, I know that’s you! On the call, I’d love to answer your Bible study questions, share about my Bible studies, and pray for your group!

Enter here through September 6, 2017. No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person. U.S. Residents only. One winner will be chosen at random by CBD on September 7, 2017 and contacted through email.

If you’re looking for a Bible study for your fall session, I hope you’ll consider I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God. I wrote this study for any woman who wants to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way. You’ll learn how the very names of God reveal His character and heart. You can download a free sample of I Know His Name here.

Plus my newest study, I Am Loved: Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love, is available for preorder and releases in December. I wrote this Bible study on 1 John for every woman who craves to truly understand, walk confidently in, and live out God’s unconditional, extravagant, lavish love.

I am Loved, a Bible study on 1 John by Wendy Blight.

Each of my Bible studies include biblical and historical background insights, personal stories, practical application questions, and a prayer and memory verse for each chapter. A five-session DVD is also available providing additional teaching for viewing after completing each chapter to enhance your Bible study. The Bible study book can be studied with or without the DVD.

If you’re entering the contest, please leave a comment and let me know where you’re from and about your group!

Blessings,

February 22, 2016

“I Know His Name” On-line Study Registration & Giveaway

Registration Ending Soon for “I Know His Name” Bible Study Class

Hi Friends, below please find a short (1 minute) reminder about our upcoming I Know His Name Bible Study Class (BSC):

If you haven’t signed up, don’t delay because registration closes this Saturday. You can register, purchase I Know His Name, and get your BSC questions answered here:

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As I mentioned in the video, click here if you want to learn more about the specifics of the study.

The I Know His Name BSC is FREE. Your only cost is the book. A notebook or journal is encouraged but not required. To enhance the class, each week we’ll show short clips from my I Know His Name DVD.

The five-session #IKnowHisName DVD can be purchased here:

And now … the Giveaways

Registering for our online Bible Study Class automatically enters you for a chance to win one of two prize packs (US Addresses only please):

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Prize One is a signed copy of I Know His Name along with an NIV Real Life Devotional Bible.

Prize Two is a beautiful necklace and an NIV Real Life Devotional Bible. Winners will be announced here on Monday, 2/29.

Last week’s winner of my I Know His Name book + DVD giveaway is…

Sarah Myles

Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. with your full name and mailing address.

Since we are studying the names of God in this study, would love for you to leave YOUR favorite name of God and why in a comment!! 

Blessings,