Funny how God has the most perfect timing. I was listening to a pastor yesterday from Foothill Church in Glendora and he’s been teaching on Acts. He made a great point when talking about reading and studying the scriptures.
Way back in Luke 24:45, they were taught to read and understand the scriptures. (Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”. Jesus opened their minds. Then you come up here to Acts chapter 1 and they are talking about the fulfilling of the scriptures concerning Jesus that Judas had betrayed Him. Let’s join Acts 1 in verses 16-20:
16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19 And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead be made desolate, And let no one dwell in it’; and, ‘Let another man take his office.’”
They had to understand what was expected of them and act on it. They needed to replace Judas as a disciple. And they do in the next verse. But Pastor Chris’ point was this:
They had to understand the scriptures and act on them before the long awaited Holy Spirit was going to come to them. Again, they had to act on what they were told in the scriptures before they would receive the Holy Spirit.
Now in today’s church culture, we are always talking about walking by and in the spirit, which we are commanded to do. (Galatians 5:16, 25) And I see people all over the place talking about it. And even going to conferences and events designed to have manifestations of the spirit which are popping up all over the place.
My question is simply, “Are we getting the cart before the horse?” I mean, if we are so good at putting off our daily study of the Bible, and we really don’t know what it says, how can we then be in the Holy Spirit and walk by the Holy Spirit if we don’t know and especially understand what the scriptures are telling us?
When we are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, how then can we make sure that what we are hearing is actually the true and correct voice of God? Funny you should mention that! It’s be holding it up to the Word of God. And if we don’t know the Word of God, are we more likely to get led down the proverbial garden path?
So here’s my point and my take away from all of this. It is extremely important to make that time for God each and every single day. That way when we think He’s telling us to do something, we can hold it up against what we know in the Bible and act accordingly.
So once again, I’m going to challenge you to take just five minutes today. Just five. Read His Word and take the time to examine what you read. How do you see God working in those few verses? Who was the passage talking to? Who was doing the talking? And How can you join in God’s work in the world today.
Let’s us girls make it a habit. Make it intentional. Every day. And pretty soon you’ll be surprised at how that five minute period expands with your desire to know more and more and your life will change according to what God teaches you personally.
I’m excited for what it’s doing in my life, and I know you will be, too after just a little bit.
In part 6, we will begin to look at a couple of ways to actually get into studying on your own.
So have a fabulous day!