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Understanding the Word of God…

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Lean not on your own understanding of your revelation. 

Proverbs 3:4-6 

4 And so find favor and high esteem
      In the sight of God and man.
       5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
       6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.

My devotional the last two days did not bring me much revelation. However, RLFCs Wednesday night service, coffee with the Pastor did. Coffee with the Pastor is just what it sounds like, we relax in the sanctuary and discuss the Word of God over coffee and fellowship, after awesome Praise and Worship. We come with questions about God and His Word, and the Pastors’ challenge us with questions as well. It is an awesome time of worship, fellowship and relationship with God and each other.

The word Revelation came up as a cliche of the Christian way of speaking, these days. And if you are a Born Again believer you know that we speak differently than un-believers. And we do have a tremendous amount of key words and phrases that become over used. Like most cultures, and when a group of people decide to live in Christ, we take on a cultural way of life, like any group of people. Our culture is Love and Tolerance and God and the things of God. And done rightly and innocently we attempt to walk in this world the way the Christ Jesus walked in the world.

Back to the point…Revelation as a cliche word.

Favorite Online Dictionary

Favorite Online Dictionary

Revelation:

Pronunciation: rev·e·la·tion
\ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English revelacioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin revelation-, revelatio, from Latin revelare to reveal
Date:
14th century
1 a: an act of revealing or communicating divine truth b: something that is revealed by God to humans2 a: an act of revealing to view or making known b: something that is revealed; especially : an enlightening or astonishing disclosure <shocking revelations> c: a pleasant often enlightening surprise <her talent was a revelation>3capitalized : an apocalyptic writing addressed to early Christians of Asia Minor and included as a book in the New Testament —called also Apocalypse — see bible table
an act of revealing or communicating divine truth ; something that is revealed by God to humans

I use the word revelation when I come to a clear understanding of something in God’s Word. The Assistant Pastor brought up, at service last night, that we use the word revelation too loosely. I have to agree, being guilty of that myself.

The question was how does God guide us?…something similiar to that. From the Pastor to the congregation. A question we were all quick to answer: through the Word, by the Holy Spirit. All correct and all rote. He wanted to hear that we understood what we answered.

Today, there is a revival that I believe is at it’s end, in Florida. Many strange and non-scriptural things were preached and taught there. Strange doctrine. Jesus was not in very much of it, that I could find in the very little that I followed. For me, and many, the Holy Spirit rose up and identified it as false teachings, immediately. Others evidently, followed and were deceived.

The fact remains that God guides and teaches us through His Word first, by the Holy Spirit. And those of us who aspire to Christian living are placed under a Shepard who teaches the Word of God. So in comes the “lean not on your own understanding” and the revelation twist.

I read the Bible with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, in prayer. I have it clarified by the preaching and teaching of Mighty Men and Women of God, and I study the Word for myself. My revelations or understanding of the Word, may not be your revelation or understanding. However, I do not believe that there is room for interpretation of the Word. The Word will prove itself, upon study. If my understanding of what I am reading does not stand up to Scripture and Testament comparison then I am not understanding, I have not received the revelation from the Holy Spirit.  

I believe this to be a vital thing. God is not the author of confusion, so if I do not understand it, I have yet to receive the understanding of God, therefore I must continue to study and learn. And conversely, what I find to be revelation is not necessarily for anyone else. I am to recognize it and wait on God to fulfill it…I read an online devotional against beginning a conversation with someone with ” God said to me” or ” God gave me this for you…” We must be very sure, we must know that we know that it was God we heard from.

I was just thinking…while standing at the bottom of this well…

So off I go to enjoy this beautiful day God has blessed me with. And I will not lean on my understanding of things today. I give them now to God and He will be my understanding.

Blessings All.

 

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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