Perhaps the hardest work here is the most crucial. Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us not to be conformed to the world we live in, but to be transformed, changed, by renewing our minds in the Word. Inevitably we will learn things in the Bible that are at least unfamiliar, if not contradictory, to the ideas we currently hold. Test those ideas against God’s word. The Bible is our plumb line for what is right, and we vet our beliefs against the truth of the Word to test their validity, even those ideas we might have learned in the church or from other well-intentioned people.
When you brush up against a hard idea in the Bible, let the Holy Spirit be your Helper in seeking to understand and apply it in your life right away. It might be challenging work, but it is fruitful and will produce the blessings of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in your life (Galatians 5:22-33).
When it comes to spending time and energy engaging God’s word, God will bless your faithfulness no matter what verse, chapter, or reading plan you use if you will only stay steady. We don’t have to be perfect, in fact, we can’t be. But we can choose to be studying the Word more days than not. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 assures us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” As we read, study, and grow, we can be assured that the word of God is our source of truth to equip us in all situations in life.
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