TO STUDY THE BIBLE !
There are many ways to study the Bible. Some people
study the Bible by “books” meaning that they focus on one book of
the Bible studying it verse by verse. I have done this myself on
occasion by I prefer to study the Bible by “subject”.
Studying the Bible by subject means that you pick a KEY
“word” that represents the subject you wish to study. For example
let us take the verse where God desires all people to be saved.
read 1 Timothy 2:4.
“Who will have ALL men to
be SAVED, and to come unto the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.”
Now from this verse the main subject is God's will that
all of mankind be SAVED, but the QUESTION is HOW does God save
mankind? We see one key “phrase” with two key “words”, which
is coming to the “KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.”
So basically studying the Bible by “SUBJECT”
involves doing “WORD” studies. Now in this particular study our
focus will be on the “WORD” study of teh word “KNOWLEDGE”.
But just so that you know salvation comes not by just
any kind of knowledge, but rather only comes from the knowledge of
the TRUTH. And not just simple knowing the truth, but RECEIVING the
truth in our heart by faith and never letting go of the truth.
Please consider the warning in God's word where some are
ever LEARNING, but never really come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.
2 Timothy 3:7.
“Ever learning, and
never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Then after learning and coming to the knowledge of the
TRUTH we must RECEIVE the TRUTH and hold fast to our faith unto the
end where the end is when one dies or the second coming of Jesus
which ever comes first.
Please read Hebrews 10:26.
“For if we sin willfully
after that we have RECEIVED the knowledge of the truth, there
remains no more sacrifice for sins,”
This passage of scripture is speaking to “HEBREW”
Christians or Jews who became Christians and the warning is that if
they go back to seek salvation under the law of Moses under the Old
covenant, then there remains no more sacrifice under the Old Covenant
for them to be forgiven.
now begin the word study of the word “knowledge”. To do word
studies it is best to have a good exhaustive Bible concordance that
was made specifically for the translation of the Bible in which you
are using. Early on years ago the only translation that had an
exhaustive concordance was the King James Version of the Bible. But
now some of the newer translations of the Bible also have exhaustive
concordances. And exhaustive concordance means that every word in
that translation of the Bible can be looked up like one would look up
a word in a dictionary in alphabetical order.
you find the word you are studying in the concordance you will find a
list of all the verses in the Bible where that word is found. Now
simply read ALL of those verse in their CONTEXT and write down the
verses that you feel relate to the study you are doing.
myself then read them all together and many times they seem to fall
in place in a certain order to tell their own story even without any
you begin a study in God word it is wise to always pray and ask God
to teach you the truth by his Holy Spirit.
have done this already and certain verses stood out to me so I have
chosen to begin with the word “knowledge” found in Hosea chapter
read Hosea chapter four, verses one through three and then skipped
down to verse six and we will focus on the KEY word “KNOWLEDGE”
by highlighting it in green. We will read this passage of scripture
from both the New American Standard Version (NASB) and the Kings
James Version (KJV). All verses used in this study will be from the
King James Version, unless otherwise stated. Also please notice how
the above underlines reference from the Bible is abbreviated.
4:1-3,6 from the New American Standard Version.
to the WORD of the LORD, O sons of Israel,(WHY?)
For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, (WHY?)
Because there is no faithfulness or kindness or KNOWLEDGE
of God in the land. (so
what happen when the people of the LAND or country lack the KNOWLEDGE
2. There is swearing,
deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so
that bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3. THEREFORE (or
for this REASON of the lack of KNOWLEDGE in the LAND) the
land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the
beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of
the sea disappear....
6. MY PEOPLE are DESTROYED
for LACK of KNOWLEDGE.
Because you have rejected KNOWLEDGE,
I also will reject you from being My priest. Since (or
BECAUSE) you have FORGOTTEN the law
of your God (or
since you have forgotten the KNOWLEDGE of the law),
I also will forget your children.”
here is Hosea 4:1-3,6 from the King James Version.
“HEAR the WORD of the LORD,
you children of Israel: for the LORD has a controversy with the
inhabitants of the land, (WHY?)
because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE
of God in the land.
2. By swearing, and lying,
and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out,
and blood touches blood.
Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwells therein
shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of
heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away....
