Meditation: = the repeating or muttering of a concept. It an also mean to chew like a cud, to remember over and over, to murmur, and to sigh. Joshua was instructed to meditate on the Book of the Law and to obey it (Josh 1:8). Psalms 1:2 says the "blessed man" meditates on God's law day and night. The psalmist also prayed that the meditation of his heart would be acceptable in God's sight (Ps 19:14). Paul, in 1 Tim 4:15, urged Timothy to meditate, or to carefully follow his instructions. (See also Phil 4:8 and Col 3:2.)
** Write out Deut. 8:2, Num. 15:39, & Prov. 3:1 and meditate.
Godly intuition = a strong knowing or perception to our spirit from the Spirit of God. This perception sends a message to the conscious mind of our redeemed soul.
Godly communion = a strong drawing into a relationship with the Spirit of God. A hunger for intimacy, or a deeper and stronger craving.
Godly conscience = a strong voice of approval or disapproval of our actions, conduct, or motivation. The conscience enforces our values and convictions (1 Jn. 3:19-22).
Right knowing of the Spirit of Life also brings:
Physical health and long life.
Freedom from false thoughts.
Happiness, peace, and self-control.
Faith and not fear.
Expanded direction and vision.
Only the renewed mind can discern accurately. Only transformation can replace negative feelings with self-actualizing thoughts.
You need to know three things about your past. Number one: You can’t change the past. Number two: Some of the past is good – some bad. Number three: All those experiences influence who you are today. Knowing these three things helps us to deal with the bad memories. Relate to the negative past as if it were long ago. Don’t generate the enlarged or changed version of it. Unless you deal with the past, it could become a bitter root of expectancy – always reappearing in your tranquil garden. Here’s what you have to do:
Don’t focus on past failures. Testify only with a triumphant report.
Don’t allow bitterness or comparisons to dwell.
Ask God to forgive you for building a whole system around bad memories. Allow your new thought patterns to overcome your present ones. Force right words daily until they become a habit.
Value the present moment, and don’t give too much attention to the yesterdays. Go forward and face disappointments as one who has authority over it, not as one in bondage to that memory. It’s a weed, something you don’t want growing. Get rid of it. Don’t just read this part. Do it.
Forgive those involved who may have distorted your view of truth.
Begin again to plan your life with vision and goals. Set your goals carefully and you will gain control. Center on the action necessary to accomplish new goals. With God’s help you will no longer drift aimlessly. Be occupied with going forward. You’ll soon become a good steward over the life for which you are accountable… “Well done.”
Set your mind on the “joy set before you” to finish the course.
A renewed mind discerns and analyzes the nature of the influencing thoughts. When the Holy Spirit divinely influences your renewed human spirit, then these messages process divinely inspired thoughts. You have the mind of Christ! Yes, you really do.
right knowing brings accuracy:
Even the Pharisees had the right information, but their natural mind could not comprehend it, “...You search the Scriptures diligently because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through THEM. (But those scholars missed the point. Jesus clarified it.) And these very Scriptures testify about Me!” (John 5:39).
Rational thought (The TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL) provided the Pharisees ample INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE that was totally factual — but they missed the eternal Truth of knowing Jesus!
So, why do we study the Scriptures? Not just for information. We should study so that the Father might grant us “a spirit of wisdom and REVELATION in the deep and intimate knowledge OF HIM...”(Eph. 1:17). That’s Christ revealing Himself... THAT revelation knowledge comes from a different Tree – the Tree of LIFE!
the knowledge of God:
Still, everywhere you look, the fallen nature produces uncertainty... people are depressed and unsure about what to do. Many are fearful of the unknown. These days it seems that almost everyone – believer and nonbeliever – falters with double mindedness. Isaiah describes those exceptions who walk without earthly fear. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times…. (Isaiah 22:6a). Yes, only actuated wisdom and knowledge will stabilize your life. You can build your house upon this truth.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
(Rom. 11:33 NIV)
The Bible clearly states that God demanded people to have the knowledge of Him even more than He wanted sacrifices and burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6). Why is knowledge so important? Well, if we have it, then God can do great things through us. Habakkuk says that one day all the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord – even as the waters cover the sea (2:14). That means that the knowledge of God’s glory will manifest everywhere and the world will know Him.
