Devotionals

Week 2

Week 18, Day One

Set Apart to Shine

For the past three months, you have been using the “God Follower” method of Bible study; asking two simple questions – what does this say about God and what does this say about how to follow God? Today it is time to learn a new method of Bible study. This is another tool that you can use to feed yourself God’s Word. It’s called the “Target Method.” Taking an outside to inside approach, the Target Method of Bible study helps you apply God’s Truth to your own life, encouraging you to respond honestly to God and to act immediately on what you have learned.

The Target Method uses just three questions to guide you through the Bible study process. Picture in your mind a round “bull’s eye” target with two rings and a heart in the center. Each of these three elements represents one of the questions included in the Target Method.

First Question: Outer Ring-

What does it say? (Summarizing the passage)

Second Question: Inner Ring-

What is God saying to me? (Taking it personally)

Third Question: Center Heart-

How will I respond? (Planning for change)

You will practice this method in today’s lesson. Remember that you will get out of your personal Bible study only what you put into it. Don’t rush. Listen. Think. Be thorough.

Applying Scripture to Your Life

Using the Target Method, study James 1:19-27. Take time to answer each question as completely and thoughtfully as possible, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Ask God to give you the desire and courage to live what you learn in His Word so that you can live out your faith in a real way in front of the world.
  • Commit to listen carefully when the Holy Spirit reminds you of truth you have studied and obey His instructions.
  • My family Monday…

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Use the Target Method to study 1 Corinthians 8:1-3.

Keep going if this passage peaks your interest and see what God reveals to you. Remember that it’s okay to have questions. Hopefully, you are still keeping a journal and can keep track of the questions that you have.

 

 

Week Eighteen, Day Two

Wisdom

Spiritual wisdom is “knowing how, when, and where to practice God’s Truth.” People that do not know God have their own version of truth that is very different from God’s truth. Let’s see how the two compare.

Use the Target Method to study 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Thank God for revealing His Truth to you and giving you the chance to share in His wisdom.
  • Commit to be a good steward (caretaker) of His Truth.
  • Your church…

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Use the Target Method to study Psalm 19:7-14 and Proverbs 3:7-8.

*CHALLENGE*

It’s time to memorize a new passage of scripture. Let’s add Proverbs 3:5-6. Want to live a life that pleases God? Live by this passage. Remember to read it, write it and post it.

 

Week Eighteen, Day Three

“My favorite verse is Luke 1:37. It tells me that nothing is impossible with God. Every time that I feel discouraged, it reminds me that God is still in control and is over everything.”

Jennifer, high school student

Getting Wisdom

Use the Target Method to study 1 Corinthians 2. Remember to write down any questions that you may have and record the answers when you find them.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Ask God to deepen your understanding of His Word and to use your words to bless and encourage others.
  • Commit to let go of fear and doubt and allow God to speak through you, even if you don’t think others will respond well to what He has to say.
  • My witness Wednesday…

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Use the Target Method to study James 1:5-8.

 

 

Week Eighteen, Day Four

Sharing What God Teaches You

Once we understand how big and wonderful God is and how amazing it is that He lets us understand even a little bit about Him, we want to know more. We start to look for opportunities to learn, understand, and grow spiritually by studying His Word; and the great thing is we don’t have to wait on someone else to explain it to us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can learn truth on our own.

When we learn something cool, we should feel free to share what we know with others. We don’t have to know everything there is to know about God to talk about Him. All we have to do is tell what we know from personal experience. Just don’t make things up if you do not know them. If we get it wrong now and then, more mature believers should set us straight and we can hit the ground running again. But you would never want to teach something to someone that is not true, just because you spoke before you studied.

Use the Target Method to study Galatians 1:11-2:10.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Ask God to stir in you a craving for His Word.
  • Ask God for the courage to speak the Truth and the confidence to overcome any self-doubt that might get in your way.
  • Thirsty Thursday…

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Use the Target Method to study Acts 18:24-28.

 

 

Week Eighteen, Day Five

What it Means to “Live by Faith”

Before you begin today’s study, review James 1:5-8.

Once God teaches you something, you are responsible to live it. What you have learned should become so much a part of your life that it changes the way you live. We should “live as if God is who He said He is and will do what He has said He will do.” This is called “living by faith.”

The Christian life is about much more than being blessed and feeling good. It is about more than snuggling up to God and feeling safe. Sometimes–a lot of times–it’s about obeying God even when you don’t feel like it. It’s about putting yourself out there even when you have doubts or feel a little selfish, drawing on the support, strength, and example of other believers to get you through those tough moments. The more we know God, the more we trust Him; even when we don’t feel like trusting Him.

Use the Target Method to study Hebrews 11.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Ask God to continue to reveal more of Himself to you.
  • Commit to be a responsible steward of His Truth and to live by faith.
  • Friends Friday…

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Use the Target Method to study Proverbs 3:13-26.

 

The Weekend

Suggested Reading: Exodus 5-12 (paying close attention to 5-7 and 11-12)

This is a continuation of the story of Moses. All of Moses’ preparation has come to this. It’s time to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Though Moses is weighed down by insecurity, doubt, and unanswered questions, he obeys God and lives out his faith.

If you haven’t started learning your new memory verse yet, this would be the time! Proverbs 3:5-6

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