6. My people are DESTROYED
for LACK of KNOWLEDGE:
(WHY?) because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE,
I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you
have forgotten the law of
your God (or since
you have forgotten the KNOWLEDGE of the law), I will
also forget your children.”
we get into studying this passage of scripture I want to point out
the three dots that I have highlighted in a light blue that is
SEPARATING verse 3 from verse 6. When ever you are reading a book or
a Bible study and you see these three dots together, either before,
between, or after a verse of scripture, then you will know that a
verse or some verses have been LEFT OUT for one reason or another.
this can be MISLEADING to the proper or correct UNDERSTANDING of the
text. However, in this particular case, verses 4 and 5 are more of a
distraction than a help to understanding the importance of KNOWLEDGE.
It is always a good practice to go ahead and read the entire CONTEXT
when studying the WORD of God.
context I mean several verses before and after the verse you are
studying. Sometimes even chapters before and after must be considered
to understand the subject at hand. With that being said, let us get
the the heart of the matter to gain understanding as to the vital
importance of getting knowledge, particularly the KNOWLEDGE of God,
or God's KNOWLEDGE.
very first thing we are told in this passage of scripture is to
LISTEN to the WORD of the Lord! When ever we see words like LISTEN,
HEARKEN, BEHOLD, HEAR or THUS SAYS the Lord, then we need to TAKE
HEED to what is being said. These are important words calling us to
pay ATTENTION to God's WORD.
The second thing we see is that the REASON WHY the Lord
wants us to LISTEN to his WORD is that he has a case against the
LAND. The word “case” here in the King James Version is
“controversy”, which means that the Lord has a legal dispute or a
point of contention, a grievance, or a cause against the land and his
people. In other words, God has a CONTROVERSY with his people and
BECAUSE God and his people are NOT in AGREEMENT, then Almighty God
CANNOT BLESS his people, and THIS is the REASON that there is
violence, swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery in the
land and among God's people.
then, the third thing we see is that BECAUSE God's people are NOT in
AGREEMENT with him and his WORD, that this CONTROVERSY is the very
REASON of WHY all these bad things are in the land stated in verse 2.
there is no faithfulness or kindness, or KNOWLEDGE of God in the
land. (so what
happen when the LAND lacks the KNOWLEDGE of God?)
There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They
employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.”
the fourth thing we see is that BECAUSE there is NO FAITHFULNESS, NO
KINDNESS, and NO KNOWLEDGE among God's people, then the result of
this LACK of KNOWLEDGE produces all the VIOLENCE and bloodshed, which
becomes the REASON of why the LAND MOURNS and shall LANGUISH.
word “LANGUISH” here means WEAK WILLED, to wither, to fade away,
to languish, to be feeble, and to be hot or feverish. When you think
of hot or feverish you thing of being sick, which is a weakened
condition. So then, NOT being is AGREEMENT with Almighty God and his
WORD causes us to become WEAKENED in our ability to RESIST the wiles
of the enemy and causes us to be weak willed in our pursuit to be
STRONG in the Lord to walk in RIGHTEOUSNESS.
fifth thing we see is that because of this LACK of KNOWLEDGE of
Almighty God and his WORD among God's people that NOT only are God's
PEOPLE DESTROYED, but the WHOLE LAND suffers, and by whole land we
see in verse 3 that along with God's PEOPLE being DESTROYED that
EVERYONE in the LAND, ALONG with the beast of the field the birds in
the air, and the fish are DESTROYED as well.
then, HOW IMPORTANT or HOW CRITICAL is KNOWLEDGE?
think about it, KNOWLEDGE is important in every aspect of our life.
Think about NOT teaching or not giving a small child “KNOWLEDGE”
to look both ways before crossing a street. Or for that matter NOT
teaching our children anything that will BENEFIT them in life, think
about WHAT this LACK of KNOWLEDGE will bring about in their life?
then, KNOWLEDGE in general is of VITAL importance, but even more so
is the KNOWLEDGE of Almighty God and his WORD of TRUTH, because life
in this resent world is only a vapor compared to ETERNITY.
I say this? Remember the words of Jesus found in Luke 10:17-20, which
“And the seventy returned
again with JOY, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us
through your name.
18. And he said unto them, I
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19. Behold, I give unto you
power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20. Notwithstanding in this
(in this WHAT? In
the fact that God has given you POWER and AUTHORITY over the enemy
and even the the devils are subject unto you in the name of Jesus, in
THIS) REJOICE NOT, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but RATHER rejoice, because your names are written in
see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we can be destroyed by
the enemy now in this life and still obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world
to come. And this is the MOST important thing.
we do NOT have to be DESTROYED by the enemy in this PRESENT world.
other words, we do NOT have to choose one over the other. That is to
say, we can have BOTH! So WHY are the CHILDREN of Almighty God
DESTROYED or suffer things that they have been FREED from by the
atonement and the WORD of Almighty God?
the answer is that they LACK KNOWLEDGE!
then, WHAT is the SOLUTION to this problem? If you said. GET
KNOWLEDGE, then you are partly correct, for you see we need more than
just getting KNOWLEDGE to solve the problem of being destroyed fro
LACK of KNOWLEDGE. We ALSO need to GET UNDERSTANDING.
then, with our GETTING KNOWLEDGE we also need to GET UNDERSTANDING.
