From my reading in John 7:1-27 in the One Year New Testament.
One powerful verse explains an important attitude to have for getting to most out of your time in God’s word. Jesus was explaining that his teaching was not his own but came from the Father then he said,
“Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” John 7:17
Notice that choosing to do God’s will comes before finding out if Jesus’ teaching was genuine. I believe there is principle here that applies to the way we approach God’s word.
First decide to obey, then open your Bible.
I believe this attitude of surrender will allow God to speak to us through his word in amazing ways.
In a sense, we give God a blank check and let him through his word fill in the amount.
We already have decided to obey so we don’t have to decide if we are or not for every passage.
Coming to scripture pre-deciding to obey lessens the battle in our hearts, especially when we are confronted with a difficult passage to apply.
I believe this state of surrender to God’s authority will allow him to speak to us and use us in amazing ways.
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