Meaningful Methods to Master Scriptures (by Fenny West)

Meaningful Methods to Master Scriptures

1. Petition or supplication

Pray about it. Ask Author of the scriptures to open your eyes to see beyond the written word and the literal words to the Living Word.

Unless God opens your eyes, you may read the scriptures a million times and remain blind like a bat. It may give you head knowledge and make you proud, but you will be far from the truth. This is why there are many professors in universities who are not born again. The profess the Bible , teach but have not met the Teacher. Such teachers doubt the virgin birth and question miracles. They may have a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof

5      having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!1Tim3:5

 The truth and revelation comes when you humble yourself and pray that the Author- the Holy Spirit will open your spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to understand what you read or study. This will make a world of difference. Otherwise bible study will simply be a religious exercise and of no value.

 make this a prayer before you study the scriptures: 18              Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.

Ps119:18

2. Attention- Pay attention as your study. You cannot pay attention if the TV is on while you are studying your bible or be listening to music or the radio. You need  and undivided heart and mind.
Avoid distractions when you study.

20   My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Prov4:20

Have a note book.
Action : Make your study proactive, with action and interaction with the Holy Spirit, asking Him questions and noting what He says. Have pen and note new truths you have learned that day. Underline key Words  phrases that jump out at you. You can colour them differently if you like.

This is why you need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Acts1:8, Acts2:1-4, 

13   However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; John16:13

3.  Application : It is said that “if you do not use it you lose it” This applies to any knowledge you acquire. Unless you put it to use you will forget it it and soon you will even wonder if you ever had that knowledge. It will be evident by your behaviour. The scripture are not given to give  us head-knowledge but heart-knowledge. They are given for us to use in our daily living. This is what demonstrates the power of the word of God. So use the scripture in your daily life. Look for an opportunity to use the scripture you have learnt. Often after learning a truth, God will challenge you in that area. Do not shy from it. Yield to the Holy Spirit this is when you will begin to see the power of God in all your affairs.

22   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James1:22

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3.  Concentration: Effective Bible study must preclude doing other things.  Your focus must be targeted, pin-pointed, undivided. You may need to put your pone on silence or put it off. Often it is when we are serious for the things of God that we find many people trying to reach us. Be not ignorant of the devices of the enemy. Make a quality decision that, “This time is for my Bible study and nothing and no one will disturb me. That is when you get the best out of it. This will help you in other areas of life and you would have developed a disciplined character that is essential for success in life.

20   My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21   Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;

22   For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

23   Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Prov4:20-23
4. Continuation

Mastery of Bibles studies or the scripture does not come by doing it once or occasionally. You must continue in the art. It must be part and parcel of your character. You need to do it daily just like you need food to survive. Do it before you have your breakfast. Be like Job who said, I have craved for you word more than my necessary food. This is how you grow in grace and well-grounded in the scriptures.  Jesus told His disciples, “ If you continue …

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John8:31 KJV

The Truth Shall Make You Free

31   Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John8:31-32

5. Submission: To master the scriptures, you must come humbly. You must realise that the more you know the scripture, the more you know how little you know. God’s word takes on His character. He is infinite and inexhaustible. No matter how many times you have read a scripture it can throw a new light to you that you never saw before. You must come expectant and unassuming if you will gain anything new from it. It is never stale. It is new every morning. With this attitude of humility you will never be disappointed in your bible study. Without a doubt, you will harvest a cluster of heavenly fruit hanging of its branches; you will find a promissory note or blank cheque to cash at the Bank of Heaven. You will see a prayer to appropriate to your circumstance, apply to your life. You will see the treasures of darkness gleaming at as you dig deep through its crevices. Paul, who wrote 

6.Propagation

Propagation in this context means spreading the Word. Use the scriptures to help others. Use them to teach, write articles, poems and post them online or use them to write songs. Scripture songs or scripture-based songs are powerful and life-changing.

11   The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:Ps68:11

In another translation it says ‘great are those who published it.’ So join the company of the ‘greats’. who propagate the scripture on your road to its mastery.

  1. Memorisation

    Memorisation of scripture is essential for grow and development in true Christianity. This is different from nominal Christianity. You have to make the efforts to internalise the scriptures. Remember that the scripture is not for your head but for your heart. It is the scripture that goes to the heart that transforms and changes a man.  You can memorise the scripture by setting it to music, writing it on cards that you can carry about or using notepads on your mobile devise where you store them under different headings or topics which you can revise from time to time. You can also use my online resource: Scripture Memorisation And Reference Tree (SMART) This is a free pdf of my compilation of scriptures according to topics.

    For the audio and video, go to Fennywest.org

    Scripture Memorisation will make you authoritative, strong, authentic and effective in your witnessing and ministration. You become a workman who can skilfully handle and analyse the Word of truth without shame or equivocation.

5      You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6      “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

8.Meditation : Bible studies is only meaningful if we will take our time and ponder on the scriptures. We must mull over key words and phrases and ask the Lord, “What are You saying to me from what I am reading?” What lessons have I learnt. What will I do differently after this bible study? You may need to write down your decision to help you follow through. This is what gives life to your life from the Word that is Spirit and life. Otherwise Bible study becomes a religious exercise and irrelevant.

