I DO now hunger and thirst to know Him through His Word. I desire to know truth so that I might follow it in righteousness. What if I am reading it, but not understanding? The answer is, “Just keep reading and praying.”
Here are some ideas if you need a place to start. A study of Matthew will be good if you are following this devotional blog. Read Matthew. You can start at the beginning with chapter 1 or read ahead in Matthew chapter 5 to prepare for what is coming. Read until some verses “pop out” at you. Read those again a few times. Pause and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are supposed to learn concerning those verses. Pick out a few key words that are getting your attention.
Go to www.biblegateway.com and search those specific words and see what other verses in the Bible have to say about that topic. Maybe you want a better understanding of “righteousness”. Search “righteousness” and read those verses. Then, during the day, let your thoughts come back to those verses. That is called meditating on His Word. The Holy Spirit will use this process to build new thoughts. You do not need to read a chapter a day. There is no time limit or set quantity of verses. Go at the Holy Spirit’s pace.
Go back and read the verses on your “topic” again the next day. He will use one part of God’s word to confirm the truth with another part. That is having two or more witnesses to confirm His truth.
Memorize the phrase or verse that is standing out to you. Continue to think on God’s words about your topic. He has many ways that He can confirm the truth of His word to you. He may remind you of what you are learning during the day by examples or circumstances. Yeshua (Jesus) spoke in parables. He can take everyday things and events to teach you. He will help you build new revelations/understanding of truth through His Word.
You may start out not knowing, but stick with it and you will find that over a little time, the Holy Spirit is teaching you something very specific and very important for you just at the right time. Once you feel prompted to move on, continue on in Matthew again…. until something “pops out” to you. He will build on what He has just taught you.
Remember He promises, “Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8).
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26).
Just keep reading…..keep listening….keep praying…keep asking….keep your eyes open and watchful….keep doing your best….keep on keeping on in Him…..and then the light will dawn in your heart and mind! You will see and know and understand! That is called revelation knowledge. It is very satisfying!