You are either in the Word and the Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ, or you are in the world and the world is squeezing you into its mold.
Prayer is especially crucial when you come to a place in your study where you are stuck and confused.
So the real question confronting you now is: How can you afford not to be in God's Word?
The Bible is owned, read on occasion, even taken to church-but not studied.
If you are not thinking correctly, you are not living correctly. What you believe will determine how you behave.
Bible study is essential to spiritual maturity.
So the first reason for studying Scripture is that it is a means of spiritual growth. There is none apart from the Word. It is God's primary tool to develop you as an individual.
So it is with scripture. The word of God is there, able to transform your life. But you must probe for it. You have to penetrate the surface with more than just a cursory glance.
The genius of the Word of God is that it has staying power; it can stand up to repeated exposure.
There's an old saying that nothing good happens fast. I don't know if that's altogether true, but it does have some bearing on Bible study.
..Advantage of the Bible is that it is profitable for training in righteous living.
It Bible opens up the doors in your life, and provides a purifying dynamic to help you clean out sin and learn to conform to God's will.
The moment you come to a passage of scripture and say, "Oh, I know this one already," you're in deep trouble.
The reason God can't use you more than He wants to may well be that you are not prepared.
The point, do whatever it take to approach the Word with a fresh perspective.
Maybe you've attended church for five, ten, or even twenty years, but you've never cracked open the Bible to prepare yourself for effectiveness as His instrument. You've been under the Word, but not in it for yourself.
That's the way to come to the Word of God. Read it as though it were His love letter to you.
It's essential to growth. It's essential to maturity. It's essential for equipping you, training you, so that you might be an available, clean, sharp instrument in His hands to accomplish His purposes.
Just think about it: God wanted to communicate with you in the twenty-first century -and he wrote His message in a book.
The Bible is the divine means of developing spiritual maturity. There is no other way.
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