Be Open and God Will Teach You by Joyce Meyer - July 01, 2014
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said concerning
him, See! Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob],
in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity!
In some instances I think we need to open our minds. I think we
should be single-minded (focused on the will of God), but not
narrow-minded (unwilling to be open to new teachings).
There is a man in the Bible, in John 1:45–51, who Jesus had
some very complimentary things to say about. His name is
Nathanael. When we first meet Nathanael, Philip tells him that
they’d found the Messiah and he was Jesus of Nazareth.
Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (v.46). He was saying that he knew what the people were like in
Nazareth and no Messiah would be born of that stock. To which
Philip tells him simply, “Come and see!” (v. 46). In other words,
don’t make a judgment before you’ve seen for yourself. So
Nathanael went to see (v. 47).
God showed me that one of the reasons Jesus liked Nathanael so
much was because even though he had a preconceived opinion
that nothing good could come out of Nazareth, especially not the
Savior, he was open-minded enough and humble enough to at
least go see. I think a lot of people would get a lot further in their
walk with God if they wouldn’t have so many preconceived ideas.
What we all really need is to believe the Word of God.
You should read your Bible and see what it says. Be open to
letting God teach you and to learning. It’s amazing what we could learn from God and other people He places in our paths if we didn’t already think we knew it all.
Trust in Him Don’t spend too much time listening to what other
people say and miss out on the great blessings God has for your
life. Let go of your preconceived notions and be humble enough to see for yourself. Trust God to teach you—and keep teaching you—through His Word.