Thursday, October 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 284 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Nehemiah 5:19, “Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.”
Nehemiah 6:8, “ I sent him this reply: ‘Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.’ They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.'”
But I prayed, ‘Now strengthen my hands.’
13 “He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.”
Psalm 146:3, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”
Luke 24:32, [On the road to Emmaus] “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
45 “Then he [Jesus] opened their minds [the disciples] so they could understand the Scriptures.
The two men on the road to Emmaus… Their hearts burned as he talked to them and “opened the scriptures to them…” And the disciples, Jesus “opened their minds” so they could understand the scriptures.
I often hear people say they can’t understand the Bible.
I mean, sure, there is a lot in the Bible that is difficult to understand…
But I wonder how many of us just need to have our “minds opened” to the scriptures? The disciples were certainly open to the scriptures and to Jesus’ teaching before this time, right?
The same with the two guys on the road… they described Jesus (funny, to Jesus, without knowing it…) as a man “powerful in word and deed.” Then they invited him to stay with them for the night…
I believe we all need to be, well, enlightened, to the scriptures… I don’t love using that word, because it seems a little “new-agey” to me, but even the Apostle Paul said, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…” (Ephesians 1:18).
And Hebrews 6 refers to those who have been… you guessed it, “enlightened.”
So what am I saying? Just wondering how this works? I’m sure God has opened the scriptures to me. Seems he has anyway…
But I’m wondering for those that may struggle to understand the scriptures, if they simply prayed to God that the eyes of their heart would be enlightened…
Wondering if it’s like lighting a pilot light on your furnace…
Having said that, both of those encounters, with the disciples and the two men, both were before the gift of the Holy Spirit being poured out. Wondering if once we receive Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, if that’s when the enlightenment occurs? If that’s when Jesus “opens our minds” to understand the scriptures?
Or if it’s something else? Another separate event? A series of events, a maturing that occurs?
I mean, the disciples were with Jesus for three years, every day! Did he not open their minds to the scriptures before the resurrection?
Seems to me that would have been beneficial to them. Might have saved them a lot of discussions?
Just how my mind works…
Lord, open my mind to the scriptures… that my heart would burn within me, as did the two men’s hearts on the road to Emmaus!