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2. Where Did You Find That?

Sean Nebblett Natasha Dysinger

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  • December 28, 2017
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This message was presented at the G.U.Y.Z. twenty seventeen conference arise in Phoenix Arizona for other resources like this visit us online at W W W dot. Org. Right welcome back everybody. You'll see on the screen the number and I'll put that number up again at the at the end if as we're going along I just want to take a picture of that or write down the number in case as we're going along if you have a question that's just burning in your soul rather than forgetting that question or you know going to other seminars and then trying to come back in the last session so you can ask your question text us the question to that number and we will try to either incorporate your dynamic questions as we go or we'll take a little time at the end of every session is the goal to to address some of those so five seven five three three two two four one three zero All right we almost got through our our theme for in the last session so we just pick up with two more questions I want to share and then we'll launch into the subject. Subject for the session but I think this is good anyway because it fits better almost into this next this next hour so now we're going to be talking about the very practical nuts and bolts of how do I study the Bible in a way that is going to make it work that is going to make it highly meaningful to me so if I want to have the devotions you know I want to have that spiritual you know worship and devotion but hey it's just it's been the motions for me I haven't been really connecting with this how do I practically do that's what we're going to be going through in this time and so I think this this quote follows through answers almost maybe the first question on the nuts and bolts side of things he had once before we could. Say all right is it really going to be hated my brother again OK So very first question that we get asked frequently you know how long to my devotions need to be to be quality you know to really get the effect that I need how much time do I need and one of the things my husband and I work for a Pastor Mark Finley and that is the tremendous blessing to be under his mentorship but one of the things that he says that when people ask him how long do you have your devotions for he says the answer that he always gives them is long enough to know that I've truly connected with heaven so that may be different amounts of time. And one of the struggles I think in our especially like as Shawn was talking about our hyper connected age where and we know that smartphones decrease our and attention span tremendously and actually decrease our I.Q. isn't that a little bit. Frustrating OK so I haven't actually decreased your I.Q. to probably our E.Q. as well emotional quotient OK So in our hyper connected state where it's like oh oh this is going on oh this is going on we're so accustomed for switching our attention from this to this to this to this to this to this very rapidly and then our might be OK and then our quality time we come to the Word of God and now we're supposed to really focus and get deep in everything and our mind is wandering to and fro throughout the whole earth and we find Hey you know this is just is really not you know this is not the most interesting book and I'm just not connecting and I don't understand this and I'm not feeling you know nourished by God and this is frustrating Well let's talk about how long should we spend our devotion is long enough to know that we're truly connected here's this quote from education many even their seasons of devotion This is probably a familiar quote to us fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God why they are in too great haste I woke up late so that such is going to happen I need to have breakfast and to get ready for the day before all this occurs and so I'm having to rapidly go through my thing they are in too great haste with hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ loving presence causing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts but not waiting for counsel they have no time to remain No Old Time to remain with the Divine Teacher with their burdens they returned to their work these workers can never attain to the highest success until they learn the secret of strength they must give themselves time to think to pray to wait upon God to think to pray to wait upon God for a renewal of physical mental and spiritual power they need uplifting influence of his spirit so how long do we need to have our devotions for. Simply the answer that I was just telling you my mentor gave us long enough to know that you have truly connected with Heaven and that is longer then many of us like we know we all will like this to be so undefined it's like hey if I know I need to do is an angel spend fifteen minutes and he has been half an hour I need to spend an hour and him to spend two hours has to find you know it's six o'clock now now it's eight o'clock I'm done or you know it's it's six thirty now it's seven o'clock I'm done and actually that's not how it works in relationships time when we're talking with our friends with our family with our spouses were married it doesn't work that way say it's like Hey Paul you know seven thirty eight now and o'clock we're done where we should be thirty seven so any seven minutes and thirty seconds go exactly it doesn't work that way right so we're having our devotions now it is good to say you know how many think to yourself how long my devotions right now are they quality do I feel connected with God Do I really sense his spirit coming into my life and changing me changing the way I think change in the way I process OK how long my devotions right now on an average out basis may be all right so how long