One of my Favorite Bible Study Tools

When I took Inductive Bible Study, at Calvary Chapel Bible College, one of my favorite Bible study techniques I learned was regarding the Bible Study Rule of First Mention. 

This little rule opened for me a very simple way I can understand the Biblical standard of things mentioned in Scripture. It's a very simple, yet powerful tool you can use to better understand God's Word.

4 Things Truth Journaling Will Do For You

If you ever struggle with anxious or negative thoughts, you are going to love what Truth Journaling will do for you! I first learned about Truth Journaling from Barb Raveling. This type of journaling is based on John 8:32 where Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free.

First I'll show you four things Truth Journaling will do for you, and then I'll walk you through the simple process and show you an example so you can start Truth Journaling in your own life. I even designed a FREE printable Truth Journal just for you! 

4 Things Truth Journaling Will Do For You

1. Truth Journaling will help you take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5) and stop any thoughts, dead in their tracks, that come into our mind which are contrary to:

God’s promises  
Who we are in Christ 
God’s will for our thought life (Phil. 4:8) 

2. Truth Journaling will transform you by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) as you set your mind on the truth of God’s Word.

3. Truth Journaling will make it clear which feelings are not based on the truth of Scripture, so you are not deceived and believing something contrary to the Bible.

4. Truth Journaling will enable you to build an arsenal of Bible verses to counter any thoughts that are contrary to Scripture, and turn your thoughts back to what is true. 

How To Truth Journal 

Step 1. Freely write out what’s weighing on your heart and mind 

Step 2. Number each sentence.

Step 3. Now starting at the first sentence, one by one, hold each sentence you journaled up to the truth of God’s Word and determine what is really true based on Scripture. 

Step 4. Under each sentence, correct any wrong thinking and pair your statement with a correlating Bible verse. If your statement does line up with the truth of God’s Word, write under it a correlating Bible verse testifying to that truth.

"Ugh! I am not looking forward to today. I have so much to do, I’ll never get it all done! I feel so overwhelmed, I don’t even know where to start. I need a miracle!"

1. Ugh! I am not looking forward to today.

Truth: Though today is going to be a very busy day, this is the day that the Lord has made I shall rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) God will surely help me. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

2. I have so much to do; I’ll never get it all done!

Truth: I do have a lot to do, but as I am faithful to commit my work to the Lord and seek His help, He will be faithful to help me do the impossible. With me it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible. (Mathew 19:26) Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

3. I feel so overwhelmed. I don’t even know where to start.

Truth: I feel overwhelmed because my eyes are focused on the problems before me, rather than on the promises, faithfulness, and character of  my God. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  (Psalm 28:7) If I ask God for wisdom, He will surely show me the best way to order my day. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

4 I need a miracle! 

Truth: God is the God of miracles and nothing is too hard for Him! As I seek Him, I will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34: 10). He will be faithful to supply whatever I need, as I need it. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)


To help you get started with
Truth Journaling, I made you a 
FREE printable Truth Journal 
you can print and start using right away!

Truth Journaling When Your Short On Time  

If I’m struggling with something and want to truth journal, but am short on time, I can simply use the list method. For instance, if I’m trying to discipline myself to eat healthier, and I’m feeling discouraged that it’s such a challenge, to quickly truth journal with the list method, I simply begin by asking myself, “Why am I finding it such a challenge to eat right?” Then I simply list why I believe I’m struggling to make good food choices. For instance:

1. It’s hard to say no to my favorite foods, because they are so tempting! 

2. Eating healthy will mean I will miss out on my favorite foods—especially during the holidays.

3. I’ll have to adopt a new way of eating, which will take time and commitment, and my life is already busy enough as it is.

4. It will take a very long time before I’d ever see any results.

5. I will have to learn different cooking methods and new recipes to become skilled at making yummy meals that are healthier.