Hosea also says that we are destroyed by a lack of knowledge (4:6). He’s talking about a lack of the kind of knowledge that transcends facts and becomes truth. A lack of meaningful knowledge is the reason why so many people are unhappy. Knowledge that is not pertinent causes us to make wrong decisions. Irrelevant knowledge produces an illusion that will not propagate. But, we are given grace to live according to God’s will and this grace multiplies when we gain His knowledge. We can know ministry and not know God. Israel knew His works but not His ways (Ps. 103:7). Israel, God’s chosen people, departed from the heritage of wisdom and followed false cultural principles. Likewise, we can quote Scriptures and NOT know how to utilize them in our lives. We need God’s knowledge.
When a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge. (Prov 21:11)
Knowledge comes easily to the discerning. (Prov 14:6)
Jesus said, If you continue (abide, settle down into, make it part of your life) in my Word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 16:31-33). Know is the Greek word, ginosko meaning “progressive ever revealing knowledge.” This knowing implies relationship between the one who knows and what is to be known. That kind of knowing brings liberty into our lives.
Wisdom longs to be discovered. She hides – hoping to become planted deep inside our being. Psalms 51:6 says, Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (KJV) God hides mysteries and it’s the wisdom of kings to search it out (Prov. 25:2, 1 Cor. 2:7, Col. 2:3).
“Knowledge is horizontal. Wisdom is vertical – it comes down from above.”
The profound experience of transitioning into this NEW CREATION reality connects us more actively to our Maker and one another. This quickened knowing enriches each present moment. Now, our lives have energized direction and structure, and our words have great impact. We go farther, we have a commanding presence, and we are a Biblical example of a Divine lifestyle. As NEW CREATION people, we define our own cosmos and know our right to rule in life. We attain new realities of the self-confidence of who we are in God. We provoke new levels of Truth and relate to others on a global level.
the furniture for your house:
God cannot fully inhabit an immature house - even though seemingly successful spiritual activities may occur. Eph 1:23 declares that we (the church) are the fullness of Him who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything every where with Himself (AMP). That word “fullness” is pleroma which means “to finish and to furnish!” In other words, God – the Grand Decorator – furnishes us with Himself.
Yes, the Lord has it all planned, right down to the finest décor. Proverbs 24:4. By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. What we have to do is gather that knowledge about what it takes to complete this project of building our lives according to His plan. What will we look like? Say it with me. “Jesus.”
Knowledge becomes the second step of the temple that we must arise and build! Wise men lay up knowledge… Prov. 10:14a. Sometimes when we assimilate information that we have not known before, it will contradict other information already stored. We must choose to learn/ and learn to choose that which builds on Truth. Beloved, it matters what we know! That’s why we must relearn incorrect thoughts and transform our mind. We insist upon remembering the good things of life – not just the bad. We remember the good people and not just the ones who betrayed us. Truth accepted in our sub-conscious fills our rooms with precious and pleasant riches.
Returning to RIGHT KNOWING:
Many modern churches present a living Jesus who comes to meet needs. Many unbelievers are still attracted to these particular churches because they nurture humanity issues. These churches are generally high-spirited, fun loving, and fast growing. They teach and preach ACTION and strategies. They teach us how to wrestle with the flesh (the OLD MAN), our problems, and the devil. They are need-oriented. Building centered.
However, the emerging Apostolic church KNOWS the reality of the resurrected Lord and His full redemption. They seek LIFE. They’re not just “doers” of the Word, but they BECOME the Word. They are a witness (to embody the principle, not just talk). Their hope is to BE an example, to BE prayer, to BE worship, to emulate Christ. These believers no longer come through the veil. The veil’s been rent... They’ve come to where God alone dwells, where the cherubim faces touch. Here is the ONLY altar – at The Mercy Seat of intense communion. No devil can exist in this Holy place. This NEW CREATURE, the image of the PATTERN SON, builds this temple with proclamations and decrees of the Word that forcefully advance the kingdom. This believer is “caught up” in His nature, consumed with Him, overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and revealing Christ.
