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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Even the Simple Understand

Do you sometimes feel that the Word of God is too difficult for you to understand? “The teaching of your word gives light,” the Psalmist wrote,”so even the simple can understand” (Psalm 119:130, NLT). The Word is too difficult to understand when you over analyze it with your mind instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to use it to change your heart. When you over analyze the Word, your attempt to understand it is done with your strength. You are seeking your own revelation. You miss the light it brings. However, when you read it and pray for Him to reveal Himself in it, He shines His light on His Word. Then it has the power to change your heart and life.

Even the simple heart of faith can understand the Word of God. Open the Word with a seeking spirit. Yes, study it with your mind, but pray to have the mind of Christ to gain understanding so you don't over analyze and struggle with it. Pray for Him to reveal His truth to you. Read His Word slowly over and over. It may be only one verse, and that one verse prayed over and sought after can impart a wealth of teaching that changes your heart. Persevere and don't become discouraged. Jesus Christ is the Word (John 1:1). So when you seek and pray to know the Word, you seek a deeper relationship with Him. Your perseverance in the Word opens your spirit to understand His Truth. When you persevere in prayer to know Jesus better, the Holy Spirit comes and helps you understand Christ through His Word. He sheds His light on what you have read, and its Truth becomes an anchor to your soul.

The Word “is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, 'Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?' Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, 'Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?' No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14, NIV).

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