Line By Line

Paul’s stance is one that we can imitate. It is not wise to just pick and choose what we want to read, excluding most of God’s counsel. Otherwise, we will miss the truths that will set us free from the hidden inner strongholds that keep us ensnared.

In 2 Timothy 2:26, Paul explained another important truth. We are ensnared to do the devil’s will. Systematically reading God’s word will help us, “…come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

We are chosen, called, and appointed to do God’s will. Romans 12:3 says that we have each been given a measure of faith. 2 Peter 1:5-7 recorded the inner graces that we are to add to our faith so that we can prosper in our walk with the Lord.

Our progressive sanctification is a journey not a sprint. Isaiah 28:9 asked a question. It says, “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message?…” Verse 10 recorded the steps. It says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

It reminds me of building a wall brick by brick. Peter described it this way. 1 Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

How will we know what spiritual sacrifices are unless we are reading His word systematically? We wouldn’t. Hidden truth is there, but we have to mine it out as we read for understanding. 

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