Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How to Read the Bible -- For Every Circumstance

To read the Bible according to God’s providential order in your circumstances is the only way to read it, viz., in the blood and passion of personal life. -- Oswald Chambers

It is not our own flesh and blood that must guide our reading and understanding of scripture, but rather Christ's:

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Romans 8:3)


"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

"By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

"And having an high priest over the house of God;

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10: 19-22)

Let us discern the Flesh and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

When Jesus met his downcast disciples Cleopas and company on the road to Emmaus, Jesus taught of Himself in all the Scriptures:

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

"Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24: 25-27)

Jesus even convicted the Pharisees for the spiritual blindness, pointing the Scriptures as proof and testimony of Himself:

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

We do not need to find a specific answer to our circumstances, we need only discern more about the Beloved Lord and Savior, Man and Glory Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the answer to every problem, the supply for every need, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the First of Many Brethren, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World, the Good Shepherd, the First and the Last, and who has been from the beginning!

What more does one need to overcome one's circumstances?:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)


"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

and therefore

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)

Read about Jesus, learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, ready to rest you of all you burdens (Mathew 11: 28) In Him, no circumstance will overcome you, no problem will overwhelm you:

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 54:17)


"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." (Romans 8:37)

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