The expression “knowing just enough to be dangerous” applies to the Bible as well. Whether its a casual reader, individuals who like to study the Bible occasionally or a young student of the Word, its easy to make false pretenses. One of the more common mistakes occur when people think they can bow their head without confession or repentance, snap their fingers as if to say abracadabra and expect God favor’s to immediately arrive at their door steps.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity, Proverbs 3:1-2.
As king of Israel, God blessed Solomon with infinite wisdom, after pleasing God with his response in 1 Kings 3. This discernment and insight is the foundation for Proverbs 3. Solomon urges his son to do more than listen; rather keep biblical commands in his heart. In addition, the spiritual fruit of love and faithfulness must be displayed, adorned like fine jewelry. These core fruits of the spirit must take hold inside your heart until God’s favor falls upon you.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man, Proverbs 3:3-4.
For those in the process of this journey or just beginning, this does not mean God’s won’t answer prayers or reveal himself to you. Rather, the conditions must be right for favor to be released. When a soul embraces the steps below, God’s favor is no longer a wish; its reality.
1. Put Jesus words into action daily after your reading the Bible each day.
2. Meditate day and night on God’s commands so your heart absorbs them.
3. Put to death any aspect of the sinful nature preventing you from love.
4. Resolve to follow Jesus through thick and thin, displaying faithfulness.
by Jay Mankus