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    Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

    Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth

    2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    One day, Frances was looking for her glasses and couldn't find them. She asked me to help her look for them and when I looked at her, I saw her wearing them on her head like a hairpiece. I asked her what was that on her head, she felt on her head and found her glasses!

    You know, sometimes we are like that in our own lives. We are looking for a crucial piece of a puzzling question everywhere and can't find it but we forgot to "examine ourselves" for that answer. The bible says we are to "study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman rightly dividing the word of truth." This phrase "study to show yourself approved" does not mean to study the bible as if you are preparing for a test but means that you are to EXAMINE yourself to see if there is any self-will or selfishness still in you; to examine all the motives of your heart to see if you are walking in obedience to the Father. Being "approved unto God" means you are seeking to please Him rather than yourself. It also implies that without His approval, you recognize that you NEED His approval in order to go on to other things, for without it, you need to continue to examine yourself further, not until you are satisfied and have approved yourself; not until others are satisfied and have approved of you. Only God, the Father, can give you His approval and ONLY THEN can you move on to do those things He is calling you to do.

    You see, all too often, we want to take shortcuts so that we can finish quickly because what we see in front of us is such a great need and more laborers are needed in the field because they are white for harvest. But before you rush off, consider Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. He WAITED till He was 30 years of age, the age declared by God before a priest could begin his service in the temple. During all that time, the needs were not only great but very great. Look at the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. How about the woman who was bent over for 18 years. And the man at the pool of Bethesda who had been there for longer than Jesus was alive in His human form. Yes, there was great need but Jesus still waited patiently and did not seek to rush into His ministry because of the need.

    You see, if you are driven by the needs, you cannot be obedient to God. Only those who walk in obedience to God's Spirit will HEAR His voice and SEE what He is showing them what He is doing and do and speak likewise. Only THEN will those needs be met for LIFE does not emanate from US but life is GIVEN through God's Spirit.

    The great deception that is already in the world and will reach its peak of power will be a NEEDS DRIVEN deception where MANKIND will try to meet those needs and in this exalt themselves. Yes, they will mention the name of Jesus but the motives of their heart will NOT be in obedient to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying but by the cry of the people.

    You may wonder what the difference is. The people in Jesus' day, because of His miracles; because of His manifested authority over demons; because of the power of His words, they sought to take Him and make Him their king. Although this is why Jesus came into the world, becoming king in this way was not His Father's plan so Jesus removed Himself from the people because He knew this was in their heart.

    Jesus did not come to serve by the "will of the people" but by the "will of His Father". This does not mean that if we serve by the will of the Father and wait for His approval, no matter how short or long that may take, we do not love these people and do not want to heal them or deliver them or to teach them. Again, it cannot be by your own will but your will MUST bow down and wait for God's will and approval BEFORE you are released to serve.

    So what did Jesus do while waiting for the Father's approval? Answer: He lived as a Son. We are all called to learn of Jesus in order to find that "rest" He spoke of. That "rest" can only be found when we are walking in relationship with the Father through His Holy Spirit. We must BECOME sons and daughters of God through the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.

    When we are born again, we become God's offspring but to become a son or daughter, we are "groomed" for that for we know nothing of His courts or His ways. We must grow up into Him and PUT ON the Lord Jesus Christ. This means to adopt His Ways, His thoughts, His mind-sets, His purpose and His devotion to His Father. We must become as Jesus is, the living Son of His Father. It is out of this relationship that God will eventually approve us and send us forth to that work He has prepared us for. He never sends His laborers into the field without first TRAINING them but included in that training is HOW we are to live, act, think, talk and walk like our Father does.

    This is not an instantaneous thing. It is a journey and this journey will not take place all at once but will be a process of growth. We must always keep our eyes and our focus on our Savior. Jesus said in John 16 that the Spirit of Truth will come and lead us and guide us into ALL TRUTH. When you receive the empowerment given in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the very heart of Jesus and the Father come and opens the eyes of your heart and your mind to see and experience His heart. This is not an experience of mere words but a spiritual experience beyond what you have ever experienced in your entire life. It is a DEPOSIT of heaven given to you so you may have a TASTE of what is to come. The visions you receive is but a foretaste of where God intends to take you IF YOU ARE WILLING AND OBEDIENT.

