Noel here. Today Denise is going to sum up God's Desire-led Pattern and I am going to sum up Step 1 in devotional Bible study: Seeing the Facts in a passage.
You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.
Motivation for Reading the Bible(Lesson 1)
Healthy Bible reading involves both Desire and Discipline but it is important that you lead with your Desire. Discipline is sufficient motivation to acquire facts like in school, but not to change a heart.
Desire-led or Discipline-led?(Lesson 2)
Once you have surfaced and strengthened your Desire then Discipline can help you get through the times you don't feel like reading your Bible since it is in service of something you want to do. Discipline can smooth out the bumps in a road, but it can not build the road.
Example of Martha and Mary(Lesson 3)
Martha had more of a Discipline approach to worship so she busied herself preparing the meal to serve Jesus. Mary had more of a Desire approach to worship so she sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Him.
Deeds and Desire(Lesson 4)
There is nothing wrong with good works. But you must keep in mind that God did not create us for cheap labor. He could do our work so much faster and more efficiently but He allows us to blunder along, doing His work, because it is good for us. Revelation 3:16-21 cautions us to keep your Desire, your "first love", as the focus when you do good works for God.
God's Desire-led Pattern(Lesson 5)
God equips babies with the Desire for milk (1 Peter 2:2), deer with a Desire for water, and believers with a Desire for God. Take the time to surface and nuture that Desire. It is the way God equipped you.
Skill Time: Seeing the Facts(Example 6)
This is the last example that focuses just on the Facts of the passage. Keep getting better at quickly and confidently listing what you see in a passage. This is the skill that will come to your rescue when you find yourself in a passage that makes no sense at all. This skill enables you to look at the difficult passage and find things you can see and write them down. As you do that, you start getting a sense of the passage and you get over that initial hump. Give it another try with the following passage from Philippians:
Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Philippians 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
Philippians 1:11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (NASB)
What do you see in the passage?
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare what you see in the passage with what we get.
Next time, Denise will talk about how to connect with your Desire and I'll talk about the 2nd step in devotional Bible study--Surfacing the Lessons.
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Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
This passage is a prayer
He is talking about their love
He wants their love to increase
He wants their love to have more knowledge and discernment
He wants their love to become more discerning
"so that" identifies what will happen if our love is increased