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Bible Anomalies

 

I want to challenge you, Dear Reader, with this statement, that there ARE NO Bible

Bible-Anomolies
Bible-Anomolies

Anomalies Bible anomalies when you read the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit.  At the last supper Jesus promised that the “Holy Spirit would come and lead you into all truth”.   I do not remember ever meeting any spirit filled person who was bothered about Bible contradictions.  If we read His word in a prayerful and contemplative way, then the truth will be made plain to us.

  • Witness Statements

Any two people, describing the same event, will use different language, and will colour the event with their own interpretation, and this is quite evident in the various Bible records of history.  The fact that the description detail is different from witness to witness does not mean the event didn’t happen.  We need to always look at the underlying story that is being told, and look for the relevance of that story to our own life. The story of the loaves and fishes is not about how many people were fed, it is all about Jesus supplying our needs by faith.  Which He does!  That is the enduring truth that we may prayerfully perceive. We need always to seek the underlying truth in every Bible record.

  • Point Of View

If we see two different accounts of the same event, then we can meditate about it, and we will come to fuller understanding of what God is telling us.  In this way, an apparent contradiction will lead to a more rounded illustration of the story.  Think about why one writer was struck by one aspect of the event, and why another Bible author was impressed with a different  truth.  We all perceive things in a different way, according to our experiences and to our understanding. Each person hearing a sermon, will take home a different portion of the message, according to their need.

  •  Interpretation.

We perceive things differently because we always interpret what we see in the light of our own experience and knowledge.  Our understanding can only be based on our personal experience, qualified by what we believe about the world, and our pre-existing beliefs colour what we see.  For example, a person who has never experienced unqualified love, will have difficulty accepting that others are acting without  a personal agenda: They will suspect  self interest as a motive, and interpret motives accordingly.  They will need to come to an understanding of the spiritual disinterest of unqualified love to believe that the motive is NOT self interest.

  • Truth and Reality.

We need to understand that it is quite irrelevant whether Jesus fed 3000 people, or 5000 people, the point is that Jesus performed the miracle of feeding a multitude of people from a tiny quantity of bread and fish.  If we can grasp the concept that our God will provide for our needs, then it doesn’t matter in the least how many people were fed on a given occasion.  We need to open the eyes of our mind when we read God’s word, and let the Holy Spirit of God illuminate our understanding and bless our lives. There ARE NO Bible anomalies when you read the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit of God.

Can You Feel The Presence Of The Holy Spirit?

Can You Feel The Presence Of The Holy Spirit?

Can you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when you join with other Christians?  Are you conscious that the Holy Spirit of God is there in the room with you when you are praying and worshipping, and sharing the Word?  I like to think that the strength of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God is in direct proportion to the intensity of the prayer being offered at the moment.

  • Miracles and Spiritual Healing

I went many times to the healing/revival meetings of Bill Subritsky, a well known  New Zealand/South Pacific evangelist. It was his practice to spend many hours in prayer before the meeting, and to have a team of strong pray-ers working in a room behind the stage while the meeting was in progress. Many dramatic healings and conversions, and miracles resulted from those meetings. (My wife, Mary, was cured of a BONE DEFORMITY!**) I am convinced of the direct connection between the praying and the miraculous results.

  • Need For Caution

There is a powerful need for caution here in gauging the presence or absence of the Holy Spirit. There exists in some charismatic circles the belief that if those present all start making moo-ing and high pitched humming noises then the collective euphoria will induce the presence of the Holy Spirit of God.  THIS IS FALLACY!  It is NOT POSSIBLE to manipulate God. True collective singing in the spirit consists in simultaneous individual singing, pitched in musical harmonics, that sounds truly heavenly to those present.  It sounds like angels voices and acts very powerfully on the emotions of those participating.  A normal response to this experience is to feel totally uplifted, and to be in a mild, strong or even a total state of euphoria.

  • Singing in The Spirit

    Singing in The Spirit
    Singing in The Spirit

I would caution all worship leaders here to avoid attempting to induce singing in the spirit as a regular response to group worship. I believe that singing in the spirit is an unusual response, not a regular response, and must be indulged only when led by the Holy Spirit of God.  The suggestion that certain techniques of praise and worship will always lead to singing in the spirit is false, and is a totally unrealistic expectation* for the worshippers.  It happens naturally when the collective worship has been going on for some time and spiritual feeling is very intense.  This is a response to fervent prayer, and powerful worship, not to be attempted as an effect by worship leaders. True singing in the spirit will most likely start as a spontaneous individual response from among those present, not from the worship leader.  It is characterized by those singularly pure musical notes which are the true harmonics of normal music. Individual singing in the spirit is often in natural language, not tongues, and may be either prophetic or inspirational in content.
*(An exception might be in the case of a totally committed group, meeting often)

  • How to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit

My conclusion is that the absence or visible presence  of the Holy Spirit of God is directly related to the sincerity and power of the prayer and worship being offered.  It is worth considering here, that the recorded instances of revival have been preceded by intense and more or less continuous group prayer.  Therefore, to collectively  feel the presence of the Holy Spirit of God, you need to spent time in prayer and worship.

