Is There A Better Way To Study?

In the Western world we study to effect our intellect more than our heart.  Our minds swell while our hearts are shrink-wrapped in an endless roll of facts and figures.  Is there a better way to study?  Yes.

Paul of Tarsus wrote:  “Study to show yourself approved unto God.”  This is not academic or intellectual study.  It is not study to learn a curriculum but to put together pieces of insight in a way that releases inner rivers of spiritual life.  It is not striving to fill the mind with information but seeking to have a better relationship with God.

We should study for inward change — in order to be transformed.  We should study to change our perspective, our opinions, our habits, our emotions; to overcome our issues; to improve our relationships with others and our relationship with God; to be inspired; to increase our love, our joy, our peace, our patience, our kindness.

We should study the lives and writings of people who have learned to effectively manage their thoughts, their feelings, and their behaviors in ways that release the love, joy, and peace of spiritual life, so that we can learn to do likewise.  Many of these writings are in the Bible.  The object of this study is a burning heart more than a puffed up mind.

The Holy Spirit wants to message you.  Are you logged-in — willing to receive His downloads?  Have you learned to be open to receive a stirring, a flash of wisdom, an inspiration, a hunch, a prompting, a revelation, an aha, an insight; 24/7?  Or do you find that you haven’t learned how to receive wireless Holy Spirit service in your heart?

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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2 Responses to Is There A Better Way To Study?

  1. david says:

    This is an excellent post Steve, really enjoyed it. And right on the money too I might add..

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