But even having BOTH KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING is still not enough
to solving the problem of being DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE. For
your see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we ALSO need to
GET WISDOM, because the WORD of God teaches us the WISDOM is the
PRINCIPAL thing, which we will look at in a moment. But first I would
like to explain a little about the DIFFERENCE between KNOWLEDGE,
UNDERSTANDING, and WISDOM.
one can have KNOWLEDGE, but still LACK UNDERSTANDING. You see, one
can have KNOWLEDGE about and automobile having an engine, but LACK
UNDERSTANDING of HOW the combustion engine works. Also one can even
have UNDERSTANDING on HOW the combustion engine works, but still
LACKS the WISDOM or ABILITY of HOW to repair the engine, when it
ceases to work properly.
you not see that we need WISDOM in order to have the ABILITY to take
KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING and APPLY them to our life? WISDOM is the
PRINCIPAL thing as we see in Proverbs 4:7.
Bible teaches us in Proverbs 4:7 that WISDOM is the PRINCIPAL thing
and THEREFORE we should get WISDOM and with our getting WISDOM we
should also get UNDERSTANDING!
let us read Proverbs 4:7 in it's context by reading the whole chapter
of Proverbs chapter, verses 1-27, which says,
you children, the INSTRUCTION of a father, and ATTEND to
For I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law.
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart RETAIN my words:
keep my commandments, and live.
GET WISDOM, get understanding: forget it NOT; neither decline from
the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, (WHY?)
and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.
is the PRINCIPAL thing;
for this REASON) GET
WISDOM: AND (and
WHAT? AND) with all your
getting get UNDERSTANDING.
Exalt her, (WHY?)
and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do
She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory
shall she deliver to you.
HEAR, O my son, and RECEIVE my sayings; and the years of your life
shall be many.
I have taught you in the way of WISDOM; I have led you in right
When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run,
you shall not stumble.
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; (WHY?)
BECAUSE) she is your life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep
is taken away , unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more
and more unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they
My son, ATTEND to my WORDS; incline your ear unto my SAYINGS.
Let them NOT depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of your
BECAUSE) they (God's
WORD) are LIFE unto those
that find them, and HEALTH to ALL their FLESH.
KEEP your heart
with all diligence; (WHY?)
for out of IT (your
HEART) are the issues of
Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from
Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight
Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from
There is a lot in this passage of scripture! But for now I want to
focus upon GETTING WISDOM and with our GETTING WISDOM that we ALSO
GET UNDERSTANDING of the KNOWLEDGE that we obtain.
you may have noticed that I EMPHASIZE quite a bit in the studies I
write. I do this because these are the words to jump out at me, so to
speak, as I did this study on coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH. I
also add comments and questions like WHY? I do this wherever the
word “FOR” or the word “BECAUSE” is used, when the word “for”
carries the same meaning of “because”. In other word, because
whenever you see the word “THEREFORE”, then find out why the word
is there FOR or what is the REASON which comes either before or after
the words “therefore” and “wherefore”?
God questions as you read helps bring understanding of what you are
reading in his word. Also get a good dictionary and look up the words
even if you THINK you already know what they mean. I prefer the OLDER
and usually out of print dictionaries, because they have the OLD
English meaning of the words. I myself us the American Heritage
Dictionary, but an older Webster dictionary is also good. Any
dictionary that gives the older definitions that are no longer used
in today's world.
looking up word in the concordance you will find a number. Each verse
may have a DIFFERENT number to let you know that the English
translation was taken from a DIFFERENT Greek or Hebrew word. When
this is the case it is very important to understand that this
DIFFERENCE in the original language can effect the CORRECT
interpretation of the verse in question. We will get mean in detail
what I mean by this as you continue this study in God's word on how
to study the Bible.
begin by looking at WHAT the Bible itself calls WISDOM. We know that
WISDOM in general simply means the ABILITY to APPLY the KNOWLEDGE
that we have obtained. In the simplest term, this is what wisdom
means, to APPLY what we have learned to our lives. However, the WORD
of God reaches much deeper into the TRUE meaning of WISDOM. So then,
let us see what the WORD of God has to say about WISDOM.
