Excellent thread!! Read, read, read... immerse in His Word... read it, write it, speak it, sing it, pray it, rejoice in it! Even the seemingly meaningless or monotonous verses are His Word and have value.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
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Psalms 147:3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
Let me also say on the topic of wise counselors. It’s a good idea to sort of test or audition a so-called teacher before you trust him. See how he teaches on the simple things. See how passionate he is about Jesus. See if he is always keen to pivot away from the cross. Ask him a question you know how to answer, and see how he handles it.
If you start to get the feeling that he makes it up as he goes along, or he isn’t logically consistent, or he snaps when you ask a hard question, don’t put much trust in his teaching.
Their is something else as well. I have noticed ever so wise folks who teach or even on the internet .
You ask them a question and they answer it .
THEN later on you can ask them something else , AND they answer it , AND IT contradicts even what THEY SAID earlier . WATCH OUT FOR THOSE . YOU WATCH OUT FOR THEM .
They sensual , they know how to answer certain questions , but the truth always comes out .
I watch and listen , and I watch people contradict their own statements . IF they truly believed what they were even saying , WHY do they contradict even themselves .
See, they unstable . And they come in and know certain parts of that bible and they study HOW to answer different types .
THEY answer two ways . WHAT they THINK the person wants to hear , so they can seem established in TRUTH , when really they out to try and convert that person to THIER WAY of seeing things .
I watched as of late some on worthy . It was about six weeks back . AND BUTERO KNOWS the person , CAUSE BUTERO asked them questions TOO
and HE NOTICED they contradicted themselves . NOW folks let me go ahead and on that note warn us , IF FOLKS are preaching about some END TIME AWAKENING
YA BETTER FLEE THEM . Cause that is not what the BIBLE teaches at all.
The Lord can use different things to help the penny drop in a person's understanding....if it is the Lord using something by His Spirit then it is profitable at that moment.
I've seen God use some very unorthodox lessons to get His point across. He made a plant grow in the desert and then killed it with a worm to teach Jonah about compassion. We believe these things when we read them in Scripture, but we criticize people who say they had a similar strange experience now. We should never put God in a box by claiming He can only teach us in a certain way.
I think we should all position ourselves to the best possible advantage. Read the Bible front to back, know what it says, meditate on it, and be prepared for God to move. He tends to move in ways we don't expect. If we miss the lesson because we weren't paying attention, it's another trip around the mulberry bush.
Yes, the Lord can use anything that He has created....so that basically means anything in existence. Another example is that a couple of times in my life He spoke to me through a secular song. Now, that doesn't mean I should then start encouraging others to listen to secular music, or start listening to it myself on purpose in order to seek a word from the Lord. If I had done that, then secular music would have become an idolatrous thing in my hands. Yet, it's the kind of mistake that people sometimes do, trying to turn sovereign things that the Lord has done into methods or formulas. It's such a terrible tendency of flesh to want something tangible to trust in, rather than an unseen God, who we can't control. But there is no end to His creativity and power, and as long as we are looking to Him, He can be trusted to supply what we need when we need it, any way that He chooses. And His sheep know His voice, we will know when He is speaking to us. And if we aren't sure of His voice in the beginning, He will soon teach us through the consequences of ignoring His voice.