IBS ~ A Journaling Technique, III

IBS ~ A Journaling Technique, III

Whenever you prepare for a journey you begin with packing. And as with packing, there are a few rules that you must adhere to. The same applies for IBS. The rules are:

A) First, God's Word, it is your most treasured resource and therefore is truly all you require to grow closer to Him.

B) Second, a teachable heart, that will be able to let go of the many preconceived ideas you have heard from sermons, mentors, family members, friends or whoever. Leave those at the foot of Jesus and request Him to give you a teachable heart to discern His voice clearly.

C) Third, patience, for you must slow down and learn to rest upon God Himself. He will meet you where you wait for Him.

A saying I have frequently heard is ~ "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." Together we will hear, see, remember, understand and implement what God shows us. We will focus upon the Bible as our first and foremost resource. The tendency for many Bible students is to collect secondary resources that will usually do the "observing" and "interpreting" for them. It is quick, but is it correct? Not if you need to teach your heart to discern God's voice.


We've all heard that we retain about 20% of what we hear. That is precisely why so many pastors want us to record handwritten notes and bring our Bibles to church. Below is a table that gives you a clear view of what we need to do to 'remember' what we actually believe we've learned.


10% Of what we read
20% Of what we hear
30% By watching a demonstration
50% Combining what we hear & see
70% Combining what we hear, see & write
90% All above + application & practice

"And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him (in context referring to the Holy Spirit) abides in you, and you have no need to have anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him"
1Jn 2:27

John teaches that the Spirit of God, Who lives in each believer, is our personal, private tutor. To be sure, God has given us pastors and teachers for our edification (1Cor 12:28, Ephesians 4:11; 4:12), but remember that they are in addition to and certainly not a viable substitute for the Holy Spirit. And so the humblest believer in Christ may be taught of God through His Word, even when human teachers are lacking.


1) What is the definition (in your own words) for inductive?

2) What is the definition (in your own words) for deductive?

3) Give two differences between inductive and deductive methods of learning.

Using the IBS journaling templates will enrich your life and grow your heart towards God.

For the Inductive Journal Template Please Click Below

IBS Journal Template

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