should it be to really give myself time to commune really give myself time to slow down really give myself time not to be thinking about this and that and the other and seeing notifications coming up on my phone and. Long enough or devotion should be long enough to be sure we are connecting with God you know some people like Charles Spurgeon who was the. One of the most remarkable pastors possibly in history much time spent with God actually time specifically praying per day for hours he also preached ten times per week he also was running an orphanage he was also running a seminary he was also running a nursing home he also was running the largest church at the time in the world but he still prayed four hours a day because he felt he was too busy to pray any less so this summer we need to be addressing ourselves now should we go if we've only been a cousin to having five minutes of the four hour snow we should do that allow yourself to grow where are you right now and say OK if I'm only accustomed to five minutes with God tomorrow I want to slow down and maybe spend fifteen minutes with him. And then after I've spent that much time with him consistently OK maybe now I'm going to increase it and spend half an hour with him and really allow the Word of God to get through my busy mind and down into my heart and allow your walk with God to grow is again a relationship I don't say oh I have fifteen minutes with Paul and then I'm done and I have to go into my day OK today now I'm going to have twenty five minutes with Paul and then I'm done it doesn't happen in a relationship so we need to allow our relationship with God to blossom and grow and let me paint you another picture just. Kind of building off of that idea. Are there any do any farmers in the room and when and when any farmers could get some farm is there anyone have like a garden and one flower gardens any kind of art OK awesome. Farming gardening can be hard work yes or no yes and now what does the farmers do exactly plant reap the grow grow food grow food grow flowers grow alfalfa or one of the their growing stuff question is growing vegetables hard work truly. You share how do you actually grow vegetables. I would submit to you rather than growing vegetables is not hard work at all you don't argue against weeding. Hoeing watering preparing the superb it or even harvesting actually growing you don't grow anything actually which is why one of those you know you'll see these as and stuff grow your business I'm thinking that it's not the right I mean I guess technically it is a right use of that English word but we don't grow anything well even grow ourselves we grow by ourselves or you know God does the growing My point is farming is hard work but growing things is not actually the work creating an environment so the things can grow that's the hard work so when we think of relationship to God I want you to think of it in the same terms a relationship with God Christ is not hard work I mentioned already once before that he is the most beautiful the most kind the most loving the most charming the most engaging an interesting person that ever was in the history of the universe so having a relationship with God is not work. Preserving an environment where that relationship can do what it's supposed to do which is growth that is the hard work so in ransoming in answer to our kind of building off of this statement and Natasha just so how do you you know how to watch how long should you be studying in the morning again and we'll go a little more into these details for a session of this afternoon we're talking about. How to study this morning it's what to study and. But I want you to again like that other picture I gave you at the at the beginning of last session with the word cloud we get actions and we get verbs and nouns sometimes confused worship what is worse what is devotion what our devotion is what is devotion I want to keep you I want you to keep in the back of your mind this fact this idea that in fact having a relationship with God relating to God isn't hard work or shouldn't be hard work what is hard work is cutting out other things of our life sufficient So there's actually room there's actually a patch of ground that's weed free where seeds can actually sprout and grow something sense OK So moving on here are a subject for official subject for this session would you find that where do you find that the secret the not so secret places to jump start a new devotional experience or renew. A route or and or revitalize an old one. Again we're going to broad stroke cover a lot of a lot of things to do a lot of kind of more practical tactics in this we won't nearly cover them all but one you will find coming up I again and again when you talk to me or if you talk to me or if you hear me preach or whatever. And that is stories this is for uncovering like you know secret tools to a vibrant a devotional experience will keep coming back stories and I think you'll see why as we progress first go look at that nice car that's my car that's not actually my car because I've never actually parked my car on the beach but it's the same model and year and color as my car now let me ask you a question What color is my car you all are so smart how did you know it was black I did not say you saw a picture of my car and it was black and you remembered that was easy wasn't it let us say that one day I go out and I buy this car and I drive it home and then I pick up my phone to call him on and tell her that I but a new car and I know my mom is going to ask me what color is your car because my mom just has a thing for the color of cars she doesn't actually but anyway in this illustration my mom has a thing for the color of car so she's going to ask me what color is my car and so I begin to practice what colors my car I ask the dealer What color is this car Black says black black black car black car B L A C K black black car I have a black car whether