The premise of one of my recent classes was that if we want to be set free by the truth we must submit to the Word of truth.
John 8:32 says, Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
2 Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and if profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
How we come to the Word makes a difference in the impact it will have in our lives. I know people who read it as a good book (little to no impact). If we approach it as a good book with good life principles, even God’s Word, but pick and choose what we believe and obey, some impact. But the greatest impact for change in our lives is when we humbly come believing it is truth and that I must align my life with the truth rather than trying to make the truth align with my life.
God’s Word exposes us.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
It requires humility to remain under God’s finger, especially when He is pointing to a bruise, wound or scar in our lives. Our first inclination is to pull away because it hurts.
Until recently, I have not given much thought to the need for a spirit of humility as we come to God’s Word. I pray this will change my outlook and my attitude. Pride can even slip in our own personal time at the Throne. May it be banned from our time in the Word.
Lord, teach us to come humbly to the Word that You may teach us, change us, heal us and conform us to the image of Jesus.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.