Monday, February 14, 2011
"STUDY GOD'S WORD; HEAR GOD'S VOICE"
Good Evening to All!
The Answers for last night's Bible Trivia "Teacher, Teacher" as as follows:
1. Gamaliel (Acts 22:3)
2. King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:25)
3. The Comforter (John 14:26)
4. Bezaleel and Aholiab (Exodus 35:30-35)
5. Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:7-9)
6. Apollos (Acts 28:24-26)
7. The king of Assyria (2 Kings 17:38)
8. Paul (Acts 19:9)
9. The priests (Deuteronomy 24:8)
10. Rabbi (John 1:38)
I hope you had fun, learned a lot and got ALL of them correct!
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
I, for some reason have always had trouble understanding what "rightly dividing the word" meant. Maybe, there are some more of you out there with the same problem or maybe I'm must dense. Anyway, here is what the NKJV reference says about it. It only occurs in the New Testament and it means to "cut straight" or to keep a
straight course. It says that Paul encouraged Timothy to handle the Word of truth in a straight way, like a road that goes straight to its goal, without being turned aside by useless debates.
Anyone who wants to to be able to hear God's voice must study His Word. For one thing He will never contradict His Word. He does not change. What He has said in His Word He will do and it will happen.
Another reason to study God's Word is so that we know what we are feeling or hearing in our spirit is from God Himself, and not the deceiver. If he did it once in the beginning, how much better do you think he has gotten at deceiving and twisting words around by now? He is so subtle he can easily deceive us if we don't know what is in God's Word. The devil and witch two words around and have the complete opposite meaning of what God wanted to get across to us.
It is so important no days that we know God 's Word. We ARE in the latter days, and the devil's time is short, so he's pulling out all the stops. He will trick us any way possible, so we have to be able to know when God is speaking to us and when it's something else.
God will never go against His own Word, so if you feel something in your spirit, but you aren't sure if it's right or not, get out your Bible. If it's not in the Word of God, then it's not right. If you feel a little uneasiness in your spirit about something you want to say or do, then it's not right with God to do it. That's not saying it's a sin, it just might not be the right time. God knows what is ahead for all of us, and so He may be telling you to hold off on buying that car, or not to say a specific thing to a friend or co-worker. There is always a reason.
The point is the more you read your Bible, the deeper the Word will get into your heart, and into your remembrance. That way, when a situation comes along, the scripture that would deal with that situation would come to your mind and you could handle it.
Reading your Bible isn't like reading a novel, that you read, and put back on the shelf to collect dust. It is a lifestyle. We read our Bibles to get life's lessons from it, to get encouragement, and uplifting. I guarantee you, if you will pray before you read your Bible you will get a deeper understanding every time you read it. That is what is meant when we say God's Word is ALIVE.
The more we study God's Word, the more sensitive we are to His voice within our spirit. This is because the more we read and study, the better we get to know God. Then we will start praying more and become even more sensitive to Him.
It reminds me of the "old saying" I hung on every word. The more I love someone the closer I listen to what they have to say. Of course when I was employed, I had to listen to my boss, but that's a different story. When you love someone, it's like they can just melt you with their words and you could just flow right into them. Well, that's the way it should be with God's Words. We should love Him so much that we hang on His every word. He wants us in heaven with Him and the ONLY way we are going to get there is to abide by His Word, but we have to know it first.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!