It’s sad that the devil has successfully duped the church into believing that understanding the word as it was written is irrelevant. There are many who have put reading and understanding the word on the back burner in favor of a “revelation” as if they have had some insight into the word that those that seek the word cannot have. This is a classic trick of the word of faith movement who violate the word often, to make you believe that “personal revelation” trumps true word revelation. Understanding the word is a combination of study and prayer. You cannot raise one above the other. The church at large is imploding because of this philosophy that studying the word in the original language and referring to commentaries is somehow a fruitless endeavor. Don’t believe the hype! To stray from the use of scholars as well as the use other reference books to unlock the text of scripture in favor of some ethereal “knowledge” is called “Gnosticism,” a heretical practice that the early church condemned. Combine your prayer life with diligent and thorough study and you will find God’s truth. Remember…it is the word that frees us not our perceived “oneness” with the Spirit of God. Knowing the word is walking in his word, and walking in the Spirit requires understanding the word. We must fight the urge not to rightfully study the word and become diligent as not to fall for the wisdom of crafty men with worldly wisdom clothed in Godliness. As I often say in my radio show…DO THE WORK!
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