How to Find Application in the Bible: 5 Simple Things to Look For


Finding out how the Bible applies to life today is like finding a best friend. You find something that speaks to you, that you can rely on to be true, and that will be there for you in the darkest times. I have found a true friend in the encouragement, promises, and truths of God. I have found God Himself as I study Scripture, and He is a Best Friend that sticks with us 24/7, as He loves us, shares life with us, and guides us.

This past week I shared a method of studying the Bible that has been a faithful companion to me for many years. Today I want to share with you another companion, an easier way to look at Scripture and find application for life today. One of my favorite pastors, Dr. Charles Stanley, said to look for these five things in Scripture. They have enhanced my reading of God’s Word, and I have found many gems along the way.

Look for these five elements in any passage of the Bible:
(You may not find them all in any one passage.)

  1. Promises
  2. Truths
  3. Encouragement
  4. Instructions
  5. Warnings

In your Bible, you can mark these things in a special way to make them stand out. I often draw a box around a promise in a special color or draw a star beside a warning. These five elements are scattered throughout Scripture. The Psalms are filled with promises and encouragement. The Gospels and Paul’s letters hold many truths and instructions. Warnings are in just about every book.

Here are some of my favorite “friends” that I’ve gathered from Scripture. Whether they promise that God will do something or they warn me of danger on a particular path, they have guided me through life.


My favorite promise: “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9*

A beloved truth: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” Colossians 1:13

Daily encouragement: “Trust Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8

A much-needed instruction: “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.” Matthew 6:34

A valuable warning: “Flee youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22


The Bible is a companion for life. Its words soothe our souls, strengthen our spirits, and guide our steps. Discovering the treasures of God’s Word is an adventure for every believer to experience. What is awaiting your discovery today?


*All Scripture is NKJV. Used by permission.

© Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (2)

  • anon

    This is a very helpful way to read scripture. I particularly like looking for promises. When you look for these 5 things, it's amazing how many you can find!

    Sep 12, 2014
  • anon

    I agree, Ginger! It seems like these 5 things point out much of the application we can find in God's Word. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Sep 12, 2014

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