I know right… I get a new blog started and then I miss an entire week of blogging. I got caught up in some life matters that I had to give my attention too last week but I am back now and have my focus on my blog and ministry restored! Yay!!!!
Today I am keeping it simple and want to share about how I seek “The Kingdom of Heaven” and study for answers and revelation.
Many, many, many people walk around the earth with a “lack of knowledge” and ultimately that it what leads them down a variety of roads of destruction, or as the bible says they “perish for a lack of knowledge.” I personally made a commitment to look up every answer that I had a question too in the world “in the bible” and to ask God what he says about it and as a result I have gained the most amazing revelations. I “understand” a lot more based on the knowledge and wisdom of God rather that my “carnal” knowledge and what the world says on the matter. So what is my process, for a lack of better words….
#1 – I seek the Kingdom of Heaven by prayer – I pray in the Spirit and ask God for understanding based on what the Holy Spirit has interceded on my behalf for
#2 – TRUST – you have to trust the Holy Spirit and give your spirit the trust it deserves to hear from the Holy Spirit
#3 – Study – Go to the word of God and then use tools to help you break down the scriptures for their deeper meanings
#4 – Study Materials – This is a major key to deeper understanding of the word of God! I use a Dake’s Reference Bible, A Strongs Concordance, a KJV Bible, and BlueLetterBible.org
#5 – Journal – It is important to journal your notes, your “rhema words” from the Spirit of the Lord, your dreams (many of which are given to you by God), and your deeper questions
#6 Be led by the Holy Spirit – It is hard to study the word without being led by the Holy Spirit! There are so many places in the word with our answers that we need and on our own it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go in the 100’s of pages in the bible. They Holy Spirit can lead you to all the places you need to go, just trust Him!
These are typically the 6 things I do when I am studying and seeking God for truths. I want to a little time to expound on number #4 and how I use the study materials…
It is critical that you are led by the spirit to appropriate study materials. This is because you have men out there writing commentaries apart from the holy spirit using their own natural understanding. The problem with this can be that it is a “hit or miss” commentary. In other words, their attempt to break down the bible for others to understand is like them trying to guess at an interpretation of a letter written to them in a foreign language (that they have not learned) without an interpreter. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can help man to understand scripture. He is who you have to depend on. He is the interpreter for all things in the Kingdom of Heaven. He gives a “voice” to the scripture for us to be able to understand. Have you ever read a text message, or an email, and it sounded like the person was upset, or rude, but then when you heard the person say it out loud and you could hear their voice inflection the message was not rude or angry at all! Words written can have a dualistic meaning if you can not hear the persons voice to know what they mean. That is what it is like to try to understand the word without the voice of the Holy Spirit. The word, or our “love letter from God” can easily be misunderstood without hearing the tone of God’s voice through the Holy Spirit. In our culture if you capitalize words when typing it can mean that you are angry, or mean that you are excited, which is why it is critical to know the heart of the person so that you know which one they are so that you don’t misunderstand the intent!
Secondly, I used the Strongs concordance and Blueletterbible.org to get the Greek and Hebrew meaning of words. This helps to go back to the original meanings of words and their intent. I have found that MOST believers lack this skill and it drastically impacts how they read the word and understand it. There are words in the scriptures that have one meaning in our natural language but in “Heavens language” it means something totally different, so the correct interpretation is CRITICAL. For instance the word “invisible” in scripture makes many people think of Heaven as invisible, therefore they believe God and all things Heaven is invisible. The actual meaning of “invisible” if you go to the Greek and Hebrew to translate it means, a “physical distance away”, like how antartica is a physical distance away and is out of our eyesight. This misunderstanding hinders their prayer life because they believe they are praying to an invisible God. In our subconscious we are raised as children to believe that all things invisible are imaginary. This can result in a sensation as adults that we are praying to an imaginary God and discourages us from truly pursuing Him in all areas of our lives. I have seen this type of thing over and over in the lives of believers.
To use a concordance….
Many people are discouraged from using a concordance because they believe it is for “those in full time ministry” or those that are in seminary school, but it is no where near the truth! They are available for all mankind.
Secondly they are discouraged from using one because they do not understand how to use one. When you find a word in scripture that you want deeper meaning too all you have to do is open to the first part of the concordance and find the word that you more meaning to. Then look for the verse that it is listed in under that word. Once you found the verse that contains the word that you are wanting meaning to, there will be a number to the right. You will go to the back of the concordance now to look for that word, using the number listed. If the verse is a old testament verse then you will go to the Hebrew section, and if it is in the new testament then you will go to the Greek section to find the number. Once you have found the number there will be the “Greek/Hebrew” meaning of the word and its original intent. I say intent because the bible was originally written in Greek and Hebrew and we translated it into English so some words lost some of their intent when we attempted to interpret the word in a way that would make sense to use in the English language.
You can also use websites such as Blueletterbible.org to translate the meanings of words to find out what they actually mean in the Hebrew and Greek. The site is pretty self explanatory but if you have questions on how to use the tools I am happy to help!
To summarize, you do not have to go to school, or be “in the ministry” to study the word and become a deep knowledgeable “scholar” of the word. God told ALL OF MANKIND to seek the Kingdom of Heaven. He told all of us that his will is for things to be on earth as they are in Heaven. How can we establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and make things in earth like they are in Heaven without understanding Heaven and how it works. The only way to understand Heaven is to seek God and allow him to REVEAL his SECRETS and MYSTERIES to us and its by an honest heart that trusts the Holy Spirit and uses knowledge and wisdom to study his word that he sent us.
I hope this helps you to go deeper into the things of God. If you have any questions or would like anymore help on how to seek God in a deeper way please feel free to ask! I love talking about the word! It is my life’s greatest joy! Have a great day and God Bless!