I just bought a black black black black is black it's black B L I C K K C L B collab black black black L. just. Unnecessary right. Why is that unnecessary because in my mind I have a picture in my picture is of my car and that picture is a black car I don't have to learn the color of Michael. And you know what else I don't have to learn the color of my sister's car. I have a black card black black black she has a red car rent black red black red black red black red and my parent's car a silver hone silver black red silver black red red black silver for blacks to do you know this is how we study school. This is how we prepare for finals. And you know this sometimes the way we study our Bibles. What is the secret that locks us from our spot on the couch. But so black red so red black red what is the secret the secretis the picture are you dragging me so far in Scripture we have pictures. That even write in Scripture we have pictures and those pictures come in the form of stories. Your brain learns by means of stories your brain remembers by means of pictures one last experiment I want you to try your very best not I'm going to say two words and I don't want you to picture them. Grey elephant. I want. Your brain thinks in pictures and why am I again emphasizing them because if I am studying the Word of infinite God it is complete as you know is equal to value the dry bones literally and figuratively to me maybe it's because I'm trying to force my brain to take in information in a manner it does not like. Black silver black red black red black red so black red silver. So what's the solution story's all now there are many reasons why stories make up the the foundation of my devotional time my devotional exercises and I'll just throw a few out there and again I don't want to tell you that reading stories is the only way to have devotions but I do want to say that I just I highly favor and that's for several reasons number one. Your brain works that way we've already established that number two Jesus Himself nine times out of ten when he opened his mouth and taught them saying what he use stories parables often those parables incidentally to us are just kind of far flecked fetched stories now but often Ellen White tells us that the stories that he used were stories that were that were colloquial they were they were in common. Circulation as you know legends or are they were literal stories that had been on the front page of Drusilla because that you know. Two weeks ago or well these are things that people knew and could relate with and he took those experiences and he said this is what the Kingdom of God is like. A woman sweeping her house furiously looking for her gold coins and they're like ha now he used those stories because number one they're memorable and number two they make sense I think he also used stories because Jesus often you remember he was there were a couple times when the disciples came to him in there asking him questions and he would give them the answer and they just weren't satisfied with his answer and he would say I can't tell you right now. Like I would tell you right now but you wouldn't get it you would not understand it you would freak out or misunderstand it or what I can't tell you right now so what I will tell you is the story. Remember Jonah remember Jonah remember Jonah and me OK and then later years later they'd be like oh yeah. Remember he told Mind you that many years later they're not remembering black and silver the river in the story and woven into that story is the supernatural life of God incredible the life of God is still woven through those stories and those stories now change or morph but they are seen they are a life so we can read the same old story in Scripture and suddenly have this revelation of a while there's something new in that story that I didn't even see yesterday and the reason why it's there is just it's infinitely deep I almost I consider the stories in Scripture the parables in Scripture in the narrative the massive narratives in Scripture to be one of the most significant proofs that we have if you will of the divinity of scripture the fact that they can keep going and keep being alive and keep being relevant in every age that's not just some yarn some guy spun one time you know this is obviously something far deeper than that so what to study story right so how do you extract the actual truth from a story and we're going to do two practical examples so you know your Bibles with you open up your Bibles and both of these are stories that have had a lot of impact in my life so we're going to do this very practically open your Bible to John nine and I'm going to give you three questions to ask yourself Annie time you study a story that will help to unlock any Jews that is in that story OK first question you're going if you were taking notes you might want to write these down first question what is happening here second question how would I feel if I were as if this was happening to me if I was standing right there in that story third question how does this apply to my life All right let's do this practically John Chapter nine verse one and as Jesus passed by he saw a man which was blind from his birth All right question number one what is happening here. OK There's a man blind from his birth wealth is happening here this is passing by OK Question why is Jesus passing back and we know I just was passing by All right let's look at the verse from the previous chapter last verse from the previous chapter two verses from the previous chapter so John eight fifty eight and fifty nine Jesus said unto them Verily verily I say unto you before Abraham was I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him but Jesus himself and went out of the temple going and going through the midst of them and so passed back nine verse one and as Jesus passed by he saw a man who was blind from his birth so what's happening here there is a man live