TAKE TIME: Read a chunk of The Bible, think about it, meditate on it, let the words roll around.
USE IMAGINATION: Picture yourself in the place, in the circumstance. What do you see, what do you hear, what do you feel?
ASK QUESTIONS: What is the writer trying to communicate? What did it mean to the people at the time? What were they learning about God? How were they being transformed by God’s word and work in their lives?
APPLY IT: What does this mean for me today? How does this speak into my circumstances? What can I learn? What can I do with this truth? How will I remember it? How will I apply it?
Take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NIV)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”