Daily Study Habits

The primary goal of these exercises is to teach healthy spiritual habits that will last you a lifetime. There are four basic components:


Verses to recall throughout the day reminding you of God's promises.


Watch or listen to a devotion to help you digest God's truths in new ways.


Meditate on a passage until the Holy Spirit shows you how to apply it.


Read scripture to know God better and to hear him speak to you through his word.

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Posted by Matt


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)


Today you will be watching Pastor Britt Merrick from Reality in Santa Barbara, CA,. Pastor Britt will be teaching on John 8:31-32.



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– PRAY IT! –

Refer to Session 5, page 81 in your workbook for instructions on this method of Bible meditation.

Personalize all of Psalm 1 as though God were saying it to you. Then pray it back to God.



The book of Psalms is a collection of very personal prayers and emotions, ranging from despair to joyful celebration. The prayers of the psalmists are honest. Remember to make your prayers personal and honest as well; God knows the depths of your heart. Read Psalm 1 (NIV).

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Posted by Penny Felger 3/6/2012 5:56:00 AM
Words cannot express my deep gratitude for 40 Days In The Word. I am a "mature" tree and am so inspired to have the tools to insure my roots grow deeper in the Word so that I may be an inspiration to my family and friends. THANK YOU!! All for your marvelous gifts of sharing God's Love.
Posted by geno 3/7/2012 9:44:00 AM
Thanks Pastor Rick.Will look forward to your devotionals and keep God's word close to my heart.
Posted by Ruthy Sellers 3/8/2012 6:24:00 AM
What a journey the 40 Days Devotions has been and all along the path God's WORD was the treat each day. What a blessing!
Posted by Debbie B. 3/11/2012 3:27:00 PM
'40 Days in the Word' has been an exceptional study
Posted by Russell 3/15/2012 12:23:00 PM
By using the "personalize" method of reading and studying the bible, Psalm 1 became so real and personel to me. Thanks Pasto Rick for teaching us this awesome method of studying the bible!
Posted by Deb 3/15/2012 6:04:00 PM
40Days...what a dynamic journey this has been
Posted by Todd Crawford 3/16/2012 5:08:00 PM
It is done. And.., "it is done"! My precious Lords last words. Thank you God for your blessings and your sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us - as to glorify your name. Amen.
Posted by Earnestine S. 3/17/2012 9:03:00 PM
And Earnestine will know the truth and the truth shall make Earnestine free. I am so grateful to have been a part of "40 Days In The Word". My life will never be the same. Thank you to Pastor Rick and all of the Pastors that I eagerly looked forward to meeting each day.
Posted by B.J. Patterson 3/19/2012 7:51:00 AM
Pastor Rick,40 days in the Word haa transformed me. I have never felt more at Peace. I now know how a Christian should feel. Thanks you and God Bless
Posted by B.J. Patterson 3/19/2012 7:51:00 AM
Pastor Rick,40 days in the Word haa transformed me. I have never felt more at Peace. I now know how a Christian should feel. Thanks you and God Bless
Posted by Carmen 3/22/2012 6:25:00 AM
Thank you Pastor Rick,My life has changed i have learned so much from these teachings. God bless.
Posted by Elizabeth DeCarlo 3/23/2012 3:51:00 PM
You can''t possibly imagine how much I enjoyed this series of daily devotionals, The 40 Days in the Word. As a fairly new student of studying the Bible, this series gave me great insight in how exactly a person should study the Words given by God for our life lessons. You have been a great help to me in that now I now what and how to study God's Wprd. Thank you and please do give us all another 40 Days in the Word.
Posted by Betty 3/25/2012 11:37:00 AM
Thank you for this study. I feel closer to my Lord than I have in a long while.
Posted by Pastor Walter Clark 4/5/2012 9:53:00 AM
We have so enjoyed DOING the 40 days in the word. Sermons, daily devotionals and small group studies have been outstanding.Lives are being changed as a result.
Posted by Aaron from Seattle, WA. 4/11/2012 3:59:00 PM
I am forever impacted by learning these methods. I just finished leading a 40 DITW growth group and they are all unanimous that they too are forever impacted. We all now find the time to spend in the word of God and have decided to continue the group as a bible study group. I will also continue to lead 40DITW growth groups so that I can continue to share these methods that help in illuminating the word of God. God bless you Rick and God bless your team.
Posted by CJ 5/1/2012 10:57:00 AM
Thank you so much for 40days in the word. I have learned so much, most important is the habit of reading the bible every day. I now realize just how alive and real God's word is. God Bless You Pastor Rick and other pastors for your insightful messages!
Posted by Tursunoy,London UK 5/4/2012 2:22:00 AM
Im from muslim background,become christian changed my life,thank you Pastor Rick and team,and for your book 'The Purpose Driven Life'What on earth am I here for?' is amazing book,Id gave to all my friend's.I'm feeling more closer to Jesus Christ and more understanding God's Word's,God bless you.
Posted by Florence 4/25/2013 5:49:00 PM
Am so blessed with 40days in the Word. It had changed my life from Windows of mirrors into Windows of Hope. praise God and thank U all pastors during these 40days of feeding and soaking in the Word.
Posted by Sunil Bhandarkar 5/21/2013 5:02:00 AM
Thank you Pastor Rick the methods
Posted by bryan bouzigard 10/16/2013 5:02:00 PM
thank you pastor rick this was a great study cant wait for your next book title the NEXT 40 days to come out. looking forward to daily devotionals to continue inGOD'S WORD
Posted by Char A 10/29/2013 2:58:00 PM
God comes through loud
Posted by Angela Demmans 1/18/2017 7:43:00 PM
I have looked forward to doing this study every day!!! Not only the study but almost every day I looked up the pastors doing the verses each day and listened to and was so blessed by sermons I found of theirs at the church they are presently serving in!!! And God knew, but I didn't, that the final day would line up with very serious tests I am having at the hospital in the morning. I am so thankful for this study. I and to cancel my classes this semester for health reasons (mine and my daughters) and this was just what I needed. Thank you for your ministry and love for the Lord and His word.
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