in his birth we talked about him the picture there is a guy sitting there on the side of the road blind from his birth OK so how do I feel if I'm in this story I can picture this from a couple different perspectives I can picture this is the man the sitting on the side of the road way blind from his birth and in the distance I can hear the chaos of an inferior to the crowd because Jesus has told them before Abraham was I am. And there are no rage because that's the Jewish national name for God and how dare you say that that is blasphemy is who they are grabbing rocks and they're starting to throw it and Jesus hides himself and he starts passing through or you can be one the disciples in this picture OK disciples are here Jews just said that they're all kind of shocked because did he really that that has really come out of Jesus' mouth OK Now Jesus and they're all trying to you know follow him out because they're a Stones flying in fists and shouting and yelling and as Jews as this mob is enraged over what Jesus said he's walking and what does he see a man who's been blind from his birth is just sitting by the roadside canal How are you feeling now from the chaos of this tremendous like climactic statement that Jesus just made and the rage that's flying and the stones that are being snatched from the ground to do this guy in because he just said that just came out of his mouth and in Jesus was walking through and use looks and he sees someone who's been blind from his mother's womb and what does Jesus do or there is a mad mob back there is not a good time to perform a miracle Let's go folks you know disciples Let's move on which is does what does he do as he's passing by he sees and he stops you know how are you feeling if you're present if you're the blind man at this great teacher who's just there's a mob going on back there trying to stone him trying to kill him trying to murder him and yet he has the mind and the serenity to pay attention to me sitting on the roadside or if you're the disciple watching Jesus now. The first question what's happening here Jesus passes by he's a man blind from his birth so we have that picture how do I feel if I'm in the story how do I feel I'm a disciple How do I feel if I'm the man how do I feel if I want to that crowd that so enraged OK third question how does this apply to my life do I still have a God in the midst of a great controversy when there is little planets in our aged about him I may be just someone blind from my birth sitting on the side of the road but Jesus as he's passing by he stops he sees me you see the comfort that we can get from one verse and by the way the story of the man blind from his birth takes. Most of the chapter. So we've just started on the first verse and we have something that isn't rich in and a blessing to us something that's actually pulling us into the scriptures because this is incredibly interesting of the picture of the dust flying and the Stones being snatched up and and Jews walking out and suddenly diverting to deal with some fellow who's been blind from his birth in the disciples I hold goose in this manner is pair I mean this stories are amazing they are so interesting and bordering on I yeah the disciples reaction is just like so much is going on and you're going to be like all loose in OK so there is so much in the Bible do you see but we are in too great haste like the course says all right Oh and there's Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from his birth and then the disciples asked Who's it all and then she said No no not near this narrow space and we zip through and then we're like the Bible's not that interesting and I haven't gotten too much out of my devotions this morning and I go off into my day not even having the comforter in the middle of this chaos Christ notices me sitting on the side of the road because I'm blind from my birth and he wants to give me spiritual eyesight today today so three questions what's happening here and slow down we need to slow down we're in too great a slowdown what is happening here Jesus passing by why is he passing by enter into the story put yourself there second question why you know how I feel if I was here third question how does this apply to my life OK one other story to apply this to so we can really get the principle of how do we get the juice out of these stories OK Deuteronomy thirty three let's take an Old Testament example because we've just already looked at a New Testament example and there's some differences of course between you all to New Testament OK Deuteronomy. Thirty three now and here is where I want to also add a plug in for the conflict of the ages series if you are struggling to see the color in the stories in the Bible look the conflict of the ages series be your friend Genesis to Revelation there is so much profane. His books are so profound so profound OK So so what we're going to use in this example is an example partially of the Bible and then letting the conflict of the ages series inhance our study experience enhanced the story and then figure out how does that apply to my life so we're in Deuteronomy thirty three what's happening in Deuteronomy thirty three we familiar with our Bibles was to run with thirty three. Last words of Moses OK Deuteronomy thirty three literally the last words these people heard out of Moses' mouth who's Moses great man started in Egypt he was the heir to the throne incredible men running the you know the armies all this into intense life that they're very familiar with his history he disappears for forty years because he killed the Egyptian try to do things himself he reappears after forty years of being in the woods and then he comes and now he leaves them for forty years and now he's at the very end of his career this is the last words of Moses Let's come to the closing conclusion of the conclusion of the chapter that by the way as he goes through this chapter he gives a blessing