Last week, in 8 Study Bibles For Wise Women In The Word, we discussed how to study the Bible and the importance of making it part of lives through in-depth study and application. The Word of God is alive, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12 TPT). Our challenge is applying knowledge by living the Word of God.
“For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.“
As women in ministry, you and I have a responsibility, a need, a challenge, and an opportunity to be transformed, be inspired, and to live our lives totally for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We do that by making the Living Word part of our innermost being, speaking, and living it.
As a woman in ministry, you also have a unique sphere of influence – family, friends, co-workers, church friends, acquaintances and strangers – a group of people I may never know or meet. Within your sphere, you have the ability to live the Word in a way that influences others and changes you!
Take up the challenge Jesus gave us to be His ambassadors of reconciliation throughout the world and applying knowledge by living the Word of God!
A Bible, the Word of God, does nothing when it is just sitting on a shelf or an end table in your house. It is through application that its true power is released. The Word talks about the need for knowledge. Yet, knowledge which is simply gathered into a pile is useless. Its benefit is derived through application.A Bible, the Word of God, does nothing when it is just sitting on a shelf or an end table in your house. It is through application that its true power is released. The Word talks about the need for knowledge. Yet, knowledge which is… Click To Tweet
We are to gain knowledge along with other attributes. Applying knowledge releases the power of God in our lives.
In-depth Bible Study is a process of gaining knowledge and much more. We can study every day, memorize the Word, put scriptures on our phones and mirrors, write them out in our journals and still find that we are not changed inwardly and that sin is still prevailing in our lives.
I can gather together all the ingredients for a wonderful cake. I can even mix them together in a bowl, pour the batter in the pan and put it in the oven. However, if there is no heat; if I don’t turn the oven on, I won’t have a cake. No matter how many times I stir the batter, I still won’t have a cake. Application is the heat needed.
We do need to gather knowledge, while realizing there are other ingredients which, together, will bring the Word of God alive in us and create the change we are longing to see. First, let’s look at some Scripture on Knowledge:
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 NKJV Along with knowledge, we need wisdom and instruction.
- “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding:” Proverbs 2:6 NKJV. The knowledge we seek is based on God’s wisdom and words, along with understanding.
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 NKJV. Again, we must first seek the knowledge of God in order to have understanding, and possess reverent awe (fear) of God.“
- “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1 NKJV. One of the purposes of knowledge is correction. If we love knowledge, we must allow it to correct our lives.
- “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of the fool feeds on foolishness.” Proverbs 15:14 NKJV. The knowledge God wants us to gain is a matter of the heart, not just the head.
- “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments.” Psalm 119:66 NKJV. Again, our basis for knowledge is the Word of God and we can ask Him for good judgment as well.
- “Now concerning things offered to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” 1 Corinthians 8:1 NKJV. Knowledge can be used to judge and make one feel superior. Love brings humility and an application of knowledge that builds up instead of tearing down.
- “But as you abound in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us – see that you abound in this grace also.” 2 Corinthians 8:7 NKJV. Grace is required. The grace Paul is talking about is related to giving – God’s grace is not selfish.
- “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:9-10 NKJV
Living the Word of God
Why was Paul praying for the church in Colossians 1:9-10? In addition to knowledge, he wanted them to WALK – live the living Word of God! He wanted them to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding!
What is it Christians are always seeking? Exactly what Paul just said – we want to know God’s will along with wisdom and spiritual understanding. We want to WALK – peripatēsai – to tread all around, walk at large, live.
- Walk worthy of the Lord.
- Walk fully pleasing Him.
- Walk according to His glorious power.
- Walk for all patience and longsuffering with joy.
- Walk giving thanks to the Father.
- Walk as someone qualified to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light!
Knowledge alone is not enough. Knowledge is not the goal. The goal is to be like Jesus by doing the Word; living the Word; letting the Word live in and through you.
Study the Bible With 6 W’s + 1 H
So, how do you do that? Studying the Word of God is the starting point. Last week we looked at the Bible Study Method called 6 W’s + 1 H. It’s a simple study method to take you into the depths of the Word and help you apply it.
However, I know there are times when you study and write things out and feel like you know exactly what to do until – you have one of those days. Your kids won’t listen. Your husband is preoccupied. You’re overwhelmed and suddenly all your study seems like a blur of unrealistic requirements.
That’s totally normal. Or, maybe something terrible just happened and your faith is completely rocked. You feel as if your faith vanished and God deserted you, We all have those times.
Sometimes, we just feel dry and unsure of how to apply what we read and studied. I’ve heard awesome, inspiring messages that, when I got home, suddenly seemed completely irrelevant to my life. While they sounded great, I had no idea how to actually make them part of my everyday life.