read Job 28:28, which says,
unto MAN (or
mankind) he said, BEHOLD,
the FEAR of the Lord, THAT (or
so that, speaking of the FEAR of the Lord)
IS WISDOM; and to DEPART from evil IS UNDERSTANDING.”
in Psalm 111:10 we read,
FEAR of the LORD is the BEGINNING of WISDOM: a GOOD UNDERSTANDING
have all they that DO his commandments: his praise endures for ever.”
then, they that DEPART from evil and DO the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty
God HAVE a GOOD UNDERSTANDING and possess the BEGINNING of WISDOM,
because they have the FEAR of the Lord.
we some read the Old Testament they seem to forget that we, as
Christians, are under the NEW COVENANT where the words of God for the
NEW covenant are written in the NEW Testament. And by not rightly
dividing the word of TRUTH some have become deceived by the enemy to
be brought under the OLD covenant to keep all that is written in the
is NOT having a GOOD UNDERSTANDING of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
read in Proverbs 1:7 that the FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of
UNDERSTANDING rather than the fear of the Lord being WISDOM, which
some may see as if the Bible is contradicting itself, but in all
actuality UNDERSTANDING leads us to obtaining WISDOM. Either way the
Bible is teaching us the vital importance of the FEAR of the Lord.
For a deeper understanding of this subject please read the study
called “WHY do we ALL NEED the FEAR of the LORD?”.
FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of KNOWLEDGE: but fools despise
wisdom AND instruction.”
surface it seems like it is a vicious circle, so which comes FIRST?
Well for me, I think KNOWLEDGE comes FIRST. And I say this because of
Romans 10:14 which says,
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And HOW
shall they believe in him of whom they have NOT heard? And how shall
they HEAR without a preacher (or
an INSTRUCTOR in righteousness)?
And HOW shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How
beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and
bring glad tidings of good things!
16. But they have NOT all
obeyed the gospel. For Esaias (or
Isaiah) says, Lord, who has BELIEVED our report?
17. So then faith COMES by
HEARING, and hearing (or
more specifically UNDERSTANDING COMES. Not just understanding, but
understanding the TRUTH comes) by the WORD of God.
18. But I say, Have they not
heard? Yes verily, their SOUND went into all the earth, and their
WORDS unto the ends of the world.
19. But I say, Did NOT Israel
KNOW (or have
KNOWLEDGE. The children of Israel in the wilderness had HEAD
knowledge, but they did not have TRUE UNDERSTANDING for if they did,
then they would have RECEIVED God's word and they would have OBEYED
God's word to go and POSSESS the land)? First Moses
says, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and
by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20. But Esaias (Isaiah)
is very bold, and says, I was found of them that sought me not; I was
made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands
unto a disobedient and gain saying people.”
see, KNOWING or just having KNOWLEDGE is NOT the SOLUTION to being
DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE. One can KNOW that there is a God,
but this KNOWLEDGE or KNOWING that there is a God is NOT a solution
for being destroyed for LACK of KNOWLEDGE. Even most all atheist have
KNOWLEDGE that there is a God, but they do not RECEIVE this knowledge
and being the TRUTH.
this may sound a bit confusing at first, but if you will stick with
me it will all come together before this study is completed.
we see from Romans 10 that Israel did in fact KNOW or have KNOWLEDGE
of God and his commandments, but yet God REJECTED them. WHY? BECAUSE
they did NOT APPLY the KNOWLEDGE that they had been
given by the INSTRUCTORS, the prophets, and priests, and judges, and
such. They did not KEEP the WORD of the Lord in their hearts to OBEY
all that God had INSTRUCTED them to DO. In short they did NOT
APPLYING the KNOWLEDGE of God's WORD is WISDOM. Having
wisdom is having the ability to APPLY knowledge and understanding to
produce a POSITIVE result.
go to Hebrews 4:1,2 which says,
us therefore FEAR, lest (or
for fear that), a PROMISE (or
that which has ALREADY been PROVIDED for us of Almighty God or) being
left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come
short of it.
2. For unto us was the gospel
PREACHED (or we
were given KNOWLEDGE), as well as unto them (or
in other words, they HEARD that same WORD taught to them that is
taught to us): but the WORD preached (or
the KNOWLEDGE that they obtained) did NOT profit
them, (WHY?) NOT
being MIXED with FAITH in them that HEARD it.”
then, here we see the vital importance of BELIEVING or having FAITH
in the WORD of God. For you see, it is through FAITH or BELIEVING the
WORD of KNOWLEDGE that we have obtained through teaching and
preaching is APPLIED to our lives, which is WISDOM.