to each tribe and if you read him patriarchs and profits he is standing there giving his last words the spirit of inspiration is resting upon him OK picture this folks we're in this story how what's happening here how I feel if I was standing there the spirit of inspiration is upon this man he is giving these beautiful blessings to these tribes he's already told them I'm not going over with you I'm going to die because of what happened you know at the water's memory where he got upset at them because of how stubborn they were being OK So he's I told them these are my last words this is goodbye this is goodbye to this man who has been with this nation for forty years being their parent and now he's given them each a blessing each child lesson when he comes down to verse or start pick up a twenty six last words of Moses picture this folks you're in the crowd he's standing there last words of Moses twenty six there is none like unto the God of to shoot this is Israel who write it upon the heaven in your help and in his Excellency on the sky the eternal God is that I refuse and underneath are the everlasting arms and he shall thrust out the enemy from before the and shall say destroy them and Israel shal dwell in safety alone in the fountain of Jacob shall be a pall and of corn and wine also his heaven shall drop down do happy art thou O. Israel who is likened to the old people saved by the Lord the shield that I help and who is a sort of sign Excellency and then enemies shall be found liars and to the and thou shalt tread down their high places now here's where conflict of the ages series gives us a color she says that when he finished those words he turned around and walked out of the camp in silence and alone and the people who have been assembled to hear his last words are watching him go getting smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and they know they will never see him again how do you feel if you're standing there now you're starting to remember all the good things Moses done and how he has kept us close to God and how he interceded for us at the calf and how he you know his intercession kept God from disinheriting us as a people and he's getting smaller and smaller and smaller and we will never see him again on earth. And he walks away in silence alone and goes up the mountain as a vision there and he dies OK how do I feel time in that story and how does this apply to my life do I have any Most diseases in my life. When he's telling me to do this I'm frustrated there's no man I listen I'm a solo the slight bread and old guy have this in our Moses and they're always going to be. Exactly they're always frustrated at Moses he's the problem and he's so annoying and he did this and he does that he corrects us and Europe Buicks us and we don't like it we don't like it until we're watching him walking away in silence and alone and we know we will never see him again suddenly we remember OK what Moses do I have my life anybody. Or your parents. The most is in our life and the other Moses in our life and we also got the word of God there's a Moses in our life there abuse us and tells us don't do that this is the way. I can't I do this other thing you know you're cramping my style you're cramping left out you're always rebuking me why can't you see my good traits you know why do you have to be always noticing the things I do wrong our mentors our parents authority figures pastors the Word of God The Spirit of Prophecy are all Moses in our lives that we're feeling frustrated with in the moment but let's put ourselves in that moment and watch and know how precious that Moses should be to us OK So many lessons every story three questions what's happening here how would I feel if I was standing there how does this apply to my life these stories can come alive even one verse of life I'll still a little bit also from this this afternoon we're going to talk about some more of the practical tactics on how we're going this morning we're trying to concentrate on what we study but she's spoken about the conflict at the age of serious and if you're anything like me you know that while we all have them on our shelves at home some of us just adore them and some of them are like oh yeah those but I read those once consciously and you know. The difference can often be in the. But it's can actually often be and how we read. You and I might read the same conflict of ages page you know I might read the same chapter in Scripture and depending on the approach that we took just even the literary approach we took to the words on the page we get it or we completely miss it. All of us have different strengths and learning styles and other so I want to sit here and predicate and say this is the best way to read but I'll tell you for myself I have to read it out loud I have to read it out loud number one if you're reading out loud you are reading at a third of the pace that you read when it's in your brain and you actually have to read every word. When you don't read it when I don't read a lot I read it like a text book who here reads every word of a text book. You're just getting the idea right you want to get the idea that well but scripture there's so much I mean again this is too little verses and we have this whole glorious picture and I'm standing up to my little heart is pounding watching Moses go but you wouldn't get that if we just are there's a little bit of good yes next minute. You know so stop convert to the A just use just full of color and pay and pathos and scripture is full of color and texture and pay the but you've got to actually read it slow enough to absorb it to absorb every word every phrase to absorb the inflections and the ideas and what's being said and even what's not being said in the rest of the colorful glorious picture that's why the three questions are helpful because if we're answering those three questions we have to slow down yeah if they are what is happening