Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
If God requires faith from us when it is impossible for us to have faith, then we would have the right to make an appeal to Him. But if He gives us the means by which faith arises in our hands, then the responsibility for our faith lies with us. God told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him. But He also told us how to gain faith. However, if we do not have faith, then it is not God’s fault. Blaming God for our lack of faith is nothing but ignorance. God has prepared the way that everyone can have faith.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. In order for us to be able to use the word of God as a weapon, we must study the word of God until it becomes part of our identity, or second nature to us. This is not a simple reading of Scripture, but a study of Scripture. Do you study the scriptures? How do you research?
The word “research” – is subject to scientific consideration in order to have cognition; to extract something from the “trace”; carefully, the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. If we want to know the will of our Father, we are to diligently, thorough research of Scripture study his word. Jesus became the Word in flesh, and he desires us to follow his example.
Conversely, there is a big difference between simply reading and research. For comparison, just reading the Word of God is like taking milk. This is usually common in infants. The study of or research is consumption of solid food. An additional example would be: investigation of the word of God, is similar to when you not only look at the contents of the table or smell the dishes but approach and take it in your mouth, chew the food thoroughly (crush it, soften it with saliva), at the same time you feel the taste, the food passes in the throat, and it is useful for digestion. In doing so, you are partaking in the communion of the Kingdom. Howbeit, the Word of god, will be a foundation for discernment, and growing in faith.
Strange, but for some reason, many people think that the prophets of old testament received revelations as a given, perhaps in a sudden manner. Many emphasize that God spoke to them through dreams, visions, and simply in the middle of the day, speaking in His voice. But an important point is missed – the prophets didn’t wait for the voice of God only. Peter says the following:
Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that not to themselves, but to us, they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.
The prophets did not sit idly by, waiting for revelation from God. They were busy researching and searching the Scriptures. Look at the fruits of their search and study of Scripture: “It was revealed unto them!” Therefore, God sent revelations to them, because they searched the Scriptures, sought the will of God, knew how to discern the voice of the Lord from the enemy, and knew their God.
…according to the good hand of his God upon him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
A great incentive to study the Scriptures! Notice that over Ezra there was a beneficent hand of God! Why? Because “Ezra set his heart to study the law of the Lord …”. Do you want to have God’s beneficent hand over you? Then take up the study of Scripture.
If you take care to plant the Word of God in your heart, keep that Word, but for a long time nothing has changed outwardly, then keep in mind, God wants to accomplish something great through you. Begin to study the Bible and you will see confirmation of this truth. The ministry of Jesus on earth was 3.5 years, however, He prepared for this ministry for 30 years. But over these 3.5 years, Jesus changed the whole world, for ages to come. All because Jesus has undergone serious training in building the inner foundation and seeking the face of His and our Father.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we cannot receive the Word of God. Ask God to help you understand what you will read and study in the Bible.