Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why we study the Bible - continued


In order to understand the Bible, the condition of the heart is crucial



  • You must belong to Jesus
    You must have a heart makeover...a change of heart

Your spirit man was be alive and receptive to the unction of the Holy Spirit

Your natural man does not receive the things of the Holy Spirit of God according to;

Romans 8:7 “The natural man caanot know the spiritual and must be spiritually discerned.”

1 Corinthians 2:14 - words of the Bible are the spirit and life

John 6:63 – thins of the Spirit is follishness to the natural man

  • You must be hungry
    Matthew 5:6 “those who hunger and thirst for the righteousness will be blessed”
    Jesus promises to feed those who are truly hungry
    Promise is not extended toward those looking for casual snack
    We must desire pure milk of the Word like newborn babies – (1 Peter 2:2-3)
    As you feed on the Word you will begin to grow spiritually
    God rewards those who diligently seek Him – (Hebrews 11:6)
    Not every norn again believer studies the Word of God because they are not hungry
    Hunger causes true believers to search out the Scriptures
    Pure spiritual milk must be a craving
  • You must be humble
    One needs humble willingness to obey God's Word
    We are to be obedient servants waiting for our master's instructions willing to put the Lord's instructions into practice
  • You must be passionate
    The Word must be lived not just read
    The Word should not depart from your mouth
    You should meditate in it day and night
    Look out to abey the Word – (Joshua 1:8)
  • You must want to obey
    God gives commands in the Bible
    Obedience must stem from inspiration and not obligation
    For it to benefit us we must appropriate the truths and not just believe it
    Obedience is the basis of knowing the blessing and favour of God
    The Lord wants you to abey Him – (1 Samuel 15:22)
  • You must be willing to learn
    It is impossible to learn what you think you already know” - Dr Mike Murdock
    The Bible allows us to see living flesh and blood illustrations. The Bible is filled with mentors, learning from men and women of God, will allow us not repeat their mistakes: good behavior or bad behavior – (1 Corinthians 10:6)
    Those you do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” - George Santayana
  • Take the right approach
    There are 2 approaches to studying the Bible:
    • Read it like any other book written by any other author
    • Unlike any other book, responding to its commands, heed its warnings and apply precetps to our lives

You want to be encouraged by its promises, correected by its admonitions and transformed by its amazing truth.

  • The Bible is a miracle
    It's a compilation of 66 books, written over a period of 1600 years by more than 40 authors from different social backgrounds, yet the message is the same. Written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia and Europe, in 3 different languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramiac. It deals with subjects such as the origin of the universe, the existence of God, the origin and ultimate end of eveil and the purpose of life...

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