PRACTICE GOING DEEPER, 13.06.19
What does “GOING DEEPER” mean?
Learning how to identify principles, and themes:
- practicing integrating passages,
- connecting the dots
Takes you into more in-depth study, assisting you in discovering deeper meanings, understandings, revelations, & teaching you how to CONNECT THE DOTS, so you can make application of these to your own life.
What does “GOING DEEPER” involve?
- First read.
- Then study– yes, I said read . .. . then study. There is a difference. When you “read” the words are often just that – “words;” words that are rarely retained, and may have little or no meaning. When you “study” you first re-read. Then you go back & re-read again. You are going deeper, attempting to gain fuller understanding, make meaning, make connections.
- Now you are ready to MEDITATE on the words. YES, you will read them yet again. You will read them prayerfully, going deeper still, now, by yielding your mind/thoughts to the leading of the Holy Spirit, asking HIM to take you DEEPER, to open the eyes of your understanding (Eph. 1) & bring revelations, bring the words alive to you. This also necessitates your attentiveness: LISTEN for the voice of the SPIRIT. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the full meaning, to assist you to connect the dots from themes and principles to the application it has for your very own life, your walk in the Spirit.
It is therefore a most useful exercise to practice taking even one or two passages, probing deeper, meditating, praying into, and moving into that zone of integration, connecting dots, & applying the deeper revelations discovered.
NOW LET’S PRACTICE WITH THE FOLLOWING:
Review the above steps, and follow them, first just “reading,” then getting a bit more studious, re-reading, & re-reading again. Now you are ready to “pray into” them, meditating on the Words, & listening for the Father’s leading by the power of His Holy Spirit.
“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”
23 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
NOW THAT YOU HAVE READ, STUDIED, MEDITATED UPON/PRAYED INTO THE ABOVE, RECORD/DOCUMENT:
- Themes &/or Principles that were identified.
- Interpretations of each set of passages.
- How did you integrate them?
- In what way were you able to connect the dots?
- What personal meaning was shown to you, for you, by the Holy Spirit?
- In what ways are you aware of how differently you have understood these sets of passages than you perhaps were in times past?
- In what ways can did you experience the benefits of this practice session?
- To what extent do you believe it would be advantageous to make this a regular part of your Bible Study routine?
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