We discovered all the way back in session 3 that the Word helps to direct us in our lives. It is a map for how to live and what to pursue in the Kingdom of God. This is only the beginning of the effective blessings of this tool from God, though. The Word of God goes beyond directing and revealing, it provides knowledge, understanding and wisdom about this life and the road we travel to Pentecost.
Knowledge: The general information regarding life and God. The Bible reveals exactly what life is and what makes up a good life (as well as a bad life, too). Every knowledgeable thing there is to know about living in this world and on this plane is found in it. Everything that identifies who God is and what He represents to humanity is found lies within those pages.
Understanding: The ability to take information and apply it in a way that is meaningful to your life. The Bible goes beyond just sharing facts and descriptors about life and God. It speaks directly to us. We can read passages and find meaning that directly relates to us as individuals and groups. What's more, every time we open the Bible, we can gain new and greater understanding because it is a living book.
Wisdom: The ability to take the Bible and apply it to your life so you can walk in the right way. The Bible isn't something we read and appreciate. It is something we live. When we take the words written in those pages and completely apply them to our lives and walk in the truth of their direction, we are walking in the footsteps of wisdom. As time goes on, we will find ourselves wise because we listened to wisdom and lived by its precepts.
These three benefits are great, but to fully attain them, we are going to have to use the other tools and tactics we've identified on our Road To Pentecost. When we choose to fast, it denies our flesh and opens us up to the leading of the Spirit. When we pray, we are coming into relationship with God regularly. When we plan according to His will, we are obeying His leading. Finally, when we are still in God, we are able to hear and feel Him clearly. By doing all of this, we are in connection to God. When we are in connection to God and read His word, we are in the presence of the Master who wrote the Book. We are open to his leading according to His Word. Basically, we are placed into a doctorate program with God when we align ourselves in these disciplines and then open our Word. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom will regularly flow when we get into that kind of environment and we will find ourselves truly blessed on our Road To Pentecost.
Thought for the day:
The key to unlocking the mysteries of the greatest book ever written is to have a truly intimate relationship with the One who wrote it.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.