here OK how would I feel and adds a lot more color to the story yeah so literally like my sweet wife and I. Obviously we have a devotions most of the time even though we just love being together and everything is most of the time we split up into different rooms when it's. You know time for us because both of us have found that we really do massively better when we are muttering to ourselves all devotions long you know reading under our breath type of thing and when you're in the same room with someone else doing that you know it can be a little bit distracting So basically again this is a this is a matter of. What are we doing we're trying to we're cultivating we're trying to create an environment where the seed can grow because you can't grow seeds. If your devotions are you know particularly dry or hard difficult maybe something's up with the environment you're reading too fast or someone else is reading out loud when you're trying to so there's something distracting something some other element is preventing the life and power and color and texture and emotion even packed in the Word of God from actually impacting you from actually being visible to you that out there OK So want to study number one it's at the top of us because I really think it needs to be at the top of the list story So in brief we learn best by story rather than trying to pack our minds full of information like we did before finals information that the brain the whole time is like. You don't want it which is why we had to sit there and repeated to ourselves over and over and over again get into the story and let the Word of God in the Spirit of God tailor the experience of that story to you know to me today it's practical we can do it again with more technical parts of scripture and we'll talk about those in a minute. But even the technical parts of scripture if you can if you can see the storyline in that most of the time that Pauline epistles or whatever will come to life in new ways to you and suddenly won't be nearly as much of an enigma so stories number one topical study obviously this is another this is another form of study it's another kind of priority in study and it's. It's. I want to go out on the limb and say which was and is most important but I would say topical studies are also highly important and then make up a significant portion of the dynamic devotional experience now topical studies when most of us hear the words topical study we think OK concordance and yes I think that's a good place for your mind to go I would say though we've just finished talking about stories let me give one more plug because I'm just obsessed with stories even topical studies. It's often a good idea to approach it first by story let me give you an example recently in the middle of writing another book and in the midst of writing this book I came to the subject of honor and it was to write a chapter in caps elating what honor is and how we you know how we incorporate it into our lives and I mean where do you start I mean I can I can grab a concordance I can grab an index I can read there's plenty of commentary on honor your father and your mother what is this honor what does it mean and so I spent quite a bit of time. Searching that way and then I sat one day in my chair and I was like OK so I have all these pieces. I have all these statements I have definitions I have quotes that tell me what it is and what it is not in a given circumstance so how does this all fit together so I set my mind to scouring my mental catalogue of bible stories for honor any ideas as to stories situations scenarios and scripture that came to my mind. If I were to tell you I want to story about honor in scripture what stories would come to your mind I hear David I hear Abraham and Isaac I hear Ruth Elijah Jonathan. What came to my mind excellent what came to my mind was was David David who as it is told us in Second Samuel a couple of times. Sorry first on your first Samuel twenty four and then again in twenty six David remember who this guy was he's just a boy when he was. Anointed one hundred twelve years old and he grows up with this knowledge you're going to be the case and he waits he waits until. Not only has he been anointed but now he has been some sense confirmed because he shows up on this battlefield one day and there's this towering guy out there so you know those mouth is just spilling out curses against the almighty God and he's like do you hear him what are you going to do something who is going to deal with this guy and they're like who. So he rushes into the King and he's like I'm you know the king is like you know you're toast I'm toast we're all toast and it was like No I'm not toast OK fine then take my arm or I can't wear this armor there goes out just himself with you know sing in church and the miracle kills this guy is real rats their enemies David had every reason to not just believe intellectually but yet evidence to suggest yeah God is with me. I am the next king of Israel but we know a few years later he's kind of absorbed into the royal household and of course he has this constant he's the king becomes his father in law and he has this constant tug of war and in fact on several occasions they've tried to kill him now what would you be thinking if you were the anointed of God What would you be thinking if you are clearly the next king of Israel the next king appointed mind you because the current is a scoundrel. So judged by God himself maybe you would be thinking maybe we would be thinking the same thing the Davids men were thinking when Saul totters into the cave all exhausted and. Takes a nap right in the middle of David's men and they're like. Look. Here's a look at him into your hands and David's response is delivered him into my hands you know he's the Lord's anointed he's the Lord's anointed How dare I raise my hand against the Lord's anointed two chapters it happens again once in the field once in