Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
As a young believer in Christ, starting out at age 35, I was trying to make up for lost time in Christ by wanting to understand everything in the Bible ' like right NOW! I just assumed I was supposed to. I frustrated myself a great deal by trying to understand a lot of things talked about in the Bible that weren't all as important as I assumed they were supposed to be at the time - at least important for me.
I thank God so much for a seasoned brother in the Lord by the name of David Tiesma who sensed my frustration, and suggested to me something he had been taught years earlier. 'Build yourself an imaginary Bible doctrine closet, Norm, and put as many shelves in it as you need. The more important Christian doctrines you are trying to understand ' put them on a lower shelf where it's easy to pull them off the shelf to examine them. The one's that aren't all that important ' put them up on a higher doctrine shelf. Trust God when to pull a given Bible doctrine off the shelf, and ask and trust the Holy Spirit to give you the necessary revelation of that Bible doctrine. He will, in His timing, if it's important to Him that you know. That's part of His responsibility to Christian believers.'
Dave's suggestion was a fresh drink of cold water in a very hot and spiritually confusing desert. It was some of the wisest advice I had heard since giving my life to Christ up to that time. It brought such peace to my soul, and now after 30 years plus of being a Christian, I STILL use my imaginary Bible doctrine closet to store what I'm trying to understand from the Bible, but just can't quite seem to be able to bring all the pieces together of correct understanding of what I believe God would have me believe on a given topic.
As I look back over those 30 some plus years of walking with Jesus, as of this writing, I've grown to understand that God gives us revelation of Bible truths as HE determines we need them ' not necessary as we think we need to understand them. And amazingly ' God doesn't expect some of us to know as much about Bible truth as we think we should know ' though God honors our desire to understand Bible truth, especially if it's for the purpose of helping others to understand it correctly.
I've grown to realize God is oftentimes more concerned with us getting sin out of our lives and walking daily in obedience to Him than being experts on so many Bible doctrines. (In fact, our sin can actually give place to the devil to hinder our understanding of certain Bible truths).
As a sidebar, I used to testify that I was seriously addicted to alcohol and cigarettes prior to being saved, and both addictions were difficult for me to get victory over after I became a believer. As the years went by, the Holy Spirit began to quicken to my understanding that I was addicted to two spiritual drugs far more lethal than alcohol and cigarettes - in a spiritual sense anyway. These two deadly spiritual drugs were the drugs of doubt and unbelief. Satan has the whole world addicted to those two spiritual drugs, and the effects of them are to either keep a person from reading the Bible period (or hearing it read and/or taught-preached) ... and not being able to believe (let alone understand) what they are reading if they are reading the Bible. (Here's a testimony of how God began to set me free from these two deadly spiritual drugs - thank you so much, Lord!).
As each day goes by, we are closer to the return of Jesus Christ to snatch away believers in Christ Jesus (rapture; catch up; be gathered to Him). (Thank you Father - give me more patience to be patient! This world is getting so saturated with sin and Christ haters). It could be many decades or centuries from now should the Father will, or a few short years or even months or weeks or days, depending on when you are reading this. God tells us in the Bible that the world will abound with false-prophets (deceived spiritual teachers doing Satan's bidding) prior to His return. Do an Internet search on any Bible topic you want. It's amazing the different beliefs people have on subjects in the Bible, as you are undoubtedly aware, if you've had access to the Internet for any length of time. I would say it's very safe to believe that we already abound with numerous deceived, false mouth pieces (prophets) believing to be speaking on God's behalf, yet are nothing more than vessels Satan uses to keep spiritual confusion growing ' making it more and more difficult to come to peace with what we are to believe from God's holy Word.
I'm a died in the wool believer that God will not give any human being 100% full revelation of ALL His truth recorded in the Bible. If He did, fallible-vulnerable humans that we are, we would look to another mere human for all our spiritual answers. As it stands, God forces us to rely on the Holy Spirit to give each of us revelation of truth in His Word. That way we all need to depend more on Him, and on other Christians and other Bible scholars to keep us on the straight and narrow path leading to eternal life, and it also keeps us from entering into spiritual pride. Some Christians may only have 50% revelation of truth from God's Word, or maybe less. Other Christians may have 98% revelation of truth from God's Word. With demonic deception abounding more and more, the mere fact that Christians can agree that the Bible is God's only fully trusted source for spiritual truth ' well ' that alone is much to be thankful to God for do to Satan's 24x7 injections of doubt and unbelief into humanity!
I'm a believer that God sometimes never gives us a great deal of revelation of His truth until we start practicing the truth He's already revealed to us. We humans desire to be authorities on spiritual matters, but practicing what God wants us practicing? Well ' that becomes another matter completely, doesn't it? God is looking for doers of the Word; not just hearers.
I guess I've said my peace, so it's about time to stop.
Well ' on a lingering thought, there's one more thing I feel the Holy Spirit would have me say. If you never understand much of the Bible, but truly desire to know and please the One who inspired the Bible to be written for you ' you're on the right path to gaining everything eternal.
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