How to engage with God
Today we can find hundreds of methods and tools to employ when studying God’s precious Word. For each of us, the time we spend reading, researching, and exploring Scripture is vital to our spiritual growth as a Christian. Wholesome comprehension of the Bible aids in a healthy understanding of God and His full character.
However, the Lord wants us to know Him intensely, just like He knows us. Therefore, the meaning we discover though in-depth study must remain aligned with the original implication and received through the perspective of our Father.
Scripture tells us the Bible is the very voice of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16a, we are reminded that all Scripture is God breathed. His Holy Word is not only a furnished resource, but His intonation and declaration of reassurance and support to assist our spiritual walk. We see this to be true in Romans 15:4. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through the endurance and through the encouragement of the Scripture we might have hope” (ESV).
The mere knowledge of His Word only scratches the surface to properly handling this precious gift (2 Timothy 2:15). Take the Pharisees for instance. They were top scholars of the Word and they had a precise academic understanding. Would you agree? Who knew the Torah better? Their lives were devoted to memorizing and interpretating Mosaic law in conjunction with its conformity and ceremonial acts. The Pharisees allowed their scholarly status to take on a legalistic stance leading them to believe works trumped God’s mercy and grace.
Quite frankly, this contradicts the accurate message of Christ Jesus our Savior. In Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) the Bible states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” Our obedience in following God’s law is from a heart of love and respect to Him who saved us and called us to live according to His purpose. It has nothing to do with following the law in order to save ourselves from the pits of Hell. We are not capable of this miraculous task.
Our God desires us to go beyond a Scriptural education. He wants us to see that awareness of Biblical information is only the beginning. The Lord’s desire is for us to understand our head-knowledge of the Bible will not fabricate an involuntary dexterity to live under His authority. God wants to saturate our lives with His voice. He wants us to state claim in a place where He can transform and refine us to become what He needs. He wants to find us inundated with Scripture engagement to a stage of saturation.
Saturation is far from involvement. It is an entrenched commitment to growing in relation with the Almighty Father and embracing a lifetime of refinement. Think about it this way—it is putting skin on our learning—clinging to the promises and attributes of God in order to carry out His commands. Sounds simple, right? However, I dare to say, it is difficult at best to give up selfish-control of how we want life to be let alone truly admitting we have a sinful nature. However, if we want to go beyond Scripture knowledge, it requires a complete surrender to God’s alteration.
Our propensity to permit Scripture to change us is not an easy task. It does not come without training and practice. We have to purposefully posture ourselves under God’s influence and exercise ways to allow the very voice of God to take hold of our being. It is a humble submission to becoming solely dependent upon His truth and allowing Him to alter our fleshly hearts, minds, and actions.
All this to say–Refining ministry knows the struggle. We have heard the pleas of many and know the essential need to practice saturating our life with the Lord and His Word.
Beginning this fall, we will be offering short half-day workshops-in person and online-to present easy and practical steps for engagement with God. Our first focus will be the infusion of the Father’s promises. Together, we will practice going Beyond in-depth Bible study to interacting with God and allowing our lives to be changed.
Saturation! A level of Scriptural engagement beyond surface knowledge. Get ready for a deeper experience of God and His Word.
More information to come…