**Cured Bone Deformity. Please note there were “before” and “after” x rays of the bone, and also a subsequent video of this event, made by Dove Ministries”

Sins of Omission

What are Sins of Omission?

Sins of Omission
Sins of Omission

That’s easy – Sins of Omission are the things you didn’t do because you forgot, or because you didn’t get around to it; or because you were just plain lazy; or worse, didn’t want to!

  • Why are they Sins?

Case in point: Last Sunday Betty came back to church after 6 weeks in hospital, and didn’t get one hug! She had been really looking forward to getting back to her church family, and swapping notes, and sharing her experience, but for various reasons, nobody actually made contact. (My excuse: I was setting up the sound system!). As a result she fled the service, convinced that nobody loved her.

  • Neglect as a Sin

This was terrible, and made us feel quite guilty when we all realised what had happened. You can see for yourself why our neglect was a sin. I was looking forward to catching up after the service, but that was too late. We have to do things WHEN we are prompted, and not put them off until it is “convenient” to us.  Consider the Scripture for this:

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance ………….

and so on, and so on; and the time to do something is right now when it pops into your head.

  • The Still, Small Voice

It is my belief that the Holy Spirit of God speaks to us by that “still, small voice” in our heads, and it is the FIRST thing we hear that is from God.  The SECOND thing, and the third and so on, is our subconscious, usually offering several rationalizations about why we ought NOT to do it.  Obey that first inner prompting, you will be hearing from God and you will likely cut down dramatically on your sins of omission.

  • Obedience to God

Listening to and obeying that inner voice is the key too to knowing what God wants us to do.  When we ask Him a question in the form of; “Oh Lord, what am I to do here?”.  The FIRST thing that pops up will be the spiritual answer.  As in the sentence above, the next thing that pops up will likely be one or more reasons not to do it.  You can bet that those negative reasons are from the subconscious, and are our selfish reasons NOT to obey. The scripture promise is that the Holy Spirit will be in us, so there is no time lag from asking a question to getting the answer.  Mostly the answer is there before we have finished forming the question. If we can form the habit of instant obedience, then we are more likely to stop those “sins of omission“.

 

Are You Called To Preach?

Are You Called To Preach?

Matthew [a commentator here] said; “Well, my opinion is that you need to be made for preaching. And yeah, it’s true that all gifts from God are mostly rough gifts which as we grow we can master them. Something similar to practicing and rehearsing your voice for music. It’s exactly how sea shells are made.”

  • Preachers Are Born, Not Made

Matt was responding to the previous post, and he makes a couple of very important points there. It has been said that ‘preachers are born, not made’. This is the whole point of being led by the Holy Spirit of God, that you are given this gift of preaching, and when you recognize this and begin to preach a sermon, you are simply being obedient! When God calls you to do something, of course He will enable you to do it. When you choose a tool to do a job, you choose the tool that is designed for that job;  so you can be totally sure that if your loving Heavenly Father has chosen you to do something, He will have already given you the ability to do that work.

  • Mastering Rough Gifts

Matt’s comment also talks about mastering the ‘rough gifts’. I like his lovely little analogy about the sea shells.  Just as the sea shell grows into a thing of grace and beauty by the constant laying on of microscopic layers of calcium; so the preacher grows into greater levels of skill and fluency as he constantly listens in obedience and as he tells out what he hears from God.

  • Obedience To The Voice Of God

This whole blog is about listening to the voice of God, being obedient to that voice, and then being blessed right out of your socks as you get confirmation that you were acting in that obedience. The real teachers here are the Holy Spirit of God and the Holy Bible.  It is obedience to them that brings the great blessing we yearn for, and obedience to them that brings about God’s purposes in this world. We are the hands and feet of Christ to the world, we are the Love of God in action in the world, and we are the Voice of God throughout the world.

  • Are You Called To Preach?

So to answer the question; “Are You Called To Preach?”, you have to consult your Heavenly Father.  He decides, not man, not your mother-in-law, not your church elders.  The elders have the right to issue permission to preach, within their own fellowship, but the question of whether you are or are not called to preach is a matter between just you and God.  Lots of people have thought that they would like to be preachers; for the glamour, or for the power, or maybe just for the plain desire to serve Him in a meaningful way; but to be a real preacher, you must be answering God’s call to preach. If that is His will, you will be enabled, and somehow it will happen. You need to listen to and follow those inner promptings, and look for the appropriate confirmation when ever you act.

Which Version of the Bible?

Which Version Of The Bible
Which Version Of The Bible

Which Version of the Bible should I use?  This question comes up from time to time, and there are as many different answers as there are different versions of the Holy Bible.

  • King James Bible version

Some will argue that the original King James Bible version is more accurate, and some will argue that the King James Bible  language is so out of date as to be almost impossible to understand. Americans tend to stick to the ASV(American Standard Version) which names God as “Jehovah”, rather than the slightly confusing “Lord”, so prolific in other translations.  It contains some archaic word forms, but is still much easier to understand than the old KJV.

