"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord..." (Hosea 6:3)
If you don't know the Word of God, you'll live below God's dream for you. Your life wouldn't be the expression of what He really wants; you can't fulfill His desire and His plans for your life. There're too many who live on the basis of assumptions; on what they "think" the Word says, and not what it actually says, and that's sad. That somebody said something nice and religious isn't enough for you to accept it. Study it for yourself. Just because it sounded like something God could have said doesn't mean it came from God.
The Bible tells us something inspiring about a certain group of Christians in the city of Berea, describing them as noble:
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Did you see that? They didn't give room for assumptions. Whatever they were taught in the Word, they went back to the Scriptures to study in order to be sure that what they had been taught was in line with God's revealed thoughts.
You can't know the mind of God until you know the Word of God. His Word is His will and mind expressed. Therefore, study the Scriptures for yourself. Don't say, "What if I don't understand?" You have the Holy Spirit, and part of His ministry in your life is to help you understand the Scriptures. What's more? Jesus said it's your heritage to understand the Scriptures-- the mysteries of the Kingdom:
"...Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God..."
The glory and beauty of your life will be to the measure of your knowledge of the Word of God. It makes no difference how long you've been in church; your life can't progress beyond the level of the knowledge of God that you have. So, know the Word for yourself. Study, meditate and ponder on it; put your heart into it, because your whole life depends on it.
Dear Father, I give myself wholly to Your Word, and declare that my profiting is evident, as I make progress by the Word. Thank You for positioning me through Your Word to reign and rule over circumstances, triumphing gloriously every day, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: Mark 12:24, Joshua 1:8, 1 Timothy 4:15, 2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP)