SUMMARY: Do not simply read a scripture and then move on to the next point. Make sure that your listeners see clearly the connection between the scripture you read and the point you are making.
HOW TO DO IT:
Isolate key words. After reading a scripture, highlight the words that relate directly to your main point. You may do this by repeating those words or by asking a question that invites your listeners to identify the key words.
Emphasize the point. If you introduced the scripture with a clear reason for reading it, explain how the key words of the scripture relate to that reason.
Make your application simple. Avoid commenting on irrelevant details that do not contribute to the main point. Based on what your listeners already know about the topic, decide how many facts are necessary to make the point of application clear and understandable.