11:6 teaches us that we just first believe that God IS and that he is
the REWARDER of them that diligently seek him. And is this same verse
we also learn that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without FAITH.
WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE him: for he that comes to
God MUST BELIEVE that he IS, and that he is a REWARDER of them that
DILIGENTLY SEEK him.”
this verse we see that God IS and that he IS a REWARDER of those who
DILIGENTLY SEEK him, which teaches us that KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING,
and WISDOM does not come without some EFFORT on our part.
that being said, let us look at some of the verses of scripture that
implore us to SEEK after KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM.
read Psalm 51:6, which teaches us that God not only desires that our
hearts possess the word of TRUTH, but that God will GIVE or to make
us know WISDOM.
you desire TRUTH in the inward parts (or
our hearts): and in the
hidden part (or
in my heart or inner man)
you shall make me to know WISDOM.”
then, when the word of TRUTH gets into our HEARTS or in our INNER
man, then God makes us to know WISDOM or how to APPLY this knowledge
of the TRUTH to our lives. Just having HEAD knowledge about the
things of God will not PRODUCE the positive result that we desire.
reading and meditating on God's word brings us to a place where we
make what I call a “QUALITY DECISION”. What I mean by this is
that we reach a crossroad, so to speak, where we must decide if God
is a liar or his word is TRUTH. When my daughter was born she was
born with a defect and the doctor said that if she did not receive
immediate surgery she would be dead in nine days. My wife was very
fearful for our new born four week old baby daughter to have surgery,
so we agreed to BELIEVE God for our daughters healing.
had only just recently became a Christian less the two years and I
was only still learning about divine healing, but I knew enough to
know in my HEAD that God word is TRUE. I had already been healed of
things like colds and the flue, but this was a LIFE and death matter
for our daughter. We were both in agreement and we began with our
saying head knowledge because I want you to see HOW my head knowledge
became HEART FAITH.
doctor gave us a list of things that would take place during these
nine days. By list I mean symptoms that would occur in our daughter
and by nine days she would be dead.
HEADS we expected our daughter to be healed on day one or by day two
at the latest. I began to fast and pray on day one taking authority
of the sickness in the name of Jesus. We both had the understanding
that healing was not always instant, but nothing tried my faith more
than this trial.
seven full days and nights of fasting I broke my fasting on day
eight. This was the last day we had, because ALL of the symptoms the
doctor laid out before us came to pass just like he said they would
so we were within the last hours to receive our daughters healing.
down that evening after work and read all the verses I knew at the
time on healing and I took my Bible and help it up to God and said to
him. “If words, mean anything at all, then according to YOUR WORDS
God my daughter is healed. Now if she dies, then I will hold YOU
ACCOUNTABLE on the day of judgement.”
I got right in God's face, so to speak, and then it hit me. A KNOWING
came withing me. Suddenly I KNEW that I would NOT have to hold God
accountable on the day of judgement, because I KNEW that my daughter was HEALED just like God's word states that with his stripes we ARE
HEALED. I had PEACE even though nothing changed with our daughters
my wife, as in, I FORETOLD to my wife exactly what would happen. I
said to her that our daughter IS healed. I said I will go to work
tomorrow, the NINTH day, and when I come home our daughter will be
perfectly healed with NO MORE symptoms. I rejoiced all day at work
that nest day and when I came home it was just as I prophesied it
would be. NO MORE symptoms. Our daughter was healed and today she has
two daughters of her own.
Christians have HEAD knowledge only and this is one reasons of why
some Christians are destroyed by the enemy. The lacking of knowledge
goes DEEPER to mean lacking HEART FAITH. You see dear child of God,
just TRYING to believe is not having heart knowledge, which is KNOWING
that you KNOW that you know deep within you having a peace that
passes all natural understanding.
teach us to number our days, (WHY?)
so that) we may APPLY
our hearts unto WISDOM.”
in the context, this verse is speaking about APPLYING our hearts to
WISDOM in KNOWING that the NUMBER of the days of man is 70 to 80
years of age, so that the enemy will not steal or cut short our life
through sickness and disease. For a deeper understanding on this
subject, please read the study entitled, “OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED”,
but for now let us continue with reading the word of God that teaches
us to DILIGENTLY SEEK after KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, and WISDOM.
read Proverbs 2:1-22 which says,
if you will RECEIVE
my WORDS, and HIDE my commandments with you (or
hide my commandments in your HEART);
2. So that
you incline your ear unto WISDOM, and APPLY
your heart to understanding;
3. Yea, if
you cry after (or
pray for and seek after)
KNOWLEDGE, and lift up your voice for UNDERSTANDING; (And
this is what I did on that eight day, when our daughter only had one
day left according to the doctor. In my dialog to God I was saying I
do not understand why my daughter is not healed yet because if words
mean ANYTHING at all, then according to your word she is healed, BUT
she is still having all the symptoms and time is running out! In
other words, I need understand NOW Lord and it cannot WAIT any longer!
