Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Three Poor Substitutes for Application

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. 

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