Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 NKJV)
When new blood is introduced to the body it has to first of all be the right type, whether A, O, AB, etc. but that isn’t enough. The blood has to also be screened to see if preformed antibodies in her blood would fight against antigens in the donor blood. Basically, the blood type could be right but her body could still attack and kill the new blood cells, making her very sick.
As we encounter the words of Jesus, we are usually plunged into a “crisis of belief” where we must accept or reject his will for us. I know that early in my relationship with God I had several “antibodies” preformed about how I wanted to live my life. I told myself certain sins were okay and that there was nothing wrong with the way I was living. I rejected the spiritual tranfusion of God’s word into my life. But here is the truth; I missed out on the blessings offered to me by the life giving word of God.
So I began to willingly compare God’s commands to my lifestyle. In any area where his word and my life didn’t match, I acknowledged the differences. Then I began to pray and allow my heart to be softened to believe he was right and I was wrong. I prayed that he would help me overcome my faults. And lastly, I tried to do what he commanded. Sometimes I failed but even in failure I still compared, acknowledged, prayed, and tried.