quiet time with god

An integral part of a disciple’s life is spending time with God reading His Word - prioritizing regular habits of time with him, creating space to be changed by him, and knowing his presence like never before. So, it’s important to be equipped with some basic tools for reading, understanding, and applying what we read. The aim is not simply to acquire greater knowledge, but rather transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible reveals God, but does not contain Him! For this reason, we need the Holy Spirit to help us gain insight and understanding as we study.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Cor 3:16

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Col 3:2

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Ps 119:11

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

how to read the bible

PRAY- Begin with prayer thanking God for his written word, asking him to calm your heart and mind as the Holy Spirit “leads you into all truth.” John 14:26, 16:8-13

READ- Open your Bible. Pick a paragraph, section, chapter or follow a Bible reading plan. If you have the time, read the scripture a couple of times.

OBSERVE -Theme: What is the overall theme of the scripture? (i.e. Jesus teaching on loving others, Moses receiving 10 commands, or a challenge to be humble…)

Key Verse: Write down the one or two verses from what you read that stand out to you, grab your attention, or perhaps sum up the passage.

Key Thoughts: Meditate on the scripture by using simple Bible study tools to dig deeper into your Key Verse:

C.S.P.A.N. - Find any CSPANs in your Key Verse. Place a letter above the word/phrase where is occurs:

  • COMMAND to obey
  • SIN to avoid or repent of
  • PROMISE to claim
  • APPLICATION to make
  • Something NEW about God

What did it mean to the original readers? This helps bring context.

Choose a few words from your key verse(s). Underline them and define what they mean in your own terms. Rewrite the key verse(s) in your own words.

APPLY - Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of application:

  • What does it mean to me/us, now?
  • What is God asking me to stop, start, know or change? Be practical, specific (not general, and make the application personal.

RESPOND- This is where the Truth begins to move from our head to our heart. We respond in faith believing that what God says is true:

  • Pray and commit to obeying the Spirit’s direction in your life, asking for strength and courage to follow through on the application plan.
  • Share with others. Value discussion at this stage. This is the practice that would have taken place in the synagogues of the New Testament. If something new or unfamiliar has been revealed to you, it’s valuable to discuss with others who are more spiritually mature. Proverbs 27:17, James 5:15

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