How To Study God's Word | Day Four

By: Kate Downing | To Download this series in it's entirety to your phone or printer, Click Here. 

Do you have a water filter in your house? It might be hidden in your refrigerator or attached to the nozzle of your faucet. I have a pitcher with a filtration system. As water flows through the top of the container, impurities are identified and removed from the water. Every time I replace its’ filter screen, I am fascinated by all the impurities (or “gross things” as I call them) it took out of the water.

We experience a similar process when we study Scripture. As we live our lives through the filter of God’s Word, impurities (or sins) are identified and must be removed.

It can be scary to allow God’s word to convict us of sin, but walking worthy of the calling of a daughter of the Most High God requires us to purify our hearts, minds, and lives.  

Ask the Lord to help you humbly approach the filter of His Word today—revealing any areas of your life needing to be purified.

Once again, we are looking at John 3:1-21. Do you feel like you know the story well enough to communicate it to someone one else? The more we read a passage of Scripture, the more we allow it to cleanse us.     

Read John 3:1-21 out loud.

Just like you did yesterday, let’s look at this passage in smaller sections. 

Re-write the verse numbers of the sections you broke this passage down into yesterday. 

For each of the sections, ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers:

               o   Is there a sin to avoid?

               o   Is there a promise to claim?

               o   Is there an example to follow?

               o   Is there a command to obey?

               o   Is there a stumbling block to avoid?

     (Note that not every section will answer one or more of these questions.)

Now look back over your answers to these questions.  Are there sins identified in this passage you are struggling with? Are their promises you are struggling to claim in your life? Is there an example you need to begin following? Is there a command hard for you to obey? 

Be honest with yourself and the Lord. Write down answers to the above questions. 

Now write out John 3:21.

Why do we hide our sins in the darkness where no one will see them?

Are there areas of your life you want to keep in the dark?  Is there an area of sin—addiction, fear, pride, dishonesty or disobedience—you have been hiding from everyone around you? 

There is no hope keeping your struggles in the dark. God sent His Son Jesus, so you could be freed from the very sin you are hiding!

Read John 3:17.

Google the definition of “condemn” and write the definition in your own words.

Why is it important God did NOT come to condemn you, but to save you?

In order for our lives to be purified by the Word of God and to truly walk worthy of our call as daughters of the King (Ephesians 4:1), we must be willing to confess our sin to the Lord and bring those areas of struggle out of the darkness and into the light.

James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…”

God has called us to bring our struggles into the light so that He might help and heal us from the damage of sin—which is tough! Often times, bringing our struggles into the light means confessing those struggles to a godly, mature Christian who can hold us accountable to no longer live in sin. It can be hard to admit our mistakes, but there is hope and joy found in the fact that Jesus did not come to condemn us, but to save us!     

Is there a sin area in your life you need to confess to the Lord? He already knows about it; He just wants you to be honest with Him! 

Take a few minutes to be truthful with Jesus about the areas of your life you keep in the darkness. Confess this sin before Him and ask the Lord to show you which godly, mature Christian in your life you can share this with to hold you accountable.