As we’ve said, true wisdom is not of man’s words (1 Cor. 1:17). Jesus, the Wisdom of God (vs. 24), succeeded in living as the wisdom of God in this world. He, our forerunner, now gives that supernatural wisdom to us – into our spirit, our soul, and our body. As (grown up) “sons of God,” we choose to embrace the purpose of Jesus – to maintain the destruction of every last vestige of the devil’s influence in the church. We immediately destroy demonic structures and bring to pass that which has already been determined. In the distance, there may be an occasional roar, but we eliminate his every effort.
In spite of that glorious truth, many still try to bring wholeness to that old nature which must ultimately be reckoned as dead... You see, the OLD MAN or the Adamic fallen nature is like Humpty Dumpty – it CAN NEVER be put back together again in the right way! It must DIE and then be transformed, regenerated, and made anew by the operative revelation into the image of the Son of God.
There will always be Christians struggling to crucify their flesh, fighting the endless wars in their SOUL, unable to grasp the reality of the FINISHED work of the cross. We find that relentless soul realm struggle in people like Martha in verse 24 of John 11. Jesus told her the resurrection message and she just didn’t comprehend it. She could only use her natural instincts to reply, “Yes, that will happen AFTER we die and go to heaven,” not grasping the PRESENT reality of Jesus being the resurrection. It’s happening now!
Jesus explained this concept very emphatically in Matt. 16:25, “He who seeks to save HIS LIFE (soul life) shall lose it...” The word for save is ‘sozo,’ which means to protect, preserve, or make whole. Interestingly, the word life in this verse is ‘psuche’ which, as you know by now, means the mind, or the SOUL! In other words, if we try to preserve our fallen nature (already dead Adamic SOUL life), we’ll lose it (destroy it fully and be left with nothing).
The God-life living through us KNOWS (intimately acquainted) God and the power (dunamis — capable of reproducing itself) of His resurrection (Phil. 3:1). Those believers have lost the fallen psuche (SOUL life). That’s why Jesus said, “...If any man will come after Me, let him deny himSELF (old nature) and take up his cross, and follow Me...”(Matt. 16:24). This new focus changes from endlessly dying to self (that religious practice that leads to false humbleness and pride) – into becoming “conformable (in union) with his death.” Now, we can follow His LIFE. That ultimate denial of our old man causes us to LIVE in the new – with a spiritually centered LIFE.
Typologically, Eden (which means God’s delight) is first and foremost a state of being. That’s our goal – to live in a place of God’s delight, (Hepzibah- my delight is in her). The first humans lived in a garden with the incorruptible life of God available to them. They were masters over all things, living above sin, sickness, pain, or death. Eden revealed God's nature and purpose toward His creation – that humanity would rule and reign. God’s desire was to “delight” Himself (for His pleasure we are created) in us.
The dynamic is that Jesus waits (ever interceding) in the heavenlies for us to be delivered from sin's desolation and to become the NEW CREATION living again in the Paradise garden of Eden, (Acts 17, Ezek. 36:35; and Jn. 1:12). God (the Husbandman – Jms 5:7) waits to forcefully reconnect and reap our fruit. We must “catch” the REVELATION of this true wisdom — that Christ LIVES His soul-LIFE fully through us, NOW in this lifetime. We become the Edenic landscaped garden where He comes to eat of our lives.
he 3rd step
This is a book about becoming happy because we find wisdom – wisdom is “the most important thing.” But, there are three steps to get to wisdom. Prov 9:10 says, The (#1) fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the (#2) knowledge of the holy (One) is (#3) understanding.
Once we have awesome reverence (fear, godliness) and accumulated accurate knowledge, we have a wonderful start. But it’s not enough to just know about something. Now, we can build the next foundational layer in our Proverbs house of Wisdom– that of UNDERSTANDING.
