"UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WORD"

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Scripture:  Proverbs 1:23  "I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you."

Have you ever had difficulty understanding a portion of scripture or felt there was nothing there to capture your interest?  However later, you heard someone explain it at great lengths and were amazed with all the details that had passed you by.  Their explanations were so rich with information and yet so simple to understand.  You may have envied their gift and wondered why you were not able to see the scriptures the way they did.  You may have questioned the secret to their profound revelations of God's Word.  The answer is simple.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit of God.  He is the teacher and He is the one who illuminates or gives light to the scripture, and without Him there is no revelation.

Luke 24:45 says, "Then Jesus opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures."  If our understanding is not opened, the scriptures remain merely parables and stories to us.  Jesus opened the Disciple's understanding to the scriptures when He was here on Earth, but He told them that when He went away He would send the Holy Spirit to them.  He said, "The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance" (John 14:26).  It is only as we yield ourselves to be taught by the Holy Spirit that we can understand and comprehend God's Word.  We yield ourselves by simply praying and asking God to open our understanding.  The Holy Spirit will speak into our hearts as we invite Him to read along with us.  

The Bible was not written to be a great mystery nor meant to lay on the shelf collecting dust.  God wants His people to understand what He has said and what He is saying on a daily basis through His written Word.  Luke 10:21 tells us that God has hidden things from the worldly wise and intellectuals, but will reveal them to those who trust Him with the same simple trust that children have.  If you want to see a profound change in your understanding, pray this prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-18
 as you study God's Word.  Then believe the Lord to speak to you very plainly and give you Heavenís revelation.

"I pray to the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of Glory, that You would grant unto me a spirit of wisdom and revelation. I pray that You would grant me insights into mysteries and secrets by opening up my understanding of the scriptures I pray that I might receive a deep and intimate knowledge of You,
And that the eyes of my heart would be flooded with light ..." +++

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