the cave and he comes out later Mind you that one time you know he cut off the corner of of souls rope the one time the other time he steals his spear in his and his conscience the Bible says conscience smote him after he cut off the corner of the garment like who I've ruined the king's robe and I'm sitting here reading thinking really. You are the king you are that you have been anointed king of Israel this other guy is a scoundrel he's obviously on your trail he's trying to kill you twice and while Saul is on the campaign to kill David David is going to feel small and is harmed that is just cut off the corner of the robe and saves the king's life so that he can stand across the canyon to be like. I'm not trying to kill you. Honor just took on a whole new meaning for me now in light of that. I can scour my Bible using my can chords for other instances of the word or related words I can scour. Other key concepts that I find you know in the life of David for example you find this pattern when you juxtapose his life with the life of Saul the times. When you juxtapose his life with a life and so you see this pattern David over and over and over and over and over again refused to take matters into his own hands this is the active ingredient in David I'm just going to spoiler alert spoiler alert David refuses to take matters into his own hands Paul Saul on the other hand does exactly the opposite remember when Sol's big the first big one was good sacrifices because well for crying out loud the prophecy is not showing up when you move them to low the Philistines are over there and the people are clamoring to find I do myself so now I have my honor concept and maybe I have an active ingredient in honor over here from this you know from this other corner of the story I can have a topical study on this little bit is what you see how the the study can just expand and go all kinds of places you would never you and I would never think to look that up in accordance but the story help to sniff it out if that makes sense so we have stories you can study for the sake of the story but we can also have actual topical studies I know I have this particular need in my life I'm supposed to preach a sermon and I feel called to preach on this particular subject OK so let the concordance be your friend let the scripture Index be your friend let the Bible Commentary be your friend let the E.G. why app be your friend and. But use the use the stories to your advantage as well that's my bottom line the likelihood of getting derailed on a wind of doctrine is much lower when you see the story because the story is the whole package. If I just even write a whole sermon based on ten awesome quotes I found on the definitions of honor. That's not the whole package something since there's it would be hard for me to build a comprehensive This is the balancing because even in the life of David that one story you see the balancing act. David is not just a doorman. He's not just an abused run over you know though he's the king and he knows he's the rightful king but the same time he's going to exercise this restraints phenomenal phenomenal losses go on and on and in stories and in topical studies and in all study of the Word of God What we want to be sure is happening is that it's changing the way we think so we have a particular need on a particular subject I'll give you an example when I was young I was molested by someone that was not not too close to our family but not too far from our family either OK so in processing through that I ended up going to a particular chapters especially desire images that express Christ compassion is desire to heal and it is the way he relates to those sort of difficult situations I wouldn't read those chapters over and over and over and over and over until my mind reflected what that chapter set you see that so often we go through life and we have one picture of God in our hearts but we know the Bible says you know God's really this way but our says this and I will examine her says this and so we're kind of strung between two we need to inundate ourselves with what this book says what the Word of God says who describes God to be over and over and over and over and over until it changes the way we think and if it means that we're reading this similar chapters if we're reading similar things similar stories over and over again until it changes the way we think so be it and once it changes the way we think Praise the Lord we are more heavenly minded All right so now we've talked about stories we talk about topical so we need to fly OK So let's talk about studying by book how do we really extract if we want to study let's say maybe the epistles or if we decide we want to study one of the Gospels how do we really extract what is there from it let me give you. Very practical principles and I'll give you an example where I would say the first thing when you're reading a book is to read you the whole thing if the book is short enough or if it's too long to read a whole section quickly. Now I know we were just talking about slowing down however there is something to be said about getting the big picture so you read through it quickly to get the big picture and then you go back and read it verse by verse by verse and say OK what is this first saying and how does this fit into the big picture let me give you an example from my current devotional that this is where I am right now Book of Titus so I was like OK I just finished doing a study through the book of first Peter Sellers like Walsh I read through second Peter now study through second Peter or shall I do something different you know and never has to change things up Pastor Mark always says to us any method used exclusively is a poor method change it up the brain like for writing we don't just do the same thing all the time if we do the same thing all the time becomes boring to us so I said OK so I'm doing second Peter immediately I'm going to