Instead of applying Scripture, here are some things I do instead.
Insight. I listen, read, study, and gain understanding into God’s word. Amazed by incredible new information, I walk away satisfied with insight. Even effectively teaching it to others means nothing until I obey.
Rationalization. Coming up with reasons, excuses, and extenuating circumstances for why I haven’t applied truth is second nature.
Emotion. I can react to Scripture with comfort, hope, happiness, blessing, or conviction. But unless and until I change, I haven’t applied truth. It’s just an emotional charge that drains like a battery.