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Here is a method to help you read and apply what you read.
The SPECS Method of Reading and Applying the Bible
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.”
Just like people need glasses (or “specs”) to see more clearly, this simple method of reading your Bible will help you to “see,” and understand, and apply God’s Word in your life.
As you read a passage, keep looking for the following items using the acronym “SPECS” as a reminder…
Sin to CONFESS/AVOID
What is the author warning me of? What should temptation should I be alert to? What is the snare or trap I could fall into? What cause/effect relationship do I see here that could lead to sin?
Promise to CLAIM
What is God promising me here? What are the stipulations or requirements for me to be able to realize this promise? Is there a divine guarantee here?
Example to FOLLOW
What godly characteristic is being modeled in this passage? How could I pattern my life after this person? Is there a “bad” example in these verses that I should steer clear of?
Command to OBEY
Is there an imperative in the passage that I need to follow? Is God clearly telling me that I need to DO something or NOT do something?
Spiritual principle to APPLY
Are there any sequential steps seen in the text? What insights seem to emerge from the passage? Ask “why” does the narrator say this? What relationship do you see between the verses in the passage?
Let’s give it a try!
Begin your time with God by quieting your heart, asking God to speak to you through His Word. Then read the passage below, phrase by phrase, looking for the “SPECS.” Jot down notes under each section where applicable. After you’ve worked through these verses, ask yourself, “What did it seem the Holy Spirit wanted me to see today?” Then pray and ask God for His help in doing what the Lord said to you.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Sins to confess/avoid?
Promises to claim?
Examples to follow?
Commands to obey?
Spiritual principles to apply?
What did it seem the Holy Spirit wanted me to “see today?