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Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

"You study the scriptures for in them you assume that you find life, but the scriptures point to Me and you are unwilling to come to Me that you might find life."

John 5:39-40

How is it that the religious leaders that studied the Bible day and night could not recognize God when He stood right in front of them in the Man Christ Jesus? An even more bizarre question, how could they use the bible to justify killing God? If this verse in John is true, that the Bible is a book that points people to Jesus and life, how can religious people miss it by so much? Does this still happen today? The difference is the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can open the mind and heart to the beauty of God and see the abundant life that He gives through a relationship with His Son. Jesus revealed this in the Bible when it states "He opened their minds to understand the scripture" in Luke 24:45. Unless His Spirit is present with us to reveal the Word to us it will become "the letter that kills" instead of "the Word of life". People with a religious spirit use the Bible as a battering ram to beat people with or control them with. It becomes an instrument of pain and damage apart from His Spirit. However, when the Spirit is present the Word becomes a "River of living water" that "heals everything it touches" as it was when Jesus spoke it. Jesus didn't use the Bible as a battering ram, He used it as a lifeline to those in need. The first mention of the Gospel was to a band of shepherds and it was called "Good news that brings great joy"! Often I hear preaching or speaking that is destructive, manipulating or at best "good advice", but there is no life to be found in it. The Word of God apart from the Spirit of God is boring at best and often dangerous. That's why you and I must pray over His Word and ask Him to do for us what He did for those early disciples and "open our understanding" to have revelation from Him through His Spirit. It is imperative to pray as David did "open my eyes that I might behold wonderful things from thy Word". Don't ever read His Word without Him present. The same Jesus that wrote the Bible will speak to you as you read it. Then you can say as the men in Luke 24, "did not our hearts burn within us as He opened the scriptures to us"? His Word is not bondage nor it it destructive. It is "life to those who find it and healing to their whole being". The last thing I need in my struggling state is some goofball preacher beating on me with his Bible. What I need is a "Friend of sinners" extending a lifeline to me.

Dear Jesus, please open the eyes of my heart, I want to see your beauty in your Word.    

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