    Once your journey begins, you will have occasion after occasion to examine yourself because what ruled over you before you came to Christ was your own selfishness and self-will. You obeyed all that was in your heart to do without the ability to discern that it was our adversary who actually influenced you to do those things. Once enlightened through the Spirit of God, all those motives of the heart MUST BE PUT ON THE CROSS OF CHRIST. You MUST agree with His judgment of your sin and see it for what it is. THIS is called the circumcision of the heart. Once you've seen the depths of your sin and God's judgment as being righteous and your worthiness of all condemnation, THEN you ask Jesus for forgiveness and mercy. He then GIVES you His mercy and forgives you your sin. From this point, you begin to recognize, without anyone else telling you, that you need to EXAMINE every motive of your heart to see if it is coming from your own desire or the desire of the adversary or the desire of God. All those thoughts that do NOT come from God, you TAKE CAPTIVE to the obedience that Christ showed where He obeyed the Father, even unto death.

    THIS, what I have described to you, is what it means to "study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman rightly dividing the word of truth". For how can you rightly divide the word of God if your heart is still in bondage to the desires of your flesh? Unless you learn to come into full obedience to the Spirit of your Heavenly Father, you will never be able to "rightly divide the word of God" and as such, be ashamed when the truth is revealed.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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    4 comments :

    1. This really got to the heart of the matter. Gives me something to pray about

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    2. Another example that I did not include in this message was that Jesus was so intent in walking in total obedience to His Father and NOT focused on the needs as His guide or motivation, was evident when He walked into the pool of Bethesda where that paralyzed man had been for more than 40 years. There was a MULTITUDE waiting for the stirring of those waters but only one would be healed IF they stepped into the water first. Jesus had been healing and delivering multitudes in other places but in THIS place, ONLY ONE was healed? No explanation was given. You are left to wonder the reason WHY only one was healed with so many not touched by Jesus' hand. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the truth of that reason why. If Jesus was NEEDS driven, every soul at that pool would have been healed but because Jesus was NOT needs driven but walking in complete obedience to His Father's will as the Father was making that will known to Him, Jesus only healed the one because THAT was the Father's will. All those other souls continued to remain at that place, waiting for the angel to stir the waters. Did some leave that place to find Jesus? We can't know. Nothing is said about that in the gospel accounts.

      I wonder. If those today who believe in God's healing power, how many would have laid hands on everyone they could at the pool of Bethesda and would have considered ONE healing as a smashing success but all the others whom they would have prayed for, would have turned away in disappointment. Do you believe that those who did not receive their healing would have been encouraged that at least one of them was healed? Not likely. If YOU were in desperate need for healing and someone prayed for you to get healed but nothing happened and then another one came and prayed and nothing happened, how before you would begin to feel that perhaps God really doesn't love you? That surely there must be something wrong for why would God not WANT to heal you? Ever met anyone like that? I have. And the Spirit of the Lord showed me when and at what age that person's hope fled away. Finally, that person received what they thought would never be theirs.

      This is what happens when men do not walk according the guidance and instruction of the Holy Spirit. Our ministry is not up to us, neither is it "needs driven" but unless God builds the house, they labor in vain who build. Now the question we must ask ourselves, if WE walked into a multitude of people and God told us to heal and deliver everyone and as we obeyed, He actually heals and delivers everyone. Then, we are sent to another where the needs are extremely obvious, would we take our previous experience and just presume that God wants to heal them all and commence to pray for everyone but only one is healed. Would we feel victorious or would we examine ourselves before the Lord and seek Him to learn why all those others were not healed. If we did the latter, He would have showed us that we were not walking according to His instructions but we made a PRESUMPTION, which is sin. I have seen this happen far too many times. Every person He instructed me to pray for their healing and/or deliverance was delivered of whatever malady they suffered from. On the other side of the coin, everyone I presumed He wanted to heal and deliver, received nothing by His hand. Let me tell you, those were the most humiliating experiences of my life. Lesson learned!

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    3. All I can say is Amen to that. actually I got a little taste of that today. As soon as I was started to talk to someone this evening, I realized it wasn't the Lords will at this point when I was explaining something to them in scripture. They weren't ready and I realized I was being presumptuous.Your message is in this is counsel that we would do well to heed

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