Because there’s so much deception in our world, it is essential that we become grounded in the Scriptures. Some believers have accepted erroneous ideas merely because they haven’t incorporated biblical truth into their thinking and lifestyle. But how do we go about building a firm foundation of righteousness?

The first step is to recognize that going to church and listening to sermons is not enough. You need a desire and commitment to begin letting God’s Word shape your mind, emotions and will.

Think of an area of need, interest or struggle in your life. Now find a passage in the Bible that addresses that situation. For example, if someone has hurt you, find verses about forgiveness. If you don’t know where to look, check a concordance or the back of your Bible for a subject list.

As you read the passage, look for God’s instructions, and then do what He says. Next, record the results. Once you’ve experienced the blessing of obedience in that area, you will be ready to apply what the Lord reveals about other aspects of your life. I have found that a good way to plant these truths firmly in the heart is to write them down and review them regularly.

One benefit of building truth into your life is freedom. Areas of sin or feelings of insecurity and inadequacy hamper us in so many ways. But when we believe Scripture and act on its truth rather than by our emotions or desires, we’ll realize that the Lord can overpower whatever holds us captive.

Allen Tilley is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Carthage.

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