do a different person so I came to Titus and I was like OK you know I haven't done really in-depth study is a tie is you know it's most a million people you know that into the discussions about the virtues of our bank keepers at home and I like that and then that becomes a point of contention whereas what is the epistle really trying to say why is that first included the pestle So we go and we read through the entire pestilence I read through the entire post all in one sitting in a few minutes it's only three chapters long case it's not that long but then I'm like OK what's the point this is actually the Epistle to the Christians essentially he was Titus was the leader of the Christian Church the time the Church of Crete and what was the Christian's issues and Paul or tickle it's very clearly what the struggles in the church were how do those struggles relate to my life in the big picture do I have some of those same weaknesses then as we go through what was it what was Paul's general as you know application of hey this is how you fix those issues within the Christian church essentially they were extremely immature and they were having the issues of an immature church and so do I have the same immaturity is in my life now after I've read the big picture and I see hey this is the big picture of what's happening in Titus and in the Christian church and to the leader of the Christian church which is who the Apostles written to us not into the people through the leader OK Now let me go back and study it through burst by first what is he saying in first one what is he saying in verse two What is he saying in verse six through eight What is he saying in verse you know thirteen fourteen fifteen and so as I started going through and I'm reading it through slowly patterns begin to emerge because I have the big picture and now I'm studying it precisely and through this last time and I've gone through I realised in the apostle of Titus Paul is essentially obsessed with two things sobriety and. Being sound. Sober and sound sober and sound if you circle all the times which I did my Bible he says sober or sound it's everywhere all through the chapter on sober sound sober sober sound sober sound so now we begin to realize this picture hey here's the issue of immaturity in the creation church they're getting into contention they're getting into fights they don't have you know mature Christian characters and what is the solution that Paul is giving sobriety and soundness OK what does that mean so then that's when we start going to Strong's Concordance and say hey what does sobriety mean that just mean you're no smiles no that's not what that means so what does it mean what does soundness mean and so we start looking then at Strong's Concordance looking down and then we start understanding that Paul is actually giving an application an actual way but you can deal with immaturity in the character we're not talking about personality maturity but character in maturity how can we grow and develop into mature stable sound solid healthy Christians and it's all in the book of. So study my story by topical study by book by author. And spend a lot of time on this one or almost out of time but I just want to throw out there we can for example get obsessed with OK first jhana need to understand. Authors just obsessing over and over and over about love love love and love is a God and God is love and saying the same thing in you know just over and over again in different words what is the point what is he you can get insights into a book of first second and third John by reading guess what book The apostle John. It's the same author and so if there's a missing link somewhere you often find that missing link somewhere else in that same author's statements the same can be true obviously for the Apostle Paul there's a lot more of those but one example which we'll talk about more thoroughly this afternoon when we talk about how to understand Paul's rambling. Parts. There is. For example the Book of you is in essence a miniature of another book Paul wrote someone know which book that is. Colossians close. Efficiency is a miniature ROMANS So if you're reading three fusions and you find a part of this like OK that OK that makes sense but how did you get there from here like there seems to be a missing step sometimes there is a missing step because it's efficient this way shorter than ROMANS So anyway this is just some Those are hints remember that author you know whatever author you're reading may very well have written something else in the Bible that might be the key to understanding what you're doing through now this one I think let's pick out of that yeah let's because that is this afternoon when we when we come back we will finish this discussion and. Transition into how. Not just what to you know what to read what to pursue wall diversions but how specifically to do that we'll talk about the role of prayer in study and how prayer brings the study alive will also I got a question here what do you do if despite every effort of surrender and commitment your devotion is still unsatisfying and flat is there something wrong with your spiritual life or with you accepting a question we don't have time to do without Now those who will deal with that early this afternoon when we come back by your hands with us as we pray by in heaven thank you so much for for this morning for the opportunity that we've had to seek you as to open your word and just even see a little bit of the light that can come from its pages we pray that you would take this and make it a stepping stone make it a springboard from which greater intimacy with you and greater understanding of your word can come pray for your blessing on each of our friends in this room that as they go from this place your spirit might go with them that our joy might be full to the rest of today in Jesus' name amen amen. 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