The simplicity and complexity of the Word...
"Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.(what does that mean??) But let a man examine himself, (what does that mean???) and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth drinketh unworthily (what does that mean????), eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, (woe...serious consequence) not discerning the Lord's body. FOR THIS CAUSE MANY ARE WEAK AND SICKLY AMONG YOU AND MANY SLEEP (die). 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 ~
What does this scripture mean?
"And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have a anything against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. BUT if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." (sin) Mark 11:25-26 ~
Do we hold on to unforgiveness? Is there ANYONE in our lives, past, we need to forgive SO THAT the Father can forgive us?
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12 ~
What does this mean? What is a principality? What is a power? What is a ruler of the darkness of this world? What is spiritual wickedness in high places? What do I do with this very insightful scripture and how does it apply to my DAILY LIFE?
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7 ~
What does it mean to submit to God? What does it mean to resist the devil?
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ;"
2 Corinthians 10:5 ~
What is an imagination? What does it mean to cast it down? What is a high THING that exalteth itself against the knowledge (truth... word) of God? What does it mean to BRING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST?
"Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge..." Isaiah 5:13 ~"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 ~
God's people suffered and were in captivity and destroyed, literally and spiritually, due to lack of knowledge. Can that be what is happening to God's people today?
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" 1 Timothy 4:1 ~
Why do the Holy Spirit warn us of this? What does it mean to depart from the faith? What is a seducing spirit? What other kinds of spirits are there? What is doctrine of a devils (plural)?
Last week, Don and I had the amazing gift of studying, dissecting, meditating on and chewing on the Word of God from 8:30 in the morning to 5:30 at night for five days. It was amazing. It was transforming and renewing. It brought freedom and life! The above scriptures are just a tiny glimpse of things we "chewed" on... dug into. We can read the Word of God like we glimpse over a menu at a restaurant before ordering. We miss SO MUCH. And that is Satan's plan. It is no accident. It is his plan... to keep us bound... in sin... and the consequences of that sin. What does it mean to really mediate on the Word of God and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds? It means wisdom can be found and we walk in the blessings and abundance that Christ offers us.
I can not wait to share some of what we learned with you. I will pray how the Lord wants me to do that and when. But today... laundry and unpacking and fall festifying of our home awaits.
Much, much love... Dawn