Recently, I went to Egypt and learned a lot of facts. We traveled for days and I took notebooks full of notes. Trouble was – I didn’t understand how to apply anything that I had learned! And so it is with most things that we KNOW… we still have to understand them. Until our KNOWING becomes transformed and activated, we’ll not UNDERSTAND the things of God.
Many times we wait for the release of our future, but we must be willing to understand the places of our old nature that need to be removed – those broken boards and bricks that have built their own rigid walls. We need to understand how to incorporate what we know into a reality. We understand according to the purity of our heart motive. The voice of understanding calls us onward into deeper recesses of our temple, into the Holy of Holies.
Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:45 (KJV)
Understanding establishes the house:
Prov: 4:5, 7 demands … And with all thy getting get understanding. (God said to get it)… In other words, get the knowledge of God and then understand it. Paul instructed Timothy Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
The consequences of obtaining correct knowledge leads you to “understand” what you know – otherwise, what you know won’t do you any good. It’s better to learn a little bit and understand that part — than to get a college degree and not understand how to use any of it. It’s not what you eat that does you good… but what you digest. Living in wisdom therefore becomes the exercise and practice of understanding. Prov 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established (KJV).
Let’s review those same three steps again.
FEAR = To have awesome reverence for God. Godliness.
KNOWLEDGE = To learn, accumulate relevant information, and remember (know) them. To begin transforming the mind to right thinking.
UNDERSTANDING = To have the ability to comprehend (internalize) and fuse together what is known. A total release of our identity comes from understanding the administration of the Word in our life.
You’ll notice that often knowing and understanding are paired together. Luke said that the disciples understood nothing that Jesus told them and they didn’t know the things He told them concerning His death (Luke 18:34). In other words, they heard and remembered what Jesus said, but it meant nothing.
We’re told to lean not to our own understanding (Prov. 3:5), and we know from personal experience that foolish believers do just that. They react to their own understanding. That’s why troubles seem so great. None of us want to admit that we’re susceptible to this behavior.
We can understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:17).
Paul prayed, That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened… (Eph. 1:16:18). Your spirit man receives revelations of divine understanding that is NOT from the intellect. Rather, it’s a precise comprehension of revelation derived from God. This revelation of understanding gives you insight into the Word of God and it comes alive. It keeps you safe:
Solomon asked for understanding:
Solomon asked God: Give therefore thy servant an UNDERSTANDING heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad… (1 Kings 3:9). Solomon sought to have an understanding heart. That means one that was discerning, one that would listen and respond to what the Spirit says. Solomon didn’t ask for riches and honor, but for understanding. It was through understanding that wisdom became manifest.
Proverbs 7 repeatedly says that from childhood, Solomon was given the commandments to treasure and keep so that he might live. Wisdom and understanding were supposed to keep him from the immoral woman (Prov. 7:5). Solomon had great knowledge of the word – he could recite it back to someone… it just didn’t change his behavior. Even though he was told to bind it on his fingers and on the tablets of his heart, he refused. He was told (verse 4) to call wisdom his sister (blood relative) and understanding his “kinswoman” (the closest of friends).
The purpose of obeying the commands was to keep the builder of the family name (“my Son”) safe. Unfortunately, this wise Solomon was later preoccupied with the distracting thoughts of many women. He surrounded himself with 700 concubines and 300 wives. These women were his downfall. At the end of Solomon’s life, he finally realized his weakness and wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:26 that only the man who pleases God will escape the woman who is a snare, but the sinner she will ensnare.
That woman who is the snare is wrong and foolish thinking that keeps us from understanding.
The longing of our heart must be to obtain the intimacy of understanding. If we apply this concept to our own lives, we see that wisdom keeps us (the pure bride) from whoredoms.
Living foolishly without understanding
We need to keep the facts about Solomon’s failure in mind while reading about this foolish man in Proverbs. We already learned how the foolish wife didn’t KNOW. Now, let’s look at this believer who KNEW the word, but he just didn’t UNDERSTAND it. Proverbs 7:6-7 (KJV) For at the window…through my casement (lattice for air ventilation) … I discerned…a young man void of UNDERSTANDING…
This believer was without understanding.
That condition caused him to be unable to discern evil intentions coming toward him.
