The Knowledge of the Word and Understanding from the Lord — An Excerpt from James B. Stoney

“Many are careful students of the word who are not effective in their ministry, because they trust more to their knowledge of the word than to the present help of the Lord, giving them “understanding in all things”. It is a fact that those who are great students of the word often depend so much on their knowledge of it, that they have not the mind of the Lord for the time. Though the study of the word and the knowledge of it are most necessary, yet it is not the knowledge of the word that makes the servant a true help to the sheep, but the Lord Himself giving him the “understanding”. Many are satisfied with the knowledge of the word, and unintentionally make it a substitute for the direction which can only come from the Head.”

 

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