Seeds of Promise Devotionals by Shenica Graham
Devotional: A Lesson From The Scholar’s Bowl
Read The Bible In One Year
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Devotional Reading: Psalm 101, Psalm 102, Psalm 103, Psalm 104; Psalm 105
Memory Verses: Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1 | Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psalm 103:2 | 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul. Psalm 103: 20-22 | He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Psalm 105:14
Maximize Your Bible Study (Part II)
(Related reading: Maximize Your Bible Study (Part I))
Truly, my favorite book is the Bible. The Scholars’ Bowl is a collection of Bible based study tips developed by divine inspiration (I Corinthians 12:8). It’s part of this nutritious breakfast…
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” Ezekiel 3:1
In studying the Word of God, it is important to know that you are drawing the right conclusions. This is part of what we see in II Timothy 2:15 as “rightly dividing” the Word of truth. Answers are helpful if we know what to do with them. However, we need to know how to learn also.
Yesterday we talked about memorization. Being able to quote the Word is a good tool. The Lord said that His word would not go out void – it would not be powerless (Isaiah 55:11). When we quote the Word of God, His virtue goes out to accomplish His Word according to our faith. The next level is learning how to receive revelation.
“Revelation” (beyond the book itself) is an imparting of the Lord’s divine “knowing” that only God can reveal for His purpose. This is what the Lord said to Simon in Matthew 16:17…
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
In school you learn not only that there is sometimes an answer key in the back of the book (especially useful when calculation is involved, since the presence of variables makes it more likely that people can have the same problem and get different answers (it means there is a potential for revelation AND misunderstanding – and this is also true in Word study. That is precisely why we need the Holy Spirit and teachers who are led by the Spirit of God). In school you also learn how to think. You learn how to build from the ground up, not just how to take a an end product and make it work.
A good teacher teaches you to make the cookies, not just bake the cookies. There are no secrets worth keeping in the subject of holiness. It is to be imparted fully. That is the point of God’s wisdom principle – that He upbraidedth not (holds nothing back). The most prevalent reason we don’t get all the lessons (if we don’t), is not because God does not want them taught but because we have not yet met the conditions of passing to the next higher grade. We have to do our homework and learn while we continue to apply what we already know to be from Him; and keep growing.
There are answers in the back of the Bible also – even when there is no glossary or concordance or anything else. We speak not now of the printed words, but the Word behind the words. What is the Word? A better question is, “Who is the Word?”
Taking this perspective on the Word helps us move from teaching only, to providing education – which is imparting the skills to empower a person to learn, rather than passing facts only. What would Jesus want us to do? First, see what He did. He imparted himself – His character, knowledge, wisdom AND METHODS to His disciples. He did not just give them a book with handouts.
Part of Satan’s attack on the church is to widen the disconnect between education and the Word of God. We have so many teachers and it looks like the students are decreasing. Not so. There are now more students than ever before and there are more everyday. If students are not learning, it will only make us better teachers, not worse, if we examine our teaching style, learn about learning styles, take some lessons from teachers who more than any profession, are taught how to teach. Just because we know a lot of facts about a subject does not mean that we are naturally good at imparting that knowledge with duplicability. Teaching is a skill. Some of us have to learn how to teach. The content to be taught is too important for us not to also be involved in learning.
We look at teaching the Word as helping people learn how to understand and empowering them to become teachers. God does not intend for the ultimate result of our outpouring His revelation to be that we become the guru and everyone else gets to sit at our feet. We are rather, training the trainers. Otherwise, we help create the mentality that looks for “answers” without studying; that reads one scripture and takes no note of context; that eventually dismisses the Word’s validity all together, since it “does not apply” to their situation.
Understand that The Bible implies God. We must apply the Word.
Someone told you that the “word of knowledge” was “adding” to the Word. You have read also that adding words to The Holy Word is punishable by adding the curses written in the book (Revelation 22:18). At this agreement you have ceased from intense searching of the scriptures, since when you receive a revelation you are reprimanded for drawing your own conclusion – that is, without the human teacher. God gave you a mind so you could think. He would not ask you to study if people were created to be sponges only. We are supposed to think and grow and change.
The Word of Knowledge is not an addition to the Word, unless it is fake. A true “word of knowledge” from the Lord is not an addition to, but an emission from the Word. The Word is not print in a book. It is God in the book. This is how it is a living thing. He IS the Word; and a true “word of knowledge” is an issue of His essence into the consciousness. This is the teacher God wants to create: vessels receiving his revelation, which impart His essence to other vessels – which also receive and impart; which again continue the duplication; which process proceeds without finality, until He comes again to receive us unto himself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I John 1:1
And the Word was made flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
And now we have the privilege of the Word indwelling, that we may be one with the Father through the Word.
I John 5:5-12
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Maximize Your Bible Study: Paraphrase. One of the first methods you learn in school after literacy, is how to paraphrase. You learn to put concepts in your words, in words you understand, to make them meaningful to you. What good is a word you can’t use? The Word is not supposed to be “just words” to you. God does not intend for you to read the Bible four score and seven years, then take another lap around the wilderness.
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