The YadaFactor rests on this question: What is God saying to you today?
Sometimes it's hard to know. It's easy to get busy and distracted and overwhelmed with daily activities. The Yada Factor is a way of quieting these things as you focus on hearing God through His Word so that you will know Him intimately and have your life changed by Him. You won't be using supplemental books or workbooks to guide your process of studying Scripture; instead, you'll be relying on God's Word only and what God will show you through the three-step Yada process: READ IT. WRITE IT. SHARE IT.
It's a simple process that creates exponential results.
During your quiet time, you'll ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you focus on what God is personally speaking to you. You can start small with just a verse or two a day, but soon you'll find that reading leads to more reading.
Then you'll write what God is showing you in your journal. This can be as simple as restating Scripture, listing questions you have that you'd like God to answer, or drawing possible connections to what you're going through that day.
As you see how meaningful it is to capture what God is saying, you'll find that writing leads to more writing.
Finally, you'll share with your group what you are learning in your quiet time. Often this is when you'll have your "AHA" moment. As you begin to speak the truth of God's Word and what He's been showing you in your daily appointment with Him, new truths and applications will often be revealed. There is power and clarity in speaking His Word.
By limiting your group to three, you'll be able to create an intimate, safe atmosphere that will encourage trust and authenticity. It's easy to get lost in a big group Bible study, but with a Yada group, you will have time to share and be a sounding board for others in your group.
But what truly will make the sharing different is that no one will be there to pass judgment or offer quick fixes or answers. Everyone will be there to point each other vertically—to Christ—who will lead and guide and reveal Himself when you truly seek Him. As you become more comfortable in your group and see what God is doing in your life and in the lives of others, you'll find that sharing leads to more sharing. You'll see how God is showing up in your daily life, and you'll hunger and thirst for more of Him. Again, the results are exponential; they are more than the sum of the parts. You'll start with these five constants:
Three different life experiences
Three different books of the Bible
Three personal applications
And God will take your faithfulness over the course of weeks, months, and years and multiply your understanding of Scripture, work in your life in ways you never thought possible, and draw you closer to Him and others. When you begin to hear God's voice and witness others hearing His voice, you'll be encouraged to keep at it, to keep reading, writing, and sharing!
Remember, you have to plant the seed on good soil in order for it to grow. So, start where you are, do a little reading, a little writing, a little sharing, and see how God increases your understanding. It won't be long until the seed produces a crop with exponential results.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
—Matthew 13:23 (NIV)