Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Understanding the Bible




But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14


DISCERNED: to distinguish (comprehend) mentally...recognize as distinct or different.

We are talking about "studying" the Bible.

It is indeed a "different" book. It is a book of LIFE...HOPE...PEACE...ASSURANCE!!

God has chosen the Bible.. His Word...to reach man in his lost state. However, once a person has trusted Christ as his personal Saviour: the Spirit of God dwells within to give one understanding of the Scriptures.

The Bible says to SEARCH the Scriptures. In this search we find salvation...and also the "walk" that the LORD God desires with us.

Psalm 119 has many verses that exhort us in this walk...

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89


7 Keys to Understanding your Bible

Please note that the "KEYS" are taken from the book In Awe Of Thy Word...but some of the verses or notes are of this author.

1. KEY FEAR GOD
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Fear can be healthy. For a child to fear the edge of the cliff is healthy for his safety sake: he has a reverence for the cliff. And, so with the fear of the LORD, we understand his power, wrath and judgments. He is all knowing. No sin is hid from his eyes. We come with reverent fear.

2. KEY Believe the Bible is the very word of God:
Through faith we understand... Hebrews 11:3 (In Awe of Thy Word)

Do you believe it is GOD's WORD!!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:160


Man takes so lightly his Bible reading...and yet, he will scour multitudes of books for answers...from medical questions to any subject available! Yet the soul and spirit is eternal and the most neglected!

Can you imagine going to the doctor, he gives you an RX for your condition and YOU decide you don't need it. YOU don't believe what he says to be true. You have no trust in his judgment.

You must have confidence in the Word of God. The infallible truths and promises of God Almighty. Can he not write a book? He SPOKE the world into existence!!!

BELIEVE God's Word to be true!!

3. KEY PRAY
In 1538 the Bishop of London felt that study without prayer was like lungs without air- no life. (In Awe of Thy Word)


Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Psalm 119:76

Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. Psalm 119:26

Pray...asking God for guidance, understanding and assurance.

4. KEY BE MEEK
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

Meek: humble, patient, kind

5. KEY OBEY

...We are not to 'correct' it....
(In Awe of Thy Word)


as the song says...

OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you believe..

doing exactly as the LORD commands..doing it happily..

Action is the key do it immediately...on the narrow way..

OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you believe.

O...B...E...D...ience... OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you BELIEVE!


6. KEY READ AGAIN

many have read this little story:

A mother sent her daughter with a basket to the river to fetch water. The daughter complained because she did not understand the task, since the weak and leaky vessel retained so little. The mother told the teen, 'Yet, indeed, but the vessel is getting quite clean.'
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Isaiah 34:16a Seek ye out the book of the LORD, and read:

I Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

7. KEY MEDITATE on MEMORIZED SCRIPTURE
(In Awe of Thy Word)


Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statues: I will not forget thy word.

I can still recall some of the very first Bible verses I memorized. One being...

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

My husband led me to the LORD. It was the first time I had ever had anyone open a BIBLE and show me the truth of the Scriptures. I remember to this day...the "awe" of finding all the promises of GOD contained in this blessed book. It was my husband who taught me in my youth as a babe in Christ...even these same 7 keys. They are vital to a Christian's spiritual growth and understanding the will of the LORD.

The King James Bible is the most precious treasure you will ever own. It is mine.

THIS IS THE DAY....I thank my LORD for his faithfulness in preserving HIS WORD without error....for me to behold and grasp within my reach...to KNOW HIM...and rest in his perfect peace.

6 comments:

Sara said...

Thank you for this post Hope! So many times I take too lightly my Bible reading--I needed this gentle reminder to be more diligent with reading the Scriptures. Sorry I haven't been by in a little while-for some reason I seem to neglect blogs in the summer. I've missed posting though, and hopefully I'll be a more consistent poster.

Pam--in Estonia said...

Great post, Hope!

Under Southern Skies said...

Every time I come to your blog it is like a breath of fresh air. You offer so much encouragement! Thank you for these insights, I very much enjoyed reading them.

Joy said...

Hope, I just want to say how much I love your passionate faith in Jesus Christ. There is so much to soak up in your posts--they are so comforting, encouraging and inspiring at the same time. Your walk with our Lord is beautiful. I'm glad I found your blog.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Hope, this was a great post. I love the WORD of God. It means everything to me. Thank you so much for sharing these precepts with us. They were a great help. connie

Together We Save said...

Thank you.