Application. Hmmm...what positive or negative connotations does that word have for you? As a former educator, application is a high level of learning, but it also means change, and not everyone is a fan. Week 4 discusses applying God's truth in our lives and the study brings up some valuable points.
A sweet whisper of God kicks off the week: "You are mine. Take my Word into your heart and life today, dear one. Show up. Be still. Listen and believe. Work out your faith, stumble forward in grace. I will do the rest."
I simply love the picture of stumbling forward in grace. That fits me to a tee; how about you?
Applying God's Word is a process, not an event. It's not a to-do list item, but a relationship. It's not solving dilemmas, it's faithfulness.
Day One discusses applying it appropriately, seeking Jesus in the pages, instead of self. Ouch. Toes stepped on that day.
Day Two discusses applying God's Word responsibly, vowing to do no harm, handling the Sword of the Spirit with extreme care. I shouted Amen all by myself that day. Favorite quote: "We're a family of broken human beings who all need Jesus, and there are moments the church feels more like a family feud than a family of faith."
Day Three discusses applying it permanently, committing it to memory. Writing God's Word is something I strive to do this year. There are lots of nifty plans for that. Press here for one.
Day Four discusses applying it prayerfully. The parable of the sower presented by Jesus in Matthew 13:10-23 is discussed. A provocative question the authors ask, "What might be choking the Word in your life?"
Week 4 Video:
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.