"It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." - Bilbo Baggins, in The Lord of the Rings
I recently read a blog by my good friend Michael Rivera called "God's Invitation to Know Him" (from June 2 on Pastor Jer's Blog). He wrote that the knowledge of God starts in the Word of God. This got me thinking, and I wonder if God will only allow you to go so deep in the Spirit if you don't have a firm foundation in the word. The word is how we test what we hear and see. 1 John 4:1 states, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." Paul writes in Galatians 1:8, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Without a firm foundation, we will surely lose our feet.
God relates to us like a father, who will keep information from a child because the child may not be ready for it. He knows how we will handle certain peices of information. If He were to show us the whole picture we would be overwhelmed, or we would miss out on what we would gain on the journey. In the same way, the word is the foundation that releases us to go deeper. If we aren't founded in the word, we may be led astray by the simplest deception of the enemy. The word is the starting point in the journey, and without it we cannot venture out into new places. Do you want to go deeper in the Spirit? Then you must be firmly grounded in the word of God. It must be written on the tablet of your heart.
Other verses to consider: Acts 17:11, Romans 16:17, 2 Corinthians 11:14
"Father, I thank you for your word today and I believe that it is truth. As I study your word, I pray that it will be written on my heart. I pray for wisdom and discernment as I venture deeper in you. I long to go deeper and I pray for your guidance in the process. Give me a hunger and passion for your word today. Amen."