He did not have the character or courage to resist flattery.
This simple person doesn’t do what he knows is right. His foolishness works full-time to sidetrack him. Consequently, he is neutralized and enslaved into living in the flesh. Those uncaptivated thoughts war against the Kingdom of God within. Wicked imaginations imprison him in his mind.
Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is…(Eph. 5:17).
This simple man went alone to the house of the strange woman; he was not a doer of the word. (7:8). Passing (literally sauntering or “cruisin” – he was looking for trouble!) along the street near her corner; and he took the path to her house… He willfully left what he knew was right and went the wrong direction. He knew where she lived, because he undoubtedly had considered visiting her before. This verse says that he “took the path to her house…” without deviation. Once there, she enticed him with her smooth religious sayings and it all made sense to his carnal nature.
This fool escaped the responsibility of discipleship; he was unable to make correct decisions. He was lost in the glow of feelings, discovering delights of this forbidden environment. This sensuous-based interest denied his past years of virtue.
Now we’re talking about spiritual adultery here too. Prov. 7:9-10 (KJV) In the twilight, in the evening (at the eye of night), in the black and dark night: and, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtle (crafty) of heart. This foolish man sees her with rose-colored glasses. The closer he gets to her place the darker those glasses get, until his spiritual discernment is lost. Darkness falls and thick blackness blinds him to truth. He strains to see the crafty harlot — she knows what she’s doing.
Prov. 7:11 (KJV) She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house. She’s boisterous, opinionated, and never satisfied. A gad-about. She has a house – but it will never be a home. She has no sense of family or community. She lives for the moment in wanderlust – looking for a good time. She wanders from church to church finding stupid ones to influence. She has a harlot’s heart that tries to convince him to backslide, to prostitute his morals – and to take away guilt.
Prov. 7:12 (KJV) Now is she without, now in the streets (a streetwalker), and lieth in wait at every corner. She’s everywhere… at the grocery store, and down the block. She’s looking for you. An opportunity to backslide may be waiting at every corner.
Continuing with Proverbs 7:13-20: So she caught him (with her words), and kissed him, and with an impudent (brazen) face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows. The idea of common faith was the pretext she used to lure him inside. (She had prepared a peace offering – which is meat. Most historians say that this was really an offering to cultic idolatry – she was probably a devotee of Aphrodite. At any rate, she had a good supply of meat on hand and it had to be eaten quickly. She poses as a Christian. In fact, she could expound upon the “deep” things of Scriptural nature (meat). She’d say anything to get him. “Today I prayed! This must be God!” She appeased her conscious with offerings; now she’s ready to do what ever she wants. On Sunday she went to church and for the rest of the week she lived like hell. You see, my friend, unlawful sex is not God’s plan. Foolish and unlawful unions must not continue.
Therefore come I forth to meet thee (you and you alone, but if someone else had come by first – it would have been him) diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee (and I’ll teach you what you need to learn. He was persuaded to spend the night with her). I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt (worldly coverings). I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon (these aromas represent a false anointing. She used every incitement to get this guy — worship, food, and sex until satisfied).
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning (let’s quench our thirst, let us riot with love); let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman (her husband) is not at home, he is gone a long journey: he hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed (perhaps when he’s spent it all). And Jesus hasn’t returned yet either, so there’s time for a few more good times.
With her much fair speech (enticing and persuasive words) she caused him to yield (she can be polite and articulate), with the flattering of her lips she forced him. (He didn’t fight for long.) He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter (in his stupidity not thinking that he would be killed), or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; till a dart strike. But her main purpose is to get him (you) off the mainstream and into compromise.
Through his liver (the liver filters the blood – dilutes the life that is in the Blood of Christ); as a bird hastenth to the snare (what’s fun today won’t be tomorrow), and knoweth not that it is for his life. This guy proceeds onward to his fate. He is likened to an unsuspecting animal bounding into a trap – like a bird waiting to be snared. There’s no escape from this ambush to which he seems sadly oblivious. He pays with his life.
