What Does The Word Say About You?
Hungry - Day 14
"...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come..." Ephesians 1:17-21.
Over and over Jesus told the disciples to have ears that hear and to pay attention and really listen. Jesus was referring to our understanding of the rhema (revelation) Word of God.
As I began to read the Bible with the eyes of my heart, every word began to jump out of the pages with new meaning. I couldn't even grasp it all, at first. So much of what the Bible said I was and what I was supposed to do conflicted with everything I thought I knew and what I had been taught.
Even though I had read the Bible my whole life and went to Bible college I felt like I was starting over in my Biblical training, only this time the Holy Spirit was my teacher!
I have discovered something about myself that you may also find. The first time I hear something new, I reject it. My brain says, "Does not compute" but there is something deep in my spirit that wonders, "What if it is true?" I wrestle with the new information, even try to disprove it, before I can accept it.
I was shocked to realize that much of what I use to believe was based man's traditions and not God's actual Word or precepts.
I had falsely assumed everything I had been taught was truth. In studying the Bible, however, and not just reading it, I discovered that my life was not consistent with what the word said concerning me.
I was living my life according to excuseology (all the reasons why the Bible's instructions on the Kingdom are not for today) rather than on revelation (all the reasons why the Bible is the same today, yesterday and forever!)
As I read about the disciples and the miracles that followed the believers, I had a profound realization that those "signs and wonders" were supposed to be following me. I was living a gospel that talked about power but I didn't know how to get past the talk and live in the actual power.
Challenge: As you read your Bible, start asking God questions and resolve to believe who God says you are and that you can do what God says you can do.
Taken from "Love Personified" by Deanna Rhinehart