This is what the CRY of my heart was to God. And instantly the ANSWER
came. God gave me a WITNESS in my HEART. My head knowledge BECAME
HEART knowledge, a KNOWING, a PEACE, and assurance that cannot be
explain in words, but must be EXPERIENCED personally.)
4. If you
SEEK her (wisdom)
as silver, and SEARCH for
as for hid treasures;
shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the KNOWLEDGE of
6. For the
LORD GIVES WISDOM: out of his mouth comes KNOWLEDGE and
7. He lays
WISDOM for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk
8. He keeps the paths of
judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.
9. Then shall you UNDERSTAND
righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
into your HEART, and
KNOWLEDGE is pleasant unto your SOUL;
11. Discretion shall preserve
you, (the word
translated as discretion here means purpose, which stresses what God
thinks to be he PURPOSES by his spoken word to be and it will be as
God has spoken. I did not know this meaning at that time in my life,
but now that I do know it I am blessed all the more to understand
God's FAITHFULNESS to his WORD. God must produce what he has SPOKEN.
In other words, not ALL of mankind will be saved even though it is
God's WILL for all of mankind to be saved. God himself SPOKE in his
WORD that it pleased him that BY the foolishness of PREACHING that
men be saved who BELIEVE.)
shall keep you: (so
understanding that God's word must be BELIEVED before salvation comes
or is RECEIVED shall keep you BELIEVING unto the END. The end in the
case of healing is when one receives their healing in the physical
and all symptoms are no more. The word translated as “saved” also
means to be healed and made whole. Now the context here is speaking of
God's word keeping us from sin. We must BELIEVE that we can and WILL
live free from sin and this understanding will KEEP us from sinning)
12. To deliver you from the
way of the evil man, from the man that speaks froward things;
13. Who leave the paths of
uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14. Who rejoice to do evil,
and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15. Whose ways are crooked,
and they froward in their paths:
16. To deliver you from the
strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;
17. Which forsakes the guide
of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
18. For her house inclines
unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19. None that go unto her
return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20. That you may walk in the
way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21. For the upright shall
dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22. But the wicked shall be
cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of
there is a lot in this passage of scripture, but our focus for now is
the SEEKING after KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, and WISDOM.
read Proverbs 3:13-18, which teaches us that happy are those that
FIND WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. I have heard through the years where
Christian ask WHY? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does
God allow tragedy? Some even BLAME God for everything that happens.
But for me this never set very well in my spirit so I pursued a
deeper UNDERSTANDING and the Holy Spirit showed me something that has
truly blessed and help me UNDERSTAND the reason WHY God allows many
things even though it is NOT his WILL for them to be. I encourage you
to read the study that I have entitled “UNDERSTANDING WHY”, but
for now please read
3:13-18 which says,
is the man that FINDS WISDOM, and the man that GETS
because) the merchandise
of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof
than fine gold.
15. She is
more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not
to be compared unto her.
of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18. She IS
a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one
that retains her.”
from this passage of scripture we can see that true WISDOM is
speaking of JESUS, because one can only obtain eternal life through
Jesus, and WISDOM is called a tree of life.
read Proverbs 8:1-36, which sheds more light on WISDOM being a type
or shadow that speaks of Jesus. So above all get WISDOM or ABOVE ALL
get Jesus! WISDOM is the PRINCIPLE thing or Jesus is the PRINCIPLE
not WISDOM cry? And UNDERSTANDING put forth her voice?
stands in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the
cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the
you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5. O you
simple, understand WISDOM: and, you fools, be you of an understanding
for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips
shall be right things.
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to
8. All the
words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or
perverse in them.
are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find
RECEIVE my instruction, and not silver; and KNOWLEDGE rather than
because) WISDOM is better
than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be
compared to it.
WISDOM dwell with prudence, and find out KNOWLEDGE of witty
fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and being arrogant, and the
evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am UNDERSTANDING; I have
15. By me
kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16. By me
princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17. I love
them that love me; and those that SEEK me early shall FIND me.
and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than
20. I lead
in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21. That I
may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill
of Almighty God) possessed
me in the beginning of his way, before hisworks of old.
