Series: Understanding Scriptures
A lot of us love hearing sermons, worshipping Jesus but when it comes to reading the Bible, we slack behind. I’ve heard common reasons like “I don’t like reading much”, “I don’t have time to read, so I just pray”, “I feel sleepy”. Let me tell you, it is by knowing (understanding) the TRUTH (the word of God), that you and I can be set free from chains, bondage and every weapon that the enemy attacks us with. That is why Jesus told those who believed in Him, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I know there are so many of us who read the bible, maybe every day, and still do not experience this freedom or closeness to God. Do you know why? It is simply because you are reading the bible like any other book, sometimes just for the sake of following what your parents or church or friend taught you.
That is not going to work.
Jesus asked us to ‘hold’ to His teaching. Holding on to someone’s teaching would mean to accept it, imbibe it and follow it practically in our life. No wonder He said that only those who ‘hold’ to His teaching are really his disciples. In Matthew, 7 : 21, Jesus said that in the end some will come to Him saying ‘we prophesied in your name’, ‘we did this in your name or that in your name’, but He won’t ‘know’ them. Why? He says, it is because they didn’t do what He wanted them to do. They didn’t do His will. The real disciples of Jesus are those, who by understanding His word and practicing it in their lives, do the will of God.
Know the truth and the truth will set you free. This truth that Jesus talked about is the very words in the Bible that you have with you in your rooms. The only way to learn how to hold on to God’s word is by meditating on it through prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit, by allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to you through God’s word.
Holding on to someone’s teaching would mean to accept it, imbibe it and follow it practically in our life. No wonder He said that only those who ‘hold’ to His teaching are really his disciples.
Too long and too many times, we see Christians struggle. Struggling to overcome sin, sinful patterns, an addiction, a broken relationship, an emotional breakdown, and certain ungodly traditional mind-sets and so on. But, the fact is that someone who believes in Jesus and has access to His Word and Spirit really need not struggle with these. If only we understand His word, the truth, all these shackles around us will begin to break and we’ll be set free.
The word of God is the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (Ephesians 6 : 17) and any sword is meant to be used to fight against enemies. So, the Word of God is key to fight all those enemies attacking you and tying you down.
Let’s BE SET FREE –
- FROM BEING SLAVES TO SIN TO BECOMING SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
When we meditate on God’s word and allow God to work in our hearts by making us obedient to His teaching, the WORD will sanctify us (John 17:17). The word of God in us will help us overcome sin and do what is right.
Paul says this in his letter to Romans, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness… But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6 : 17-18, 22).
Obeying God’s teaching redeems us from being tied down by sinful patterns and sets us free to live Godly lives.
- FROM DISOBEDIENCE TO PURPOSE
In Colossians 3 : 9,10 – Paul reminds believers in Colossae about putting off their old self (when they disobeyed and rebelled against God and His will for their lives) because they are now made new through the knowledge that they received in Christ Jesus.
Understanding scripture transforms us inside out and we will then know the will and purpose God has for us.
The word of God, as James puts it, acts like a mirror to show us what is wrong in us and in turn, we realise the right way and the purpose for our lives. When we understand the word, we are set free from disobedience and our minds our renewed to understand God’s will and purpose for us. And, we all know that if we pursue God’s purpose for our life, it will only bring forth fruit and fruit that will last. That is what Paul says in Romans 12 : 2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Yes, understanding scripture transforms us inside out and we will then know the will and purpose God has for us.
- FROM CONDEMNATION TO CONVICTION & REPENTANCE
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8 : 1-2)
Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins of all mankind, and through Him we now have access to everlasting life.
Paul is reiterating this truth to the church in Rome – that if we believe in Jesus, we are no longer going to be condemned but we will only be convicted of our sins for which Jesus has already forgiven us. God desires repentance from us, not guilt. It is true that you need to realise your sins and turn away from them, but in Jesus you are set free from condemnation and guilt.
- FROM DEPRESSION TO REJOICING
King David is pouring out his heart before God, and then He declares, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalms 16 : 11)
This path of life is God’s instruction and word that guides us into His presence that will fill us with his everlasting JOY. When we are depressed and low, going to God’s word and understanding ( knowing and believing) what He is saying, turns our sorrow to joy. It gives us eternal pleasure and not earthly or temporary joy, setting us free from the yoke of darkness that enslaves us (Psalms 107:14).
Beloved, understanding scriptures will help set you free from every bondage that stands against you. Reach out to God, read His word, listen to Him and obey His word, and watch shackles break away from your life.
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