Because there's so much deception in our world, it is essential that we become grounded in the Scriptures. Some believers have accepted erroneous ideas simply because they haven't incorporated truth into their minds and hearts. But how do we go about building a firm foundation of righteousness?
The first step is to recognize that going to church and listening to sermons is not enough. You need a desire and commitment to begin letting God's Word shape your mind, emotions, and will. Think of an area of need, interest, or struggle in your life. Now find a passage in the Bible that addresses that situation. For example, if someone has hurt you, find verses about forgiveness. If you don't know where to look, check a concordance or the back of your Bible for a subject list.
As you read the passage, look for God's instructions, and begin doing what He says. Then observe the results. What has the Lord done in your life? What did you learn about Him and His ways? Once you've experienced the blessing of obedience in that area, you'll be ready to apply what the Lord reveals about other aspects of your life. One of the best ways to plant these truths firmly in your heart is to write them down and review them regularly.
One benefit of building truth into your life is freedom. Areas of sin or feelings of insecurity and inadequacy hamper us in so many ways. But when we believe Scripture and act on its truth rather than our emotions or desires, we'll discover that the Lord can overpower whatever holds us captive.
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