“Faith is commitment without knowing whether the object of your faith will meet your expectations. You have faith in an antibiotic and take the drug without knowing before the fact if it will cure your illness. The object of your faith defines your hope. The object of your faith is the antibiotic and you ingest it in hopes of it making you well. You always take your risks in the direction of your hope.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
You can approach the application of Scripture in two ways: First, from the perspective of “doing.” Doing is important to God. James says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” 91 I remember a number of years ago reading a little Inter-Varsity devotional in which it suggested application in the form of “a command to obey, a promise to claim, an error to avoid, a sin to forsake, etc.” You must do what God says.
Second, from the perspective of changing how you think. Paul’s admonition that you “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” forms the heart of biblical application; all else flows from it. What you know influences who you are, which in turn influences what you do. As James cautions, you can hear without doing, but this aborts the sanctification process.
Five hundred years ago the average person didn’t have a Bible to read. But then he wasn’t inundated by messages from billboards, television, movies, radio, and a plethora of other invasions of his life. He was left to the quietness of his own mind. Absorption of Scripture is an essential counter-balance to the background noise of the world.
Profound, permanent change takes place by altering how you think. Study the Bible. Meditate on what it means and the implications for your life. Let it “renew your mind that you may scrutinize and test the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
91 James 1:22
Numbers 7-8 Mark 4:21-41 (New King James Version)
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