When I was seeking God earnestly to show me the truth, a voice spoke to me and said, "The first truth is this, get the log out of your own eye." Then, from within my own mind, flowed the thoughts, "and then you will see clearly how to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
Immediately, I understood that I had to walk with God and allow Him to teach me what it is that I need to do for the log to be taken out of my own eye. This excision of the log from our spiritual eyes is vital if we are to be completely free from sin and its inhibiting nature. Sin prevents us from experiencing the joy of Salvation, the love of God and peace of the Holy Spirit in every situation.
Memorizing portions of Scripture, not just a verse, but the text and its context, and meditating upon that is much more fruitful than studying the Bible to understand doctrines and theology. For everyone who believes that the Son of God has come in the flesh is saved. For everyone who does not deny the Father has the Son and everyone who does not deny Lord Jesus Christ has the Father.
The Apostle John is said to have been boiled in oil but, miraculously, lived; therefore he was banished to exile on the Isle of Patmos. The Apostle John understood what it meant to believe in his Savior and Lord. John's testimony was incredible. Yet he wrote such simple truths, such as:
- I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
- By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. (1 John 4:2)
- And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14)
- No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:23)
- He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne to his Son. (1 John 5:10)
Reading and memorizing the Scriptures and calling upon Lord Jesus Christ to guide us in the Holy Spirit is the only way to go. All who do this will find that they will be taught of the Lord and, individually, each one will experience the freedom that Lord Jesus Christ desires for everyone to have. There is no need "to study" the Bible at all; but it is to our detriment not to read and meditate upon what we read.
The Key To Understanding The Truth Is To Understand What God Wrote