Prov. 7:24-27 (KJV): Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children and attend to the words of my mouth. Here our storyteller renews the correct choices to his sons and begs them to pay attention to his words. Let not thine heart decline to her ways (it’s your choice to go or not go), go not astray in her paths (don’t pretend to be a Christian like she does – don’t learn her ways or go on her paths).
For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. This woman wields instantaneous death to her suitors and many great men have been “toppled” by these encounters with her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. All because he was void of UNDERSTANDING.
** Many of us have encountered foolish ideas and foolish people. Write some examples of your experiences.
We can’t just hear a good sermon; we have to understand it!
To become successful, we must integrate our lives with understanding. We must change our false beliefs and assumptions. It’s the principle of seedtime and harvest, cause and effect. The result of our belief becomes our future. What does that future look like? Ask yourself, what do I anticipate? Lots of times we hope for one thing and work toward another. But, there’s no confusion or double mindedness in God. Truth is:
Right fear =
right knowing =
right understanding =
right thoughts & words =
right feelings and actions =
right decisions =
right character =
Jesus asked, Why do you call me, Lords’' and do not do what I say? Then, He makes a comparison of TWO kinds of men. The first man described is one of understanding), He who comes to me and (#1) hears my words and (#2) puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house (his life), who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock (Jesus). When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
(Now here is Jesus’ own definition of a foolish man): But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house (his life) on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. LU.6:46-49NIV If we don’t do what the Lord tells us to do, then we have no foundation and cannot build a house that will stand.
**Oswald Chambers asks this question in his book “My Utmost for His Highness,” “Am I willing to let God do in me all that has been made possible by the Atonement? Wisdom pleads with you to go in the way of understanding (Prov. 9). Write how you will respond. **
understanding comes into the soul
It’s not enough to have “head knowledge” or mental assent. We must understand what we know. Understanding demands the action of strategic DOING. Even through the mundane routine we begin to DO what is necessary in order to align our lives to Christ’s likeness. Because we understand, we DO what must be done. The more we understand – the easier it is to live a happy life. Every revelation can become an internal revolution.
The Psalmist said (47:7), Sing praises to him with understanding. Comprehend why DOING praise is important. Like... don’t just come late and yawn! Understand what you are doing. Here’s another, Ps 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. (KJV) We must understand (comprehend, discern, interpret, digest, perceive, grasp, fathom, believe, realize, and enact) what we know before we can apprehend it.
Wisdom = understanding what you know and then doing it.
As we begin to order our thinking correctly, a cloud the size of a man’s hand begins to fill the sky. If we SEE (comprehend) that cloud, then action begins. As we begin to outrun the chariot, our steps hasten into wholeness. This perception is in the mind. We see the cloud (perception) and imagine ourselves running. Then we do it. We’re not born with good thoughts, we learn to have them and respond to them. Our emotions can be made to run in line with our stable and mature expectations.
Facts about understanding.
Prov 2:2 We must apply our heart to understanding (NIV).
Prov 13:15 Good understanding giveth favor... (KJV).
Job 28:28 To depart from evil is understanding.
Prov 9:10 For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding (TLB).
Prov 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it... (NKJ).
Ps 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God (KJV).
Each of us has a limited view; we generally see only the outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7). We need to understand what is intended, rather than what we assume.
If we have partial understanding, then we may be misled. The carnal mind can never discern God’s truth. If we interpret facts using our reasoning alone, we may not recognize that our conclusions are false. That’s where prejudices and pride are derived. Left to ourselves, we can easily create false biases and unrealistic barriers. When we hope in negative information, then eventually, our hope disappears.
Job 28:28 says that to shun evil is understanding. It’s in right understanding that we have power to control our lives and understand how we feel. Thoughts and feelings are inseparably lashed together. If we understand why we feel a certain way, then it’s possible that we can also control our attitude and behavior.
Prov 2:6 says that from God’s mouth come knowledge and understanding. We only obtain these qualities when we communicate with Him. In creation, God stretched out the heavens by his understanding (Prov. 3:19).
The principle of understanding contains definite limits of comprehension. We are able to contain a concept within a frame of reference that can be used.
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