THE PRIORITY OF BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (1): RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD FIRST, BEFORE HIS WORD - Acts 20:32, 2 Corinthians 3:6

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Acts 20:32 - And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Previously, we mentioned that you cannot replace your relationship with the Holy Spirit with symbols of Christianity. You cannot replace Him with old instructions that worked in the past. The children of Israel made this mistake. The Ark of the Covenant had represented a major move of God in their history, and they began to think it was the ark doing the mighty acts of defeating their enemies. They thought if the ark was present, God was present with them. We must not repeat the same mistake. We must understand that everything in Christianity is powerless without God. The bible is not different from any other book if you remove the Author from it.

Acts 20:32 – “I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace….” Paul did not first commend the people to the word of His grace, before commending them to the Author of the word of grace.  Instead, he commended them to God first. Why? Because without God, the Author of the word, the bible becomes ordinary letters. Reading the bible can be dangerous by itself without the Author breathing life through His words into your mind. 

2 Corinthians 3:6

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

There are examples of people that have read the bible, believed God called them and have gone to do insane things because they read the bible without the influence of the Author of the bible. The letter by itself kills, but with the help of the spirit of God, the bible breathes life into you.

 

PRAYER: Father, I build a deeper relationship with you and I receive the influence of your spirit upon my mind as I read your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27; John 15:1-27; Psalm 119:49-64; Proverbs 16:1-3

 

 

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