“But be doers of the word and not just hearers only, deceiving yourselves” – James 1:22
Many times I have caught myself in a spot where I am doing a daily quiet time but then just putting down my Bible and getting on with my day. I am “doing the right thing” but actually I am just fooling myself if I don’t apply what I have read to my life. We need to be doers of the word and not just hearers.
Finding an application in the passage of scripture you are reading can be difficult at times. When you find you are unsure of what to apply then remember SPECT
Is there a SIN for me to forsake?
When reading you may find that there is sin in your life that you need to confront and work towards removing.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” – Matthew 22:39b (ESV)
Sin: I don’t love everyone the way I should
Is there a PROMISE for me to claim?
There are promises in the Bible that God has left us with. These can be a great comfort when we are feeling lost, down or alone.
“For He has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” – Hebrews 13:5b
Promise: God is with me, I am never alone
Is there an EXAMPLE for me to follow?
This point is particularly helpful when you are reading from the Old Testament and there are just stories about things that people have done. However, it can also be used when reading the New Testament.
“As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ He fell to his knees, shouting, ‘Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!’ And with that, he died.” – Acts 7:59–60
Example: I must be forgiving like Stephen was
Is there a COMMAND that I must obey?
What are the things God requires of us? Sometimes we get so used to hearing a passage that we forget that if we don’t obey what it says then we are disobeying God. Someone recently pointed out this verse that I have had memorised for many years and I realised for the first time that I hadn’t been obeying a command.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to known to God.” – Phillipians 4:6 (ESV)
Command(s): Don’t be anxious and pray about everything.
Is there something I can be THANKFUL for today?
Often when praying we focus a lot on our own requests and forget to thank God for what we already have.
“For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23 (ESV)
Thanks: That Christ gave me eternal life as a free gift