"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2
As you study a passage, take notes on what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Ask yourself what the passage was saying to the original reader and what the passage means. Then ask yourself how you can apply this Truth to your life today. Review your notes often to remind yourself what you have learned. Make a plan to incorporate these Truths into your life.
God knows what we need. When we are open to the Holy Spirit's promptings, He will give us encouragement when we are struggling, rebuke us when we are rebelling, and challenge us when we need to step forward in faith. He will also use His Word to warn us when we are about to head down the wrong path. Whatever situation we are going through, God will use His Word to give us the knowledge and the wisdom to handle it.