{James 1:22; ESV}

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

We will be spiritually safe in our use of the Bible if we follow a simple rule: Read with a submissive attitude. Read with a readiness to surrender all you are–all your plans, opinions, possessions, positions. Study as intelligently as possible, with all available means, but never study merely to find truth and especially not just to prove something. Subordinate your desires to find truth to your desire to do it, to act it out!

Dallas Willard, Hearing God, p. 161

Questions to consider:

  • Why is an attitude of humility essential in our Bible reading?
  • Has the pursuit of knowledge ever been an obstacle in hearing God’s voice?
  • How can obedience lead us to experience God in a new and deeper way?
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