23. I was
set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no
fountains abounding with water.
the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest
part of the dust of the world.
he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the
face of the depth:
he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains
of the deep:
he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his
commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30. Then I
was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing always before him;
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were
with the sons of men.
therefore hearken unto me, O you children: for blessed are they that
keep my ways.
33. Hear instruction, and be
wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting
at the posts of my doors.
whoso FINDS me
FINDS life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.
36 But he
that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love
12 clearly shows us that WISDOM is speaking in the first person and
if we follow the pronoun use all the way down though verse 35 we
clearly see that whosoever finds WISDOM, which I believe is referring
to those of us who come to the KNOWLEDGE of teh TRUTH concerning
JESUS, being the SOON of the living God, the Christ, who suffered and
died for our sins find LIFE, as in, ETERNAL life. That is to say,
whosoever finds JESUS finds LIFE speaking of ETERNAL LIFE, which only
comes through he knowledge of teh TRUTH concerning JESUS the Christ,
the SON of teh living God.
then, when the Bible teaches us that the PRINCIPAL thing is WISDOM it
is actually speaking of the PRINCIPAL thing being JESUS. Rejoice that
your name is written in the book of life is the PRINCIPAL thing; all
else are blessings and benefits of salvation.
7:4 teaches us the principle of calling the things that are not as
though they were. In other words, this verse teaches us the
importance of speaking right words.
unto WISDOM, You are my sister; and CALL UNDERSTANDING your
a deeper understand of the vital importance of speaking RIGHT WORDS
both in prayer and our everyday speech please read the study entitled
“THE POWER OF OUR WORDS”. But for now let us finish taking a look
at some more verses that teach us to SEEK after KNOWLEDGE,
UNDERSTANDING, and above all FINDING JESUS of WISDOM.
read the following verses:
fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the
holy is understanding.”
fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is
much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding
rather to be chosen than silver!”
is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath
no heart to it?”
is before him that hath understanding ; but the eyes of a fool are in
the ends of the earth.”
DESIRE a man, having SEPARATED himself, SEEKS and inter meddles with
words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of
wisdom as a flowing brook.”
also know from Luke 2:52 that Jesus in WISDOM and in favor with God
Jesus INCREASED in WISDOM and stature, and in FAVOR with God and
Jesus needed to increase in WISDOM and FAVOR with God and man, then
how much more do we need to SEEK after, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, and
21:12-15 teaches us that when we are persecuted and brought before
men to give an answer of our faith that we are not to take thought of
what we are to say before hand, but that Jesus through the Holy
Spirit will give us WISDOM and the words to speak, the moment we need
before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute
you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being
brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13. And it shall turn to you
for a testimony.
14. Settle it therefore in
your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15. For I
will GIVE you a MOUTH (or
words to speak) and
WISDOM, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gain say nor
this is what God did when I cried out for understanding during that
trial when my daughter was being OPPRESSED by Satan the enemy. God
gave me words to speak out in FAITH to my wife as a way of calling
things that where not yet manifested in the phyisical to be
PROPHESIED. There is someting about SPEAKING God's word by FAITH the
things we desire to be in the WAY we want them to be. In other words,
STOP praying what IS and SPEAK forth what you desire to BE exacltly
that way you want them to be.
Christians remain in the NEGATIVE and continue to confess and believe
what the SEE and FEEL, and therefore they RECIEVE what they are
SAYING and blame God for not answering their prayer.
If you were to preach the gospel to someone and they keep asking God
to save them? You would say to them STOP ASKING God to save you and
BELIEVE his WORD that he HAS ALREADY saved you! You would tell them
to CONFESS that they ARE saved and that they must continue to BELIEVE
that they ARE saved, and THEN God will give them that WITNESS deep in
the heart where they will KNOW that they KNOW that they are saved. So
how is BELIEVING God word for physical healing any different?
not any different so GET UNDERSATNDING that we must call thingts that
are not yet manifested in the physical just as if they are already.
When heart faith ENTERS that peace with keep you and tyou will
rejoice as if you already HAVE what you are believe God to receive.
So meditate on God's word until that KNOWING comes or ENTERS into
your heart and you PROPHESY what you deisre to BE.
6:10 says it like this,
they were not able to RESIST the WISDOM and the SPIRIT by which he
Jesus spoke he spoke in AUTHORITY. When I spoke those words to my
wife in AUTHORITY she could not resist them and her faith rose in
her. The devil cannot resist the words we speak in AUTHORITY when we
are speaking in AGREEMENT to God's word.
that we KNOW without a doubt that it is God's WILL for us to INCREASE
in KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM, then let us use the following
passages of scripture to PRAY and ASK Almighty God for these things.
