This is a heart not a mind exercise
in righteousness so we may be equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16,17). As we read it, the Holy Spirit will illuminate insights to us, giving fresh revelation to our spirit. It is in our best interests to accept and benefit from these and writing them down will assist in the process – “Taking to heart all the words I declare to you…They are not just idle words to you – they are your life” (Deut 32:46,47).
Keeping a spiritual journal is an aid to your memory, as when something is written down you can refer back to a concrete fact, not an indefinite or fading thought. Take notes from Bible studies and church sermons to assist you when applying the ‘action’ points given – so the word of the Lord doesn’t just ‘drop to the ground’ but effects a lasting beneficial change. This is especially important when things are not going the way we would like (as they are in a habit of doing), we can refer back to a chronicled entry, ‘Lord, your word upon which you have caused me to embark on this venture is…’
“Lay hold of my words with all your heart…Do not forget my words or swerve from them” (Prov 4:4,5).
“These commandments…are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them…” (Deut 6:7-9). The importance of taking notice and living according the divine way is stressed, being careful to follow His various directives (Deut 8:11). Journaling can help you to do this.
See also: Bible study, devotions, knowledge, meditate/meditation, remember.