5      You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6      “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

Deut6:5-6

8              This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Josh1:8

15   Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.1Tim4:15

1      Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2      But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

3      He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Ps1:1-3

  1. ‘Sermonisation’

    This for those who are mature in the Lord and called to preach. You may read a scripture and see a sermon in it as quickened by the Holy Spirit. If so, this could be your key scripture or launching pad for that Sermon. Scripture are mastered when we have used it in a sermon. You do not need a pulpit to Sermonise a scripture. You can study the scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit and write out your sermon and disseminate it. That is’ sermonisation’.  You have to make sure your sermon is in line with the whole counsel of God and will help other Believers grow stronger in the Lord. You can also preach it to an imaginary audience and assess yourself. God can use this method to prepare you for ministry. Of course this is no substitute for fellowship with other Believers and corporate bible studies.

    10 Determination: To master scriptures, you need to be willing and determined. Be disciplined to have notes and to have them in one place and well organised so you do not lose or forget what you have already learnt. As your listen to sermons, make notes of the truths and the relevant scriptures used. Go over these notes from time to time to reinforce the scriptures and the relevant truths. Nothing just happens in life you have to be determines to make them happen. The Holy Spirit is the Helper but He will not force you. You have to make up your mind to master the scriptures and He will gladly help you.

15           Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim2:15
11. Revision: It is said, “Practice makes perfect.” Mastery of the scriptures come as you go over your notes and the scriptures you have learnt. As you revise, you reinforce what you have learned.

11.Retention: From time to time, say every 3 months, test yourself to see how much you can remember your scriptures. Use key words or topics to identify scriptures relating to them. You can also mix scripture texts on cards and arrange them in order of topics. For instance those relating to the Word of God such as Joshua 1:8, 1Pet 2:2, Ps1:1-3, Ps119.
You can also get a Bible Studies partner to test you. You can set yourself some questions and find answers to them.

12. Revision also includes committing yourself to reading through the bible once every year. There are various Bible reading guides for this noble exercise. It is better to read the Old Testament and the New Testament side by side. Also reading a Psalm a day and the Proverbs repeatedly will help you in your relationship with people.  Keep a good record of the passages you have read and how many times you have read them. This will ensure you are not omitting any part of the scriptures.
12 Comprehension: It is important that you understand the scriptures you are studying. This why it is wise to have a study bible which has various cross references to help you to relate that verse to others in the Bible. Look up the meaning of strange words. Find the modern meanings with the aid of a bible dictionary.

7      Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Prov4:7
Also read other modern translation to get a clearer picture of what the scripture means.

13. Contextualisation: It is often said that, “a Scripture out of context is a pretext.” This very true and profound. To understand a scripture very well, you must read the verses preceding and the verses after that to know the right context of the scripture.
It would also be useful to know the cultural context when it was written. Another important principle of Bible interpretation is we do not emphasise what may be in the Old Testament but not emphasised in the New Testament. Christ fulfilled the law and all scriptures must be seen in the Light of Christ.

17   that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18   the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,Eph1:17-18

  1. Interaction : No thorough, beneficial and effective Bible Studies is complete without interacting with its Author, the Holy Spirit. You must be inquisitive, asking questions like: “Lord, what are you saying to me from this passage or this scripture.” The answer you receive has to be consistent with the whole counsel of God. But don’t be afraid of making mistakes. This is how you grow. You can later ask those who are committed to the Lord longer than you have been. After all, iron sharpens iron. This is how you grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.

16   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17   that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1Pet.2:2, 2Pet. 3: 18

13           However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; John16:13

Furthermore, interaction involves active study where you make cross-references, using different translations and comparing them to get the ful gist of the Word. You can also go back to the original Greek or Hebrew words and find their meaning. Often translators may render a verse the way they understood it. Diligence and interaction requires you to go the extra-mile.

  1. Repetition:

Repetition Reinforces Remembrance

Repetition Results in Recall or Remembrance

This alliteration is true and more so to scriptures. Each time you espouse a truth from the scriptures think of the relevant scriptures and say it to yourself. If you have forgotten it, do not just gloss over it. Reach out to your bible and find the relevant scriptures. That is how you show diligence that brings about mastery of the scriptures.

©Fenny West2020

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Run With this New Anointing ( by Fenny West)

Run With the New Anointing

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1     “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,

     Because the LORD has anointed Me

     To preach good tidings to the poor;

     He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

     To proclaim liberty to the captives,

     And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2     To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,

     And the day of vengeance of our God;

     To comfort all who mourn,

3     To console those who mourn in Zion,

     To give them beauty for ashes,

     The oil of joy for mourning,

     The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

     That they may be called trees of righteousness,

     The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isa61:1-3

There is a new anointing on you. That anointing is for the benefit of others, just like the gift you have is for others. Therefore open yourself to be used of the Lord. Let nothing clog your spirit. Be a vessel meet for the Master’s use. Be willing and obedient and you will maximise your gifting and the anointing and will eat the best of the land.

The anointing in you is strong and multifarious with a cutting edge and suited for your generation. Do not dilute it with the world around you. Rather, use it to transform the world around you. Use it to impact the world around you. Use the anointing in you to break and destroy yokes of bondage and set captives free. Use the anointing to lift burdens. Use the anointing in you to sing, teach, bring prophetic dimension to all you do. The anointing in you is your empowerment and enablement in all you lay your hands and set your mind to do to the glory of God. Nothing shall be impossible for you. Every wall that stands before you shall fall like the walls of Jericho. Every red sea that you face shall be parted for you to walk on dry ground. It shall neutralise any fire in the furnace that you