Reading the Bible: the Word of God
The Word of God is not a book of ancient facts; not a record of God’s past revelations. God has spoken to man and He continues to speak to man. Man does not have to search after God, but God searches man out and reveals Himself to man; He does it through the living Word of God by reading the Bible, which is a means whereby God reveals Himself today.
To begin, the New Testament can be read as a two-volume work by telling us of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Gospel according to Luke and the formation of His Church by the Holy Spirit, the Acts of the Apostles. These two works allow you to avoid being bogged down in a lot of the laws and genealogy, which can be discouraging to the extent that you risk abandoning the reading of Word of God altogether.
We first preface our reading with a simple prayer: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9 Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and inspire you to correctly understand the Word of God. We may have to sit quietly for a few minutes and relax and put distractions out of our mind. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 The Word of God is the listening of God who loves us. We must learn to turn our attention to Him, whom we wish to hear. We must tune out everything else like television in the background, because we can only do one thing at a time.
There are many translations. Some of us rely on the original King James Version. Others prefer the more recent versions like the Jerusalem Bible. One should approach the reading the way you would approach a school textbook: read the entire passage or chapter from beginning to end, then go back and reread is slowly sentence by sentence using whatever study aids are available.
It is God’s part to do the speaking and to give understanding in our minds and touch our heart. Take the approach that this reading is for you, as if it was personally addressed to you. If the Word of God is from Paul then read it as if the mailman delivered His letter to you from Paul this morning.
God will speak to you and He will use words that we read. At first, you will read the Word because you think it is a good thing to do, but later you will read it eagerly. To some the grace is given gradually, but to others there is a sudden and dramatic working of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts will burn within us as we read with the gentle touch of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift we cannot attain by ourselves.
We must bring the right attitude of the heart to the Word. “If anyone loves Me he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him, and We shall com to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23 “If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 In contrast, the Jews who rejected Jesus rejected His Words:”You seek to kill Me because My Word finds no place in you.” John 8:37 or in another translation, “because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
Should any verse speak to you as if the Lord is speaking to you, you should mark it and immediately go into prayer. Alternatively, you can come back to the marked sections after your entire reading and reflect on these in prayer. Try to keep a balance of reading the Word and prayer.
God may also prepare us to listen to His Word in other ways later that day, or to recall His Word in a particular situation.
We may be moved to burst into praise of God, thanking Him for His love for us, praising Him simply for being Himself. The best approach is to make the psalms part of our prayers. You will find at least half of the 150 psalms express what we wish to express in prayer. Simply mark those who meet this requirement.
You will discover that you are able to pray for hours– going places in your prayer closet that you never thought possible. As the Word takes up residence in your heart, so will the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is the tuning fork that you use to accurately discern the voice of the Spirit of truth.
It is not an overnight process. You start by meditating on His Word. You will then be able to differentiate between the thoughts of your heart and the thoughts of your mind.
One successful interwoven way to pray is to use the ancient Christian tradition: reading, thinking, praying. After reading a portion of the Word, we think about it and then respond to God in prayer. This calls for very slow reading that allows us to linger over every verse. With this approach, there is no set amount that we plan to read, while we pray for all the insights that we receive from it. We enter more fully into the life of Christ.
These series of ten biblical quotes are called:
SCRIPTURE AND WISDOM: GOD’S LOVELETTERS
SCRIPTURE AND WISDOM God’s Loveletters can be printed and folded in a tent shape. Cut them out and place each in rotation where you do your personal grooming or have your breakfast. They are ideal tool to help you memorized them.
- To strengthen your fellowship with God.
- To show you the goodness of God.
- To build healthy, positive thoughts.
- To provide curative comfort.
You may wish to send a series of God’s Loveletter to someone.
OTHER GOD’S LOVELETTERS
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TO WHICH COUNTRY WILL FUNDS GO?
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BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Some Christian disciples use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.
2. COMPLETE SENSE OF PEACE?
After you have been delivered from evil influences, you will have a definite physical experience of a complete sense of peace.
Once you experience a physical sense of peace because of deliverance, you know that you will be healed. This helps you build up your faith, which is very crucial: No faith! No healing!
Some Christian disciples have the gift of healing. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions shows a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.”
- Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength.
- Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.
Healing and Deliverance (Ctrl + Click to follow Link)
- Abuse and Trauma
- A Vision of Hell
- Breaking Free of Controlling Spirits
- Can a Smart Person believe in God
- Cigarette and Drug Bust
- Deliverance from Depression
- Deliverance from Drugs and Addiction
- Deliverance from Prison
- Deliverance PowerPoint
- Divine Healing
- Do you Know an Alcoholic?
- Don’t be Afraid of Fear
- Gluttony is Not Merely Overeating
- God’s Protection and Blessing
- Healing and Deliverance General Information
- Healing and Deliverance Instructions
- Healing Hands: Father Melvin Doucette
- Healing of Relationships
- How to Keep Your Healing Once you have Received it
- Insomnia and Deliverance
- Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida
- Joy and Sorrow
- Let’s Start
- Lust and its Brother Pornography
- Physical Healing
- Power of Healing
- Prisoner of Unforgiveness
- The Healing Power of Jesus
- The High Stakes of Gambling Addiction
- Three Ways of Self-Deliverance
- Ungodly Soul Ties
- Ungodly Superstitious Beliefs
- Your Part
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