Focus Area: Staying the Course
Living out scripture can be a complex journey, especially in the heat of the moment. However, if you proactively apply it to specific scenarios in your life, it makes it a much easier process.
Let's walk through this journey.
Research a scripture that is specific to a current situation.
For this example we will use James 1:19 - "My dear brothers and sisters take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
Meditate on it. Say the scripture in your mind and allow God to speak to you. Ask Him to open your heart and mind to what He wants you to hear.
Break up the scripture. What does each phrase mean to you? What does God want you to know?
- Quick to listen means to immediately open your ears, heart, mind, eyes, and body to listening.
- Slow to speak means to listen well and not interrupt with thoughts and/or words. If there is something pressing that needs to be said, trust that the Holy Spirit will remind you.
- Slow to become angry means to not jump to conclusions and become defensive. Be present in the moment to understand what is going on. Ask yourself, am I offended because it's true? Can I ask a clarifying question to make sure I understood their intent? Get the facts first so you can proceed in a godly manner.
Pray. Thank God for the ways He's helped you apply James 1:19 correctly and ask for forgiveness for the times you did not. Call out the situations specifically. Ask Him for His continued help in the areas you struggle most.
Practice makes better. The more you practice, the better you will become.
Applying scripture can be challenging but it can also be fun and rewarding. So have fun and report back on your progress!