Today while listening to a radio program this verse in Psalms 119:102 caught my attention. Part of the reason is I was able to use it on another web site and I hope this will encourages the other people on that site.
When one is a new believer and begins to read the Bible. It can become overwhelming unless you have someone to walk along side of you explain it. Just like Philip and the Ethiopian. Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading in the scroll of Isaiah? His reply was, "How can I unless someone explains..." I am not quoting this exactly, but you get the content.(Acts 8:26-39) So Philip rode with the man and explained the scriptures to him. Through the Holy Spirit opening his mind , he was able to understand that Isaiah was talking about people being like sheep who have gone astray and have no Shepherd. So when Jesus came and said, "I am the Good Shepherd." He gave his life on the cross so that anyone who calls up on His name and confesses their sin and asks for forgiveness. Jesus will wash away your sin and clothe you in a white robe of righteousness. Now you are one of the Good Shepherd's lambs. The Good Shepherd will guide you in the way He knows best for you. Once you accept the Lord, it doesn't mean you become sinless. You will not want to sin and enjoy sin as before. But sometimes lambs will stray and become baaaad. The Good Shepherd comes looking for the lost lamb. When He finds the lamb, he picks him up and carries him home. Sometimes the shepherd will break the leg of a lamb so he will not stray and these stays close to the shepherd.
So as you grow in your walk and relationship with the Lord. The Bible will become a precious book, because it's God's love letter to you. As you read, the Holy Spirit will teach you the Word. He will help you to understand it and how to make practicable application to your life.
One application is that by knowing God's Word. You will begin to be able to tell if someone is teaching/preaching and presenting the truth of God's Word. Or are they falsely using God's Word and there is just enough truth to make them sound good. This is where it is so vitally important to be grounded in the Bible. Today there are so many variations of religions that do "sound good." This is how one can become caught because there is enough truth that makes it seems true. But Satan knows the Word of God and him is the Master deceiver. This is why we are strongly encouraged to know God's Word and to be able to stand strong and confident in Him.
The Holy Spirit will give you recall of verses as you need them. This is why memorization is helpful. You may not always have your Bible with you.
In Psalms 119:102--"I have not departed from thy judgements, for thou hast taught me."(Italics mine) The Lord will teach you. Yes, it's good to have teachers, but the Lord is the Ultimate teacher who desires to teach us as we spend time with Him.
Amplified Bible--" I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me."
NIV--"I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me."
Contemporary English Bible--" You have been my teacher, and I will not reject your instructions."
Psalms 119:104 states,--"Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." (Italics mine) The Lord will give you insight to what is truth and what is false. We need to be able to recognize His voice.
NIV--"I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path."
Amplified--"Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way."
In the New Testament, Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."(Italics are mine)
One more thing God says when we look for Him with our whole heart or total being He will be found. He will guide you into all truth! What a mighty God we serve!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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