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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In Times Like These....



Before I post on the Seven Keys to Understanding the Bible...

I want to post these songs that have a wonderful message and challenge.

In Times Like These

In times like these we need the Bible, In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One; This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!


Surely TODAY, this message is evident! People need a solid foundation, they need to know that there is a place of quiet rest, of peace and comfort. It is found in the LORD Jesus Christ and His Word.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Saviour, And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.


When you read the BIBLE...you SEE the LORD JESUS!

The WORD OF GOD testifies who He is...

John 5:39 Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

And Can It Be That I Should Gain?

And can it be that I should gain An int'rest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be...
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left his Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adams' helpless race.

Amazing love! How can it be...
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?



It is truly amazing, when we comprehend the great love wherewith he loved us!

He died for us and loves us...knowing what kind of people we are.

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, A light to my path alway,
To guide and to save me from sin And show me the heavenly way.

Thy Word have I hid in my heat, That I might not sin against Thee; That I might not sin, that I might not sin, Thy Word have I hid in my heart.

Forever O Lord, is Thy Word established and fixed on high;
Thy faithfulness unto all men Abideth forever nigh

Thy Word have I hid in my heat, That I might not sin against Thee; That I might not sin, that I might not sin, Thy Word have I hid in my heart.

God's Word should be seen as a precious gift that we desire to read and obey, because of His love and wonderful ways towards us!

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

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

THIS IS THE DAY....my heart is ever so humbled, knowing I have the very Words of God in my midst. May I never take them lightly nor his great love for me.