  • Bible online

I tend to use the online Bible today because it is so easy to copy and paste anything I want to refer to later on. Having the Bible online is so good when it comes to searching for some text you can’t quite remember where to find.  I used to have a disk with a lot of different translations and versions, but it took up a bit of space, and didn’t always work properly.  Today there are many sites offering the Bible “online”, and it is faster to click their icon on my desktop, and start right in browsing.

  • Bible Commentarty, School, Lessons and Studies

Bible study with the  World Wide Web is so easy when you can use any Bible commentary you fancy, attend Bible school, and do any Bible studies, take any Bible lessons  you want – all on line, and all FREE!

  • All Scripture is God-breathed

However, to get back to the original question: “Which Version of the Bible should I use?” Here is the answer.  It is quite irrelevant which version you use, provided you allow the Holy Spirit of God to illumine the Word as you read.  Our God is perfectly able to make you understand what He means, regardless of your reading ability, or what version you use. As the Word says in 2 Timothy 3:16; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…..”  If you take that on board, then it follows that however you may be sampling His Word, IT WILL WORK!

  • The Secret Revealed!!

So this it what you do…. “then grab your Bible [any Bible], and head for your quiet place and just ‘wait on Him‘; and His Truth will be revealed to you. By all means buy a Bible version or Bible translation that you are comfortable with, but don’t worry about whether it is ‘accurate’ or not – the only thing for you to be concerned about is your own understanding of what you are reading therein. If you are being ‘helped’ by the Holy Spirit of God as you read, your understanding will be perfect!

How To Preach The Gospel

  • Preach the gospel
Preach The Gospel
To Preach The Gospel

Preaching the gospel is what this site is all about, it is the driving force behind any quest for “how to preach”. The gospel preaching that comes from seeking and telling the inspired Word of God, by prayer, and by the inspiration of the Holy spirit of God is the only valid form of Gospel Preaching that you would want to preach.

  • Use the Lectionary.

I belong to a union church that uses the common Australian lectionary readings, and we follow these Sunday by Sunday, and over a period of three years the principal portions of the Bible are effectively covered. I was suspicious of this ‘formalised’ system at first, but I have come to see that God works within that system to illuminate His Word and to meet needs as they occur.  It never fails to awe me that I can see retrospectively, that the Word that came out of those readings was entirely appropriate for that day and in that place.

  • Seek His Spirit.

Given the subject, or rather the Gospel passage, we next need to put His spin on it.  We are not here to gallop forth on our own hobby horses, nor are we here to relate secondhand experience from others (Sermons out of a book, or worse, off the net!).  What we are here for is to share the wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit of God.  By prayerful contemplation, we are to discern what God intends to say on this very day, and we need to contemplate that, and to digest it ourselves, so we can share it out on Sunday morning.

  • A Revelation From God

Paul explained to the Corinthians in Chapter 15 Verse 26 26 This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church. that when we meet together we each bring something to share.  It is the duty and the privelege of the preacher to bring “a revelation from God”. I take this very seriously, and I invite you to share this conviction, thus being totally sure that what you are bringing, is indeed the inspired Word of God.  This word, based on the scriptures, enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit, becomes truly the Gospel Preaching we aspire to.

 


What is The Evidence of The Holy Spirit

  • Evidence of The Holy Spirit

    Evidence of The Holy Spirit
    Evidence of The Holy Spirit

How can you discern the Holy Spirit in others? This question is very relevant to our growth and spiritual well-being. Why? – Because we need to know when what we are hearing is the inpired word of the Spirit of God.  If we just accept everything we hear we will soon be led down the path of spiritual error.

  • Fool-Proof Test

There is one fool-proof test you can apply to determine if what you are hearing is spiritual truth; and that is this. Consider what James says here in Chapter 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. From this we can reliably infer that we MUST have a peace about what we are hearing. If you can apply all the tests in this Bible verse to what you hear, you can be confidant that what you are hearing is from the Holy Spirit of God – it will be full of mercy, good fruits, impartial and above all pure and peaceful.

  • Unquiet Spirit

There is one thing the devil CANNOT fake, and that is love. You may be hearing stuff that sounds very reasonable at the time, but if it leaves you with an unquiet spirit, then you can be assured that it is NOT from God. If what you see and hear makes you feel restless, discontented, anxious or worried, you can be confidant that it came from that other kingdom – the kingdom of darkness.  God is Love: Therefore anything from God must be pure; have an underlying theme of love, and leave you with a feeling of peace.

  • Simple, Reliable Test

Jesus gave us a very reliable and simple test to apply when we are not sure what we are confronted with.  In effect, He said; “Look at the fruit to see what sort of a tree it is” [Matt 7:16  By their  fruit  you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? …….20  Thus, by their  fruit  you will recognize them]. So if the visible fruit in the life of the person you are listening to are the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace, etc, of the Spirit, described in Galations, then you can be sure that the Spirit of God is directing that person’s life.