We are still on the road; seven straight weeks. Last week in St. Elmo, IL. This week in Cape Girardeau. Next week at our first A.M.E. Church. This will be our first time to be in an African Methodist Episcopal Church. So far this year we have been in three black churches and four independent churches. We are still Southern Baptist, but go where we are invited. We were at the the First Assembly of God in Winter Haven Florida and the pastor of the First Baptist called me and wanted to know what I was doing preaching over there. I told him because he did not invite me. They did! Doors are opening up everywhere and in some very unusual places for our End Time Revelation Extravaganza. We take the fear out of Revelation and the future and share with the people the Blessed Hope we have in Christ.
Back to Branson, MO for two End Time Revelation Extravaganzas in 2017 at the Grand Country Music Hall. I’ll share details later.
Beverly and Pebbles are traveling with me and having a great time. We will be making plans soon for a new CD and DVD for Beverly and a CD for Pebbles.
It is amazing how people are attracted to Jesus when He is lifted up. Please continue to pray for us. You can scroll on down for our bible study, UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE.
How To Understand The Bible
By Charles Massegee
Your Bible will keep you from sin, or your sin will keep you from your Bible. Very little in life will ever make much sense to you until the Bible is accepted as God’s Word free of errors. You can trust the Bible to be true because its Author is the Truth. Let me share a few reasons why I believe the Bible to be God’s authoritative Word.
- The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is free of mistakes. That’s why we call it inerrant.
- The Bible, God’s, Holy Word, cannot be wrong on any subject. That’s why we call it infallible.
- The Bible, God’s Holy Word, came from God Himself through specially chosen prophets. That’s why we call it divinely inspired.
Let’s not worry about understanding the entire Bible. St. Augustine said, “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand”.
Most sins, doubts, and problems come as a result of a lack of faith in God’s Word and dependence on the Holy Spirit. God has given us His Word and His Spirit to teach us, guide us, and strengthen us. Becoming a Christian is one thing. Living the Christian Life (or I should say, allowing Christ in us to live the Christian life) is something else. If we are to enjoy the Christian life and grow and become stronger, it is absolutely essential that we feed ourselves daily with the Word of God.
The Bible says, “As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”, 1 Peter 2:2. Too many new Christians try to eat and digest meat before they are mature enough to handle it. As a result they grow up a carnal Christian and never really learn the real truth of God’s Word and grow.
What’s the difference between a baby Christian and a carnal Christian? My pastor, Dickson Rial of the wonderful Orchard Hills Baptist Church in Garland, Texas has helped me understand the difference. A baby Christian is a new Christian with the spiritual understanding of a baby Christian. That’s normal. That’s why he needs milk and not heavy beef. A carnal Christian is an older Christian with the understanding of a baby. He is still trying to study and debate more mature things of the Bible and ends up confused and argumentative about Scriptures he does not understand. He needs to get a good understanding of the simple things first.
In other words, a baby Christian is a two year old thinking, talking, understanding and acting like a two year old. That’s normal. A carnal Christian is a thirty year old still thinking, talking, understanding and acting like a two year old. Why? He is still trying to digest the meat of God’s Word, when he has never learned to desire the milk of God’s Word. The Bible says of the carnal Christian that he is trying to learn “things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures”. The Bible goes on to say in the next verse, “You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked”, 2 Peter 3:17.
Some of us, even some mature Christians, fall into the trap of trying to explain everything in the Bible. Everything in the Bible is to be believed but not necessary understood. The Bible says, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out”, Romans 11:33. Thank God we don’t have to understand everything.
The Bible is a faith Book. The Bible says, “Through faith we understand”, Hebrews 11:3. We must believe it before the Holy Spirit will help us understand it. When it comes to understanding the Bible, God does not honor what we can think out, feel out, study out, or reason out. He honors what we decide to believe. The Bible is the basis of our Christian faith. The Bible says, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”, Romans 10:17. We will never have any more faith than what we know. Our faith will never exceed our knowledge of the Word of God. So if you want to have more faith, get into the Word of God more.
Physically, we are what we eat. Mentally, we are what we think. Spiritually, we are what we believe. What we believe not only determines where we go when we die, it determines how we live until we die.
I don’t know where you are in your Christian journey, but first be sure you have the foundation laid before you try to build the house. And then don’t try to put the roof on before you have the walls up. Please take my word; it begins with being born again by the Holy Spirit, John 3:3, and becoming a believer in God’s Word. Unless you by faith accept the Scripture as God’s Holy Word, not only will the foundation be faulty but the whole house faulty. It has nothing to do with understanding. It has to do with choice. Chose to believe. And I promise you in time you will understand if you begin with the milk. You may be a fifty year old with all kind of learning and degrees, but when you become a Christian you are still a spiritual baby. The starting point for everyone no matter our age is to choose to believe in and accept God’s Word as the inerrant, infallible, and divinely inspired Word of God.
I have often been ask why I accept and preach the Bible as the inerrant, infallible, and divinely inspired Word of God. There are at least seven reasons.
- The Bible declares itself to be the Word of God, 2 Timothy 3:16.
- Jesus Christ taught that the Bible is free of mistakes, John 10:35.
- The prophets of the Old Testament received the Scriptures as being free of mistakes, 2 Chronicles 36: 20-21.
- Jesus Christ and the Apostles authenticated the New Testament as being free of mistakes, 2 Peter 1:21.
- Jesus Christ and the Apostles accepted the Book of Genesis as a factual account of creation, Matthew 19:4.
- Jesus Christ and the Apostles accepted the Old Testament as God’s Word, Matthew 12:40-41.
- Fulfilled prophecy shows the Bible to be free of mistakes, Psalm 119:89. All 333 prophecies concerning the first coming of Christ were fulfilled literally and in detail exactly as they were prophesied. All around us today prophecies are being fulfilled literally and in detail exactly as they were prophesied.
There are many sincere Christians who are starving to death spiritually, simply because they have never really taken the time to give quality attention to their Bible. Spiritual understanding and growth can only come as we read and study and believe the Holy Bible. The truth of God’s Word will always be confirmed by the Holy Spirit in your heart, John 16:13. If we will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in studying the Word of God, He will take us directly to the truth and His Spirit in us will bare witness with our spirit, that it’s true. We may not be able to explain it, but in our heart we will have a “divine knowing” that His Word is true and faithful.