How to apply God's word to our lives
When we read the Bible, we sometimes find it irrelevant to our lives today. Sometimes it's difficult to see how it makes any difference in the modern world. If, however, we take time to think about these ancient word's, we can often find a way to apply it to our lives. The Bible is like a mirror. When we look into God's word, we will often see ourselves reflected in the lives of people in the Bible.In addition to being like a mirror, God's word has many promises and commands that we can apply to ourselves. Before, however, we try to "claim" a promise, we need to know that not all promises are absolute. In other words, some promises are only generalities. They are not true all the time or in every situation. For example, Proverbs 22:6 says
Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.1 Parents cannot claim this verse as God's absolute promise that their children will never stray from values and morals they've been taught. It's simply a general, axiomatic truism. In general it's true, but not always. Almost all proverbs should be understood this way.
Furthermore, not all commands and/or promises in the Bible are for everyone. God commanded Noah to build an ark. This command was given to one man for a very specific time, place, and purpose. Before we assume that a command or promise of God is given to us, we need to ask to whom was it given. On the other hand, even if a command or promise was not written specifically to us, it often has a wider application. We can usually find a way to apply the lesson or biblical principle to our life. For example, Paul tells the Christians in Philippi,
My God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) 2 Although the promise is given to Christians who lived two thousand years ago, we can apply it to our lives. The promise is based on the Philippian's generous gifts of money to help Paul. Because they had been so generous, they can depend on God's rich supply of spiritual blessings (riches in glory). So too, when we are generous and give to the work of God's kingdom, we have God's promise that he will meet our needs according to his riches in heaven.
These are only a few ways to apply God's word to our lives. Although, not all of God's word was written to us, all of it was written for us. As the Bible says,
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
(2 Timothy 3:16) 3
Seeking God in his word,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
April 30, 2019
1Proverbs 22:6; Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.
2Philippians 4:19; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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