Please read the following passages of scripture and then put them in
your own words as a PRAYER to Almighty God in SEEKING after
KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, and WISDOM in every are of our life.
I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto
all the saints,
16. Cease not to give thanks
for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto
you the SPIRIT of WISDOM and REVELATION in the KNOWLEDGE of him.
The eyes of your UNDERSTANDING being enlightened; that ye may KNOW
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of
his inheritance in the saints,
19. And what is the exceeding
greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the
working of his mighty power,
20. Which he wrought in
Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own
right hand in the heavenly places,
21. Far above all
principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that
is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22. And has put all things
under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the
is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.”
this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray
for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the KNOWLEDGE of
his will in all WISDOM and SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING;
10. That you might walk
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good
work, and INCREASING in the KNOWLEDGE of God;
11. Strengthened with all
might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long
suffering with joyfulness;
12. Giving thanks unto the
Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of
the saints in light:”
therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved , bowels of mercies,
kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering;
13. Forbearing one another,
and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.
14. And above all these
things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are
called in one body; and be you thankful.
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all WISDOM; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17. And whatsoever you do in
word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God and the Father by him.”
ANY of you LACK WISDOM, let him ASK of God, that GIVES to ALL men
liberally, and upbraids not; and it SHALL be GIVEN him.
BUT let him ask in FAITH, nothing wavering (WHY?).
because) he that WAVERS is
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man (the
man or woman that WAVERS or DOUBTS when they pray, let not THAT
person) think that he
shall RECEIVE any thing of the Lord. (WHY?)
A double minded man (or
a person that WAVERS and DOUBTS)
is unstable in all his ways.”
is WHY we go to the very WORD of Almighty God in order to find out
WHAT his WILL IS for us. For you see my dear brothers and sisters in
the Lord, God's WORD IS God's WILL for us! Therefore if we find it
written in his WORD, then we can be ASSURED that it IS his WILL, and
then we can stand upon the PROMISE found is 1 John 5:14,15 as a
“WRITTEN GUARANTEE”, so to speak, that our PRAYERS will not only
be HEARD, but also ANSWERED in the very way in which we PRAYED them.
THIS is the CONFIDENCE that we have in him, THAT, if we ask ANY thing
according to his WILL, he HEARS us:
15. And if we KNOW that he
HEARS us, WHATSOEVER we ask, we KNOW that we have the petitions that
we desired of him.”
since we KNOW that it IS God's WILL for us to come to the KNOWLEDGE
of the TRUTH and to GET WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, then all that is
left for us to do is ASK, but let us ask in FAITH without WAVERING,
and we SHALL HAVE the things that we have ASKED in prayer BELIEVING
we shall RECEIVE them.
what we learned in the study “THE FAITHFULNESS OF ALMIGHTY GOD”
that God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL and he will DO what he said he would DO!
once the HEAD knowlegde ENTERS into your HEART be bold to speak forth
as PROPHECY what God is leading you to speak out in FAITH. Call what
things are not yet manifested just as through they are already and
REJOICE and praise God giving him thanks for ANSWERING your prayer
even though you do not SEE of FEEL the answer has been given by any
that the BASICS are laid as how to study the Bible let us move on to
when Christians do NOT AGREE with each other on what particualr verse
other words, when some Christians say that they are teaching the
truth and other Christians says that they are teaching the truth, but
yet what each group of Christians are teaching CONTRADICT each other.
this another way, we all know that there are MANY different church
denominations, which have teachings that do NOT AGREE of say the SAME
things. So HOW can we know what teachings are the TRUTH and which
teachings are in error?
say in many of the studies I have written that any verse when read
ALONE and APART from the rest of God's word may SEEM or may be made
to seem to teach somthing that it is NOT TRULY teaching when that
verse is CORRECTLY interpreted by the CONTEXT and then compared with
other scripture to be rightly divided in the light of the WHOLE word
other words, if so be that any interpretation you conclude that a
particular verse or verses mean CONTRADICTS any other part of God's
clear, plain and simple word of God, then that interpretation that
was concluded is NOT the correct interpretation of that verse.
read other studies that I have written you will find a little here
and a little there of how to study the Bible more in depth. But for
now this study will give you a SOUND foundation upon which you will
GROW in knowlege, understanding and the wisdom of God's word.
for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to study his
brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,