Tag Archives: Study

What Have You Come Against?

When you make a decision to follow Jesus Christ, you will come against Satan’s first attack, which is designed to neutralize and paralyze you. Its design is to make you question whether a decision to follow Jesus was wise. He will use previously held relationships with unbelievers, namely your ungodly friends to draw you away from learning about Jesus and begin the process of walking in obedience to his law.

Expect the first attack from Satan to be long and drawn out. Persist through this first wave with success through massive exposure to the Word. Read the Bible voraciously. Start with Matthew and read as much as you can, all the way to the book of Revelation. Write your vision down. Read at least ten chapters a day.

As you read the Scriptures, God’s Spirit will begin the interpretation process as you read. Your understanding of God’s will for your life will begin to manifest and the voices of demons will find it difficult to get your ear. Keep reading and do not stop. No matter what you feel or what distraction Satan will produce, you must stick with your vision. Do not stop reading the Scriptures.

In order for you to be able to effectively wage war against the forces of darkness, you must understand your role as a Christian. You must understand God’s gifts and how to access them. You must know how to use your spiritual gifts to protect your heart, your family, & your walk with God. You cannot do this without first gaining knowledge. This is done through reading the Scriptures. Reading the Scriptures is crucial. Submitting to the text will give you access to God’s power. You cannot access God’s power if you put your feelings above the text. Some things you will find in the Scriptures will go against your evil heart, but you must submit to it.

Your submission to the read Word of God is your power. Transformation into the likeness of Jesus is a process. You can control its speed by how fast you read through the Scriptures and your willingness to submit in obedience to what has been written. The speed in which you learn God is in your hand. This is step 1.

DONE? I THINK NOT

The amount of material written and the amount of data and advice coursing throughout the immaterial world of the web, one would think there would be nothing else to say. However, I shall again add to the blog another saying. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh (Ecclesiastes 12:12). The wisdom of the teacher within the pages of this text declares that study causes weariness. Weariness because much of the data to consume is vanity and vexation of spirit. No one knows the time of their expiration or what will produce success or failure. Time and chance happens to them all. Because many events happen to the good and bad many or disillusioned by being good. Sometimes the sinner simply prospers in doing sinful things that bring attention to millions. Book deals are made and so on. Why be good if I can do evil and be rewarded? Because all things will be judged by God.

The day of ones death is not the finality of our existence. Done? I think not. You simply pass from this life into the next. It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Judgment? Yes! The Lord Jesus Christ measures and sees the good and the bad and without him, passing the judgment and entering heaven is impossible. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. If you’re saying right now that this is religious nonsense, think about how sin has affected your life. If sin has not caused you tears and shame then keep pretending you’re done. I for one think not.

The Importance of Good Exegesis

importance
The first most important reason for doing good exegesis is the Bible’s command for it. The scriptural reference for the biblical command for good exegesis is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 written in the 21st Century KJV “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This admonition is a result of the mission given by God for preachers and teachers to subvert hearers to the gospel of Jesus Christ and not things which vainly puff up the minds of the hearers.

Jesus leaving words were “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” The preaching of the gospel is of most importance and rightly dividing the word for the subverting of hearers is extremely important. I recall one day while my friend and I were witnessing on division street in Biloxi Mississippi, him badgering this one guy about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he went into arguing and the situation escalated and I was angry, because I recalled the scripture in Titus 3:9-11“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”

We spent considerable time with someone who was not worthy of our time and took this time away from someone who would have been more profitable to preach to. Notice how Jesus spends quick moments with the Pharisees and considerable time with the people he healed, delivered and set free, like the multitudes at the mount.

The second most important reason for doing good exegesis is the nature of the Bible demands it. Recorded in the instructor notes “Peter tells us himself that Paul’s letter “contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). A verse that I struggled with personally and not something I taught was Romans 13:8 “Own no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” I do not like debt. Many individuals say they do not like debt yet they have no trouble sleeping with $2000 dollars’ worth of credit card debt. The amount mentioned is not a lot but I had this amount and it disrupted my sleep. I used the above verse to mean that I was living in sin with this debt over my shoulders. Did I pay the requested amount every month? Yes I did with a little extra, but it still bothered me. The Holy Spirit convicted me about the verse that my interpretation was in error, so I began looking into what others had gleaned from this verse. I found many hold to the view I held as this appears to be the best interpretation looking at the text out of context and literally.

Good exegesis showed me that the text refers to paying government taxes and that the obligation of a contract is what is required in this passage and that the debt of love is so high that the payoff compared to what Christ did on the cross is not possible while on the earth. This gave me peace at night and the power of condemnation was broken and I was no longer imprisoned by incorrect understanding. As the instructors notes mention “misunderstanding the Bible can be damaging to your own faith, and others whom you teach and or influenced by your ministry.” So because the text is filled with things hard to understand we should take seriously our study of the contents in the original language as well as use other English translations of the Bible, so that while we preach to others we may save ourselves and those who hear us.