Develop A Method of Bible Application
The only way to combat that is to develop a method of application. A method will help you through those times and, after you slog through a couple of them and come out the other side with faith, you’ll realize the benefit and the truth of the Word. Perseverance is the key! You need the No Matter What Method of Application.
That means exactly what it sounds like.
- No matter what – I will keep my faith, trust God, and never stop even if it hurts, it’s dark, I don’t understand, or I feel all alone.
- No matter what, I will follow God and His Word, not my feelings or circumstances.
- No matter what, I can do this.
For example, let’s say you’ve done an in-depth study in the book of Philippians on joy and rejoicing. But, your world recently fell apart in a major way and you cannot find joy or a reason to rejoice. What do you do?
The ‘No Matter What’ Method of applying and Living the Word of God
The ‘No Matter What’ method of application is based in 2 Peter 1:2-11 NKJV,
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
For it these things are yours and about, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge our Lord Jesus Christ. or he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make you call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
This beautiful passage of Scripture gives the steps for the ‘No Matter What’ method of application of Scripture. If you did an in-depth study, you would learn that this was Peter’s second letter to a group of Christians in Asia Minor. He wrote this letter shortly before he was martyred and, according to 2 Peter 2:12-15, Peter knew that his death was imminent.
Your goal is to find a way to maintain your joy – no matter what. To apply all the Scripture you carefully studied, wrote, and researched. Learn how to rejoice in the Lord always!
Step 1 – No Matter What
The best leader is the one who leads by example and this is exactly what Peter was doing. He was exhorting these Christians in regard to maintaining their faith in the face of false teaching, humanistic philosophy, and the temptations of the world. The conditions in Asia Minor were less than perfect for these new Christians. Peter exhorted these people to joy – no matter what:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV
In the face of death, Peter, soon to be crucified, stood strong and firm as an example. No matter what, you must determine to rejoice IN the Lord. Peter had determined to continue speaking, encouraging and leading – no matter what.
Step 2 – take What You Have Been Given
Peter says this: 2 Peter 1:2-2 TPT, “May grace and perfect peace cascade over you as you live in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.”
Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us. How? Through the Holy Spirit (who is God) who came to live inside you at salvation! You already have everything you need to live in and to know God’s will for your life. The problem is – we don’t fully believe and/or, we don’t use it.
Through the indwelling Spirit (His divine power) and the knowledge of Him – Jesus, who called you out of darkness into His glorious light – has given you everything you need to get through whatever situation you are facing. There is no trial or temptation greater than God.
Furthermore, “he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.”
Look at what you have been given – the ability to experience partnership with the divine nature. This is what you have inside of you right now. You just need to believe and use it.
With these two things in mind, you have everything you need and you are experiencing partnership with the divine nature. You can rejoice in the Lord always and make the joy of the Lord your strength – no matter what.
Step 3 – Add Goodness to Your Faith
These are the steps of application. Make the decision to follow ‘No Matter What,’ take what you have been given by faith, and then – add some goodness (“integrity, virtues of courage, nobleness, and moral valor.”). You do this by exercising diligence.
Each of these steps is a decision. ‘No Matter What’ is a decision. Believing and taking what God has given you is a decision. Adding goodness to your faith is a decision.
Multiple decisions related to the same goal represent the process of diligence.
You are not quitting or stopping.
When trials come, we may not want to be ‘good’ or virtuous. We may want to be hateful, angry, bitter, unforgiving, and more. Those feelings are strong but feeling them is not the problem. Acting on them is. Failing to take your hateful thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ leads you away from goodness.
Make a decision – no matter what, I will hold up the standard of goodness in my life.
Step 4 – Add Knowledge
The type of knowledge Peter is talking about is the knowledge of God. You have faith and have made a decision to make goodness (virtue) part of your life. Now, you are making a decision to know God. You do that through prayer and immersion in the Word of God. You add knowledge – no matter what.
Step 5 – Add Self-Control
Note that each of these steps is our responsibility. God has already given us everything we need. Now, we are making step-by-step decisions to apply what He has given us. The word used here is enkrateia and means “Self-mastery, self-restraint, self-control, continence. From egkrates; self-control.”
Self-control does not mean you become a robot with no emotion, just obeying each command. It is the opposite. It means that you have emotions, questions, ups and downs, and all that goes with being a human being. But – you are the one in control. You experience all these things but are not led or controlled by them.
Self-control means that when your anger rises up because your kids willfully disobeyed, you take a few minutes, get yourself under control, and then you handle the situation while setting an example of how to control anger. Or, when you are doubting, you pray – no matter what.
Step 6 – Add Perseverance
Persevere means – continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success. No matter how things look, you keep going staying true to your path and the Word of God. You do this through faith – “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1 The Voice
This scripture is true – no matter what. Our faith is not in what we see. It is not in what we feel. It is only in Christ and we make the choice to persevere in our walk with Him – no matter what.
Step 7 – To Perseverance Add Godliness
Godliness infers humility and reverence. The Strong’s Concordance defines it as ‘piety,’ which is reverence -” Piety (towards God), godliness, devotion, godliness. From eusebes; piety; specially, the gospel scheme.” It is an attitude toward God.
While we know Him as our Father, we must also know Him as the Omnipotent God, recognizing His qualities of Justice, Power, and Authority.
When the world, the cares of the world, and the temptations of the world seem to be overwhelming – godliness will give us strength. When we remember that the God living inside us is omnipotent and that we can do all things through Christ who gives us His strength – we can joyfully overcome – no matter what.
Step 8 – Add Brotherly Kindness
The word used here is ‘philadelphia’ which is brotherly love. This love is what we extend to other believers – fraternal affection. We all belong to the same family and, in that family, there is to be love.
When we want to hate, be cruel, gossip, create division, or judge, brotherly kindness (love) will lead us in the right direction. Read 1 Corinthians 13. Love cannot and will not do any of those things. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…. love never fails.
As you add brotherly kindness – no matter what – you overcome and maintain joy.
Step 9 – Love
Now we add the unconditional love of God – agape. Strong’s defines it as a ‘ benevolence and a love feast.’ We must love God, the brethren, and the world and show it.
In addition to brotherly love, we need God’s love. It can be hard to love others and we are tempted to hatred and judgment every day, But as we make a decision to protect and foster the love of God – no matter what – we will be able to find joy in the Lord each day.
Results of Living the Living Word
2 Peter 1:8-9 TPT, “Since these virtues are already planted deep within, and you possess them in abundant supply, they will keep you from being inactive or fruitless in your pursuit of knowing Jesus Christ more intimately. But if anyone lacks these things, he is blind, constantly closing his eyes to the mysteries of our faith, and forgetting his innocence—for his past sins have been washed away..”
Laying claim to, possessing, and living these virtues in your daily life keeps you from being ineffective (argous – Idle, lazy, thoughtless, unprofitable, injurious. (by implication) lazy, useless.). And, you will not be fruitless in your pursuit of knowing Jesus more intimately. You won’t be barren, unfruitful, or profitless. The implication is that you will be fruitful and productive and joyful.
The Living Word You Are Living
The wonderful, precious promises of God are all yours through Jesus.
You have been given everything you need.
Through those precious promises, you will be completely successful and fruitful in knowing Jesus more intimately.
“For this reason, beloved ones, be eager to confirm and validate that God has invited you to salvation and claimed you as his own. If you do these things, you will never stumble. As a result, the kingdom’s gates will open wide to you as God choreographs your triumphant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah.” 2 Peter 1:10-11 TPT
The promises to us continue:
- You will never stumble
- The kingdom gates will be wide open to you
The living Word of God is to be lived in and through us. It’s power is released as we apply knowledge by living the Living Word.
“You have made your souls pure by obeying the truth through the Holy Spirit. This has given you a true love for the Christians. Let it be a true love from the heart. You have been given a new birth. It was from a seed that cannot die. This new life is from the Word of God which lives forever. All people are like grass. Their greatness is like the flowers. The grass dries up and the flowers fall off. But the Word of the Lord will last forever. That Word is the Good News which was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:22-24 NLV
The Word of God is not only alive, it is eternal. Think of the power this implies. By His words, God created everything. He spoke and it was done and this also demonstrates the power of our own words.
I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before – your words have power. If you’re speaking death instead of life, negative instead of positive, and contradicting what God’s word says, those words have power. The one person who hears all your words – spoken and unspoken – is you! You have power over yourself. So, as you determine to live the Word, you must also speak it – your words must agree with the Word of God.
“But you who are known as the Pharisees are rotten to the core! You’ve been poisoned by the nature of a venomous snake. How can your words be good and trustworthy if you are rotten within? For what has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words!“ Matthew 12:34 TPT
The Living Word of God
The things in our heart come out of our mouth. Our words reveal who we really are deep down inside. This is why – You Must Have the Living Word of God Deep Within. Then, when trials come – it is the living, powerful Word of God which will be on your lips!
I hope you see how important it is to apply the Word to your life and to have a method of application. Here are the Steps again:
- No Matter What – make the decision.
- By Faith, Take What You Have Been Given By God.
- Add Goodness to Your Faith.
- Add Knowledge.
- Add Self-Control.
- To Self-Control, add Perseverance.
- To Perseverance, Add Godliness.
- Add Brotherly Love
- Then, Add God’s Love
Whatever your ministry is, you have more power and strength than you realize. God’s desire is for you to awaken to all He has placed inside you. The Living Word can do this! The more it is part of you, the more you will see and experience. God wants you to be your highest and best – the woman He created you to be – today!
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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