Is The Bible Like A Foreign Language To You?
"The secret of the Lord is with those who fear him..." Psalm 25:14 People who have been walking with the Lord for years will tell you that his revelations to them through his Word are never ending, they are "new every morning." (Lamentations 3:23) Ask any believer who has read God's Word daily and they will tell you that even after so many years, they continuously "see" things they never saw before as the Lord opens up his Word to them in an ongoing way. How many times does the believer proclaim to the Lord, "when ever did you put THAT in your Word, I've never 'seen' this before?!'" Gems of revelation, treasures of understanding, all these make the believer glad to pick up that Bible every day and read in God's Word. But the Scripture says that the secrets of the Lord are only given to "those who fear him." The Bible is studied as history or literature in many universities, and when handled that way the student will get nothing out of it. A couple years later he probably won't remember much of what he studied in that class because it was read only as a piece of literature. The Bible is not like any other book in the world, the Bible is the Word of almighty God. It is alive (Hebrews 4:12) and full of nuggets and treasures of truth if taken in as the Word of God. With it the Lord guides believers throughout their lives. But not so the unbelievers. To them it's just another book like any other "religious" book. Just history. Why is that? Well, it's because only the born-again spirit can receive the Word of God. When read by someone not born again, he can only retain historical facts and perhaps admire the literary content, he might remember some of the stories, but he is not ABLE to receive the revelation of God's Word. "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither CAN he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14 If you have found the Word of God boring, you might consider whether or not you're born again. Being raised in a Christian home does NOT make you born again. One is not born again through hearing ABOUT God all their growing up years. One is born again ONLY when he has a personal encounter with God for himself, through which he sees the truth about himself and falls before the Lord in repentance. When one has such an encounter, everything changes. His whole outlook on life changes. He sees with eyes that never saw before. He understands things that once were dull to him. There is no other way to be saved, but to go through the born-again encounter with the Lord; and it will transform him. If you have not been born again, or if you're not sure about it, pray with me: Father God, I've heard about you all of my life but I don't know you personally. I have never had an encounter with you that has radically transformed me and I'll admit that I may have laughed at people who have. But your Holy Spirit is wooing me, I feel the drawing in my heart. Please lead me into that encounter with you that will transform me so that I can know you for myself and begin seeing in your Word things I never was able to see before. I surrender myself and my life to you. Pour that overwhelming conviction upon me that needs to come first. Lead me in repentance. I stand before you empty, and willing to surrender all to you because there is nothing more important in life than being born into that new life that only you can give. Lord Jesus, I surrender, and stand ready to receive you as my savior, and my LORD. Please receive me. "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God...' Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You MUST be born again.’" John 3:3, 7 MORE ON THIS: Born Again - What does that mean?