Learn to "HEAR" From God
God wrote a book and He is waiting to speak to us through His Word whenever we are ready to take the time to prayerfully open it, read it, and hear from Him. By HEAR journaling through the Word, we're learning how to get the most from our time in God's Word.
The HEAR Journal Method
HEAR stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Your journal entries will be unique to you and will reflect your personality and learning style, but the format will help you to understand and apply God's Word like never before! After you read, share your journal with your group to keep each other accountable. The great by-product of sharing your journals with your group, in addition to accountability, are the new truths and applications you'll get in the text from the others in your group.
Sample HEAR Journal
READ: Genesis 3 TITLE: The Fall DATE: January 1, 2020
Genesis 3:17-19 - "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
Disobedience always brings consequences, whereas obedience brings blessing. Adam and Eve disobeyed God's one command and sin, death, and frustration entered into the world. However, we see the game changer: God's grace at work in not putting Adam and Eve to death immediately.
This chapter holds the key in explaining why the world is as it is, broken and in need of redeeming. There was an "aha" moment when I read and understood this passage. As I experience frustration, temptation, pain, and loss, may I realize that this is the result of the fall and not creation as God intended. May these daily experiences cause me to remember the penalty of sin and lead me to flee from sin and run to Jesus, the redeemer.
Lord, thank you for your reminder that sin has a great cost and it has long lasting consequences. The biggest cost of sin is that it separates us from you, which Jesus bore the brunt of on the cross as your wrath towards sin poured out on Him. Forgive me for the lingering sin in my life that I treat so lightly. May I see it as you see it. Help me in my weakness to battle sin as I should, by putting it to death. Thank you for your grace and patience with me. Amen.