Pride is self-saturation. It’s a swamp of anxiety that is always on guard and defensive, but Christ-saturation abounds with inner peace.
Christians should be Christ-saturated not religiously masqueraded. If you’re saturated with the risen Jesus, only a Christ-like attitude will come out of you when life knocks you around.
It’s time to release Christians from religious domination so they can grow in their ability to interact with the living Jesus and learn to be continually led by His Spirit. Instead of trying to mentally understand God we need to humbly stand under His authority and let Him lead us moment by moment with His Spirit.
Every time we surrender (in deed or in thought) to our own desires, instead of submitting to God’s will, we step into the sin swamp of self-saturation. The only way out is to repent — to dethrone self by turning away from pride and humbly receiving God’s grace and forgiveness purchased by the blood of Jesus that empowers us to live by the Spirit instead of by our desires. See Romans 8:14.
To go beyond an academic study approach to Scripture to a revelatory approach of letting the words burn in my heart and renew me from within is powerful! It takes me past merely trying to mentally understand the Bible to encountering and being led by the living Jesus Christ.
I finally got most of my back coursework notes caught up for my own blog posts the other day, and I couldn’t help thinking that the Bible is fascinating and alive and more than my meager words can do justice. The more I learn and the deeper I dig, I find that there’s so much more to be learned and depth left to be discovered. It has been a humbling and inspiring journey. There is no limit to God or to His love in Jesus Christ. I enjoyed reading your post, and I pray that we all aspire for His Word to burn in our hearts as you have described. God bless you!