One of the parts of the toolkit for any Christian is a knowledge of the word of God. It is not enough to hear the word once, but to know it well enough that it is ingrained in your life. I would never say that I am saintly, but the contninual dwelling on the word, day by day, makes a difference.
Because that you pay attention to is what you will end up like. But the word of God is more. It is living and active, and does not return without fruit. And it became incarnate, in Christ. Who has returned ot heaven, giving us authority to work in his name.
18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
There is a risk, if you have a high view of scripture, and upi temd tp stocl c;pse tp as plain an exegesis as you can manage, to see Christianity as completely intellectual. The problem then is that get too wound up our theories and models of who God is and what salvation is.
We would be better to accept it as a child does. Christ told us to do this. Perhaps our mind is kept too busy as a distraction. A general rule is that when people look at the footnote or the commentaries and neglect the text we are falling into error.
I should note that many dislke and say we shoudl expunge Mark 16. Parts of it, like picking up poisonours snakes… well, don’t deliberatley put God to the test. Paul was bitten by an asp and survived it. But recall that the word of God is active and has power. We see in this our hope, our salvation, and our knowlege of God. We see his promises.
And when we believe, pray and act… then two things happen.
The first is that we are mocked, gaslighted, depsised, and if possible jailed or in other ways removed from polite society.
The second is that hell tremble, for those who believe, pray and act bear witness. And that God will use.
For the salvation of others and revival. God, brign revival: our people are perishing.