Class 11: Let God Talk to You (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD TALK TO YOU.
Allow me to begin with a word from Martha Kilpatrick. She said, “Scripture has phenomenal power, but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
You might recall from our last class that we learned three important points about reading the Bible. First, we learned that in order to hear from God, you must get into the habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis. Second Timothy 2:15 reminded us of how we need to study God’s Word to understand it and to rightly divide its truth. Second, Psalm 119:105 taught us to let the words in the Bible control how we live our daily lives. Third, Joshua 1:8 promises that if we meditate on and obey the Word of God, we will experience good success in life.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. I am not going to read the entire chapter. I am just going to read the portion we will be dealing with today, and then we will proceed with this lesson:
In this letter, I want to encourage you to let God talk to you. What I mean by this is, I want you to get into the habit of reading the Word of God — the Bible — on a regular basis. Let the Word of God be your guide — not popular opinion, not your girlfriends, not your emotions, but the Word of God. Be a woman of the Word! Frankly, there is nothing more beautiful on God’s green earth than a woman who lives by the Word of God, and not by her feelings and emotions. Men are attracted to her, women respect her and listen to her, and children love her. The Bible refers to this woman as a virtuous woman — whose “price is far above rubies.” In other words, you cannot put a price on such a woman.
I strongly encourage you to make it a daily habit to read the Word of God, to study the Word of God, to meditate on the Word of God, and to live by the Word of God. Reading and doing the Word of God, young sister, will keep you from a lot of pain and heartache in this life. Psalm 119:11 says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When you put the Word of God in your heart, your conscience will not allow you to linger in sin. The great preacher, D.L. Moody, once said, “This Book will keep you away from sin or sin will keep you away from this Book.” Reading and doing the Word of God will make you a smart and wise woman; it will make you a leader instead of a follower.
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
How do you make meditating on and obeying the Word of God a daily part of your life? We will discuss three of six ways to do this.
- Take a verse or passage of Scripture and read it two or three times.
1 Timothy 4:13 says, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
The Bible is the most important book ever written. There is no substitute for reading Scripture. You can read Christian books, Christian magazines, and other forms of Christian literature but you will never fully understand who God is and how God designed you to fit in His world if you do not read His guidebook for life, the Bible. A lot of people never seriously read the Bible. They remember certain verses like John 3:16 or Genesis 1:1 because they heard them all their lives. But God does not want us to just nibble at certain “familiar” verses or passages like Psalm 23, but to read through His entire Word on a daily basis. You can start by reading one chapter a day and as you become more comfortable, read two chapters a day. There are many Bible reading plans available that you can follow, or you can make up your own plan. The point is to engage in reading God’s Word each and every day of your life so you can be strong in the faith and be ready to fight against the evil of the world with the Word of God.
- Take time to memorize verses in the Bible.
Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Some people confuse memorization with meditation. According to the Webster’s American Dictionary, meditation means to “dwell on anything in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind.” Memorization means to “commit to memory or to learn something by heart”. Meditation and memorization are two different acts and both should be done. We memorize Scripture for the purpose of using it at the appropriate time. For example, when you are going about your day and are faced with a certain temptation, at that very moment you may not have time to pull out the Bible, but you can bring a verse up in your mind that you have memorized and use it to fight against that temptation. We do not memorize things to boast about our knowledge but to use it for good in our lives and in the lives of others. God wants us to memorize Scripture also because we need to feed our minds with positive things of truth and righteousness and because we may often be in a situation where we are led by God to comfort or inform someone else with God’s words. We must be careful not to neglect the Bible just because it is accessible to us. Many of its passages are applicable to everyday life and it would do us well to hide them in our hearts.
- Listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to you while you read.
In John 14:26, Jesus Christ said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
The Holy Spirit plays a very important part in our reading and understanding of Scripture. We need the Holy Spirit to come alongside us and open our hearts and minds to its truth and enable us to apply it to our lives. The role of the Holy Spirit in reading the Bible is to help us understand it and willingly submit to and accept it. Anyone can read the Bible, but if they do not have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, they will not be able to understand its message. The Holy Spirit affirms that the words in the Bible are true and it illuminates our understanding so that we hold on to and hide its contents in our hearts for effective use in our lives. The Holy Spirit also helps us to connect the dots of Scripture and to see how the stories in the Old Testament and the New Testament all lead to and stem from the cross of Jesus Christ and the difference His sacrifice makes in our lives. The Holy Spirit teaches us, brings things we have read back to our minds, and helps us to testify and be better witnesses for Christ.
Take a moment right now to put these three points into practice:
- Take a verse or passage of Scripture and read it several times a day.
- Commit to memorizing that verse or passage over the course of a week.
- Listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He teaches you and helps you to understand what you are reading and memorizing.
In our next class, we will continue our study “LET GOD TALK TO YOU”.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said: “Some people like to read so many Bible chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.