“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
John 16:7

Sometimes, when people speak about their relationship with God, they may refer to having supernatural experiences which they believe validate their walk with Him. However, we need to recognise that experiences are never the first port of call when it comes to our relationship with God.

Our relationship with Him should first and foremost be determined by His word. Through His word, we know that we have His Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) which helps us to know more of Him (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-15).

To know God, you must know His word. Jesus showed a great example of this on the way to Emmaus.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Luke 24:27 NIV

Think about it. Which was easier? To say “Look! I am Jesus!” or to expound to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself?
This shows the premium that Jesus Himself, God in the flesh, placed on scriptures.

As a child of God, you should have a similar honour for the word.

Say this to yourself: The Spirit speaks expressly through the word, therefore, I hear the Spirit.

As you honour the word, have an athletic commitment towards upholding its truth. Paul talked about the unanimity of the faith, that we all come to the point where we speak the same things and have the same mind. (Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 2:2)

That’s God’s will for the church – that we are united in mind and speech. This should be our goal as a body of Christ.

Also, we are to be discerning of false teachings. How do we do this? Paul anticipated and answered this question in his letter to the Thessalonians:

“…but test them all; hold on to what is good”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 NIV

There are two distinct but equally important instructions here: to test all things and to hold. We are to do both. By so doing, our convictions are built.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 27:45-56, Romans 14, Psalm 69:1-18, Deuteronomy 27-28.