Word and Spirit
Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
Bible meditation is the diligent and careful consideration of God’s Word for the purpose of growing in the knowledge of God and for the obtaining of practical holiness. The believer uses his or her own rational abilities combined with Spirit-led illumination and heart-felt participation to engage God’s Spirit-inspired Word. We study the Bible to learn God’s ways, grow into God’s character, and learn God’s commands.
God has ordained that the eye-opening work of his Spirit always be combined with the mind-informing work of his Word.
John Piper, A Godward Life, Book Two (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Press, 1999), 184.
I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions. If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
George Muller, http://www.mullers.org/ .