Towards the beginning of September, I was up early with a cup of coffee, hanging out with Jesus after Hubby went to work and before the kiddos began stirring. This particular morning, I felt the Lord trying to get a point across to me — something minor, yet really influential and exactly what I needed (imagine that!). The point was this:
When I don’t quite understand something in scripture, I must speak it, until I understand it, until I believe it, until I truly walk it and live it out with joy in my heart.
I am the type of person who, if I am reading and I come to something I do not understand right away, I must read, re-read and read again before I can fully grasp the understanding; but while reading scripture, if I do not understand something, I have found myself just reading it to say that I read it. Why do I do this?! Maybe I am not the only one. But, God obviously spoke to me and let me know that I need to begin truly comprehending all of which I am reading — even the stuff that I do not find easy to understand at first.
I wanted to share a few things about how I come to the full understanding of scripture in my quiet time (because, let’s be honest just about every book in the Bible requires full attention to comprehend the story and meaning of it all, with the exception of maybe the Psalms — I love reading in the Psalms when my brain does not really want to think — oh, did I just tell y’all that? Well, just being honest).
Reading scripture, praying it and verbalizing it, out loud, over our life is very essential (this is something that used to make me sick to my stomach – speaking out loud would make me anxious – but God is working in me with this fear because I’m finally giving Him the room to do so). I have not personally begun doing this until recently, but I have never before felt a deeper connection and closeness with God ever in my life. There is something about speaking truth into the mess, light into the depths of darkness. There is a power in this that nothing may hinder. When we speak aloud the truths of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, His peace will be a refuge for our fear.
Psalm 15:2 “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart…”
Zechariah 9:16 “These are the things that you shall do: speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace…”
Ephesians 4:25 “…let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
Believing what we are reading and speaking is another vital point. We must speak His truth until we believe the truth in its entirety. I am not talking about a luke-warm understanding (hello, I am preaching to myself here). No: I mean we must desire to recite these scriptures in our quiet time, meditate over them, chew on them and not swallow until we are sure we won’t choke (again, speaking to myself here). We must write these scriptures and hang them in our homes, make them your lock screen on your phones, making sure we constantly and consistently see these truths and promises so that we do not forget the depth of their meaning!
Deuteronomy 6:8-9 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Now, speaking and believing the truths may come easier for some; but, others might find walking in the truth and living this out to be slightly more difficult (myself, for example). This is where diving in and soaking up His precious Word becomes inevitable. If we truly are all in and desire to WALK AS JESUS DID, we will want to have time in His Word; our flesh cannot do this alone. Personally, if I am not in God’s Word as often as possible, I slip up. I make mistakes. I forget things and do not act accordingly. I basically become a bear (yep, you read that correctly). Then it all begins to go down hill from there. Without His Word, I forget about grace, I forget about His promises, I forget about His truths. The Bible is there for us to pick up and sink into, be refreshed and renewed, each day. Don’t get me wrong — there have been a plenty of days where I did not pick up my Bible. I remember how that made me feel and how I reacted towards things and I do not enjoy feeling and acting in such a way. There is so much more to this walk with Him and I desire to know more, feel more, and do more, with Jesus; because of Jesus.
Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth…”
Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
So, God has really placed it on my heart to open His Word daily, multiple times a day if possible, and concentrate — understand — believe — trust — and walk in His truths, promises and warnings; and I hope you will too.