Do you understand? In His Word 6-12-17

Do you understand? In His Word 6-12-17

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. Romans 10:1

Sometimes when we are reading the Bible we just don’t pay enough attention to really get what God is trying to say. Many people even pray the ‘prayer of salvation’ thinking they have to say the specific words but they do not really understand what they are doing or what it means.

To really get it, to really understand we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to be out guide as we dig in to the Word today lets look to see what we can understand about salvation and what it means to us.

 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. Romans 10:2-4

Many people think like the Israelite people did in the Word; they think they have to do the right things in order to get saved and go to heaven when they die. The truth is we do not have to do anything but believe!
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. Acts 16:30-32

In fact, it says ,“The message is very close at hand;    it is on your lips and in your heart. ”And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” 16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. 18 But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have:
The message has gone out, they have heard; but will they react to the message they here?
These must be the questions pastors and other Biblical teachers ask the Lord when they teach or preach; “Have they really heard the message we gave them Lord? Do they really understand what You wanted them to know?”
Having faith is to trust God to tell you the truth, did you know that? Faith believes that God meant what He said when he said that if you just believe you will be saved. And if you are saved you will want to live the righteous life! To here and understand what God wants you to know both in Church and in your Bible you have to listen with your heart and mind, and soul! Hey that’s how God wants us to love Him too! Its kind of fun how the truth winds itself around your Heart and mind, and soul and strength in so man ways we live.

So what does all this mean today Teresa? Why are you telling me this? 
I felt drawn to write about this topic today because in my daily reading Bible it stood out to me that so many people ‘get saved’ each week and then go back to their daily lives on Monday. I wonder if it’s real, I wonder if its ‘took’ to their heart and mind what they just did.

I can remember the day I told someone about my salvation. I may have mentioned before that I was saved with the assistance of the Holy Spirit and my Gideon’s New Testament; the Bible my mother won for Memory Verse work as a child. I did not get saved in church with a human to guide me in what to say; though I tried to at ten while visiting a church with a friend; I did not understand the seriousness of what sin was and why I was living in sin as a child. Though I know my son knew what he did at a younger age I personally did not yet understand. So at 18 when I knelt in my bedroom and prayed to God telling Him I believed it was not a specific prayer but it was a heart felt “Lord I believe in You” prayer and then I went to work later that day and found someone to tell.
I chose someone who was a known Christian at my work place. She was not impressed just kind of acted like “Why is she telling me this?” So it was not the big party I thought I would get with the response but God still guided me to a church further down the road! Eventually, a year later I started attending Church services at a church I used to see nearly daily and thing that God was there! Funny how the Holy Spirit was calling me even before I knew it!
I did not understand His voice until I chose to believe.
When we are listening to the Word taught, or reading it in our Bibles we need to have an open heart and mind to the Holy Spirit in order to truly understand what the Spirit is saying to us. God will speak to our hearts and minds via His Holy spirit, also known as ‘the Comforter’ that Jesus left for us. He will help us to understand what our flesh cannot comprehend, if we seek Him, and His direction in the Word today.  Lets make that our plan of the week, just as a start; pray each day and as God to help us understand the Word like we never have before; to know the purpose an the plan of each thing we read daily.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us understand the Word today and to know why You gave it to us in the words You put it in. Help us to understand what You want us to do with it, in Jesus name, amen.

Read some more: Romans 9:1-33, Romans 10:1-22, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 and Act 16:1-40