There’s a lot of debate going on about government’s role in people’s lives. Many decry what they consider an over dependency on government in every area of life.
Sadly, I see a similar trend in Christian circles today: a growing dependency by Christians on what someone else says about the Bible. What someone else has written about how to ______________. You fill in the blank.
While I certainly recognize ministry gifts in our midst, such as teachers and evangelists, they are not to take the place of our own personal time with God and His Word.
The Bible says that the entrance of God’s Word gives light (Psalm 119:130). Light is knowledge. God’s knowledge is worth having.
Here are three suggestions for receiving the knowledge of God:
First, get alone with God. Talk to Him as you would to someone who knows everything about you, which God already does.
Sometimes, talking to God is easier than hearing from Him. Just remember that God also has things He wants to say to us.
My second suggestion is get into God’s Word for yourself. Just you, God, and His Word. The more you do this the quieter your mind will become. With a quiet mind you’ll better hear from God.
While all Scripture is good, our main focus should be on the Epistles-letters written to fellow Christians, from Romans to Jude. It is in the Epistles that we learn why Jesus died, as well as our rights and responsibilities as sons and daughters of God.
Thirdly, Get a pad of paper and something to write with. God will share truths with anyone who’ll quieten his/her mind to hear what He saying to ones spirit, including yours. Simple, yet rewarding.
Again, God put good teachers and preachers in the Church universal to inform and inspire us. But not at the expense of us hearing from God for ourselves in times of prayer and study.
If you’re already doing these three things, good. Perhaps seeing these suggestions will help you-or someone you know-to hear from God for himself/herself. While still being blessed from the preaching and teaching of those gifted of God to do so.