Do we give the Word of God its rightful place in our lives? Do we let the whole counsel of God be the foundation & rule of our life? Or, do we only adhere to the portions of the Bible that suit our own personal preferences?
Here are a few thoughts on the subject by a powerful preacher from the past:
"There is a great need of earnest, prayerful study of the whole Word of God with a view to bringing all of our life into practical subjection to it.
"The servant of God in the New Testament is exhorted to "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
"It is not a question of following some favorite teacher or cleaving to a particular line of doctrines. Rather, it is giving the Holy Scriptures, in their entirety, that honored place which God intended they should hold as the complete guide for His people and the suited food for their souls.
"Nor is it merely Bible study that is enjoined, but we are called to be "doers of the Word" (James 1:22), allowing no portion of it to be a dead letter to us, but giving it all its due weight and authority over our hearts and consciences, seeking to walk in all that is written therein.
"How easy it is to make much of externals while habitually careless as to the true piety and sincere obedience to the weightier matters of the Word of God!
"The hour is late. The Judge is at the door. "The coming of the Lord draweth nigh" (James 5:8) Lowliness and self-judgment become us all. May we have grace given to discern the signs of the times, and to bow our hearts to His Word."
– H.A. Ironside (1876-1951) – An American Bible teacher, pastor, & author.