List the truth based on correlating Scripture

1. It’s hard, but not impossible! “No temptation has overtaken [me] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow [me] to be tempted beyond what [I am] able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that [I] may be able to bear it “ (1 Cor. 10:13)

2. Yes I may miss out on some unhealthy favorites, but just because I can eat them doesn’t make them beneficial to me. "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor. 6:12)

3. Adopting healthy eating habits will take hard work, but it is a guaranteed win. “All hard work brings a profit.” (Proverbs 14:23) 

4. It will take a while before I see results, but results will inevitably come if I stick with it and don’t give up. I can do this through Christ (Phil. 4:13) because “His divine power has given [me] all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3) In Christ, I am fully equipped to do what I need to do to see results and maintain my new good habits. God is calling me to endure. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

5. It may be a challenge, to learn healthier ways of preparing foods and building a collection of new healthier meals, but it is not impossible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) If ever I lack wisdom in preparing these meals, I can ask God and He will be faithful to direct me to the information I need. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) Whatever I may need to adopt a healthier eating lifestyle, the Lord will abundantly provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”(Phil. 4:19) 



To help you get started with 
Truth Journaling, I made you a 
FREE printable Truth Journal 
you can print and start using right away!


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18 Ways God Rewards Your Faith

When faced with the headaches and heartaches of life, where do you put your trust? Before I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I often placed my trust in:
  • My own abilities--which would either come through for me or fall short.
  • My own wisdom--which was only limited to that which I knew. 
  • My own strength--which was only as strong as I was
  • My own possessions--which could get lost, malfunction, break down, etc. 
  • Other people--who may come through or disappoint because of their own busy lives and circumstances

Jeremiah points out, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD." Jeremiah 17:7 Oh how happy we are when we trust in the Lord, and make the LORD our hope! And the reason? When we are faithful to place our trust in the Lord, He is faithful to bless us. Below are 18 ways God rewards our faith. (Hebrews 11:6)

My God Shall Supply All Your Needs

If the ongoing news of the Coronavirus has you feeling a little discouraged, I pray this article will fill your heart up with hope and encouragement. When twelve spies went out from Israel to spy out the promised land God was giving them, ten of the twelve spies came back with a discouraging report, saying they were as grasshoppers compared to the giant people in the land. (Numbers 13:31-33) They even went as far to suggest they'd be better off going back to Egypt where they had been slaves! (Numbers 14:2-4) These spies were convinced all Israel would be overtaken by the inhabitants of the land, even though this was the land God promised them.

Explaining the foolishness of their fears,
L.E Romaine points out,
“God had given them water from the rock, given them manna, fought all their battles up to that point, and all of a sudden [they believed] God couldn’t take them any further. That’s what happens to us. God can get you saved, give you everlasting life, and prepare a place for you. So we’re willing to believe, “Yeah, okay I’ve got everlasting life. I go to be with the Lord. I don’t have to worry about it—that’s all been taken care of. What I’ve got to worry about now is to see how am I going to get the rent?”
Since I totally believe the Lord has already provided for my greatest need of salvation, resting in the truth that my eternity in Heaven is secure, then what lesser things do I ever need to worry about? God tells us in Philippians, "Don't worry about anything; Instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7) 
 Joshua and Caleb who brought back the only faith-filled report, from spying out the land, were filled with a peace that surpassed all understanding because they had the utmost confidence in the Lord to meet any and all of their needs. (Numbers 13:27-30) Time and again they had witnessed and experienced God's faithfulness.

The other ten spies, as well as the camp of Israel had also tasted and seen that God is good, but they had forgotten the multitude of God's mercies. (Psalm 106:7) How easy it is for me to get overwhelmed with the headaches and heartaches of life when the multitude of God's mercies is not in the forefront of my mind. By choosing to meditate on His mercies rather than on my problems, I am blessed with the peace that surpasses all understanding. 
Problems are inevitable (John 16:33; Matt. 6:34) However we can rest easy in the promises and faithfulness of God. Because Jesus has met out greatest need, of salvation, we can trust Him to take care of the rest of our needs--however great they may be.
One of my favorite Bible promises declares, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 I love this verse because God promises to meet all our needs, not just some of our needs or just the really big needs, but ALL our needs. God's proven Himself faithful to provide Salvation for us.  He is more than able to provide  and deliver us from whatever trials we may be facing. 

Whatever problems we are facing today, let's give them to the Lord in prayer, fully expecting Him to deliver us in His perfect way. (Prov. 3:5) and do as Jesus counseled Jarius, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Mark 5:36

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The High Cost of Not Checking in with God First

When Delilah repeatedly pestered Samson over and over to know the secret of his amazing strength, little did he know that telling her the answer would soon cost him his freedom, dignity, and even his sight.