- Believe nothing unless the scriptures convince you of it.... there are no grounds for believing what God has not spoken.
- Let the Holy Spirit penetrate your heart to persuade you... studying the word is studying a book but it is an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Act accordingly.
- Let the scriptures subdue your bold rebellion by showing you the majesty of God. Notice the language of, v16, rebuke and correction. God's word should require change of us since we are not living perfectly godly lives.
...in every sense, the growth of the church is inseparable from the spread of the Word,as we read it personally, as we gossip it, as we feed on it at home groups, in public exposition and proclamation. This is depth, this is power, this is spirituality.Matthew Henry says: O that he might love our Bible's more, and keep closer to them. If you want first century growth then don't try to chain the word. It is not chained and God will have it heard, even if the rocks have to start talking. Word people are life-people. Such people want nothing else than to live a godly life in Christ Jesus (v14) – whatever the persecution that follows. Seriously, what are we doing with that verse? It's a promise....
What does godliness look like? It loves the word of God and so trades money for persecution, love of 'pleasures' for the joy of suffering for Christ... Tasting and enjoying the word of God, equipped to face whatever comes. Make a difference in this world not by chasing relevance and style but by going for substance. Too much dessert is bad for you, but you can eat all the word of God you like. What'll happen? It'll just keep sizzling in your heart!
What's the place of the Bible in your life?
Pray – The Ministers Bible, p346 (The Valley of Vision)