Okay so Bill Johnson came to IHOP in april 09 and said this radical thing that’s been still resounding in my mind and I keep trying to refute it and I can’t.
“That which doesn’t lead us to encounter, only serves to make us more religious.”
I really feel the call around here to get in the Word and have it transform our innerman and dialouge it with Jesus. I am so grateful for that teaching here, because all around the body elsewhere, they are studying and it’s all head knowledge so they can preach it to others…. maybe try to live it out, but in a way that’s without Him, it’s just for Him. Religion.
John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” Unless when take the Scriptures to Him there is no life, no living water flowing from our innermost man where the Holy Spirit dwells. (John 4:14). So we want the LIVING Word to take us to Him, in to His arms, into an encounter. There is a place where the study can be a labor of love, but at the end of the day, it’s all about Him.