Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beyond Your Understanding



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1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT) But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit.  It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

Do you have a hard time understanding scripture? 

There are many possible reasons:  a hard-to-read Bible translation, no one with whom to discuss scripture, etc.  But perhaps one of the impediments is skepticism – approaching scripture already doubting its truth.  Perhaps you’re hung up on the virgin birth or Jonah being swallowed by a fish.  You doubt those accounts so the rest of the Bible is in question.

Jesus told parables knowing that unreceptive people would scoff while those with open hearts would ‘get it’.  Jesus said:  When they see what I do, they will learn nothing.  When they hear what I say, they will not understand.  Otherwise, they will turn to me and be forgiven.  (Mark 4:12)

Ask God to help you understand.  Allow Him to fill you with the Spirit.  Open your mind to the possibility that, even though not everything makes sense, there is overall goodness and truth.  Don’t get caught up in the accuracy of details, but look for what the word pictures tell you about God’s character.  Consider that He might be offering you a life beyond your understanding.

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