Consider these four truth together like a magnificent collage:
We are created to glorify the Lord
Apart from Him we can do nothing
He does in us what He has called us to do
Without faith it is impossible to please Him
(Isaiah 43:7, John 15:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 11:6)
2 Timothy 3:16 Amplified says, “For every Scripture is God-breathed (given by inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, (and), for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).”
We can hear instruction, but unless we receive it in our heart, it will not be profitable. Romans 10:9 says that it is with the heart that we believe unto righteousness.
Isaiah 55:3 says, “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live…” We listen and hear through faith. A permeable heart is receptive.
Proverbs 2:1-2 says, “My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.” The inclined ear receives. Incline means to listen attentively.
Proverbs 4:13 says, “Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.” God’s word is our instruction book. It is only print on a page, unless we take it to heart and apply His words through our thoughts. Thoughts precede actions.
God’s word instructs us in righteousness. That is our holy calling. We cannot do it on our own. Yet, we have the Holy Spirit within who is our Teacher. Let us open our ears to hear and obey.