TUESDAY, JULY 6
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
1 Samuel 17:33 (NLT2)
WINNING MY BATTLES: DON’T MAKE EXCUSES
Pastor Stuart Briscoe was teaching the principles of Bible study. He showed how to pick out the promises and the commands in Scripture, and what to do with them. Finally, he reviewed and asked, “Now, what do you do with the commands?” A little old lady raised her hand and said, “I underline them in blue.”
Underlining the Bible’s commands in blue might make for a colorful Bible, but the point of the commands is that we obey them. David didn’t just underline his Bible but He put God’s word into action. Mike reminded us in the message that David didn’t use age or size as an excuse not to fight.
The Apostle James challenged the church to be “doers” of God’s word in James 1:22. Genuine faith always translates into action. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, created a helpful acronym to help make Bible study more applicable to your daily life. The acronym is S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. Each letter stands for a question that you should ask while reading the Bible. Sin to confess? Promise to claim? Attitude to change? Command to obey? Example to follow? Prayer to pray? Error to avoid? Truth to believe? Something to praise God for?
Thank God for giving us clear directions in His Word for daily living. Ask Him to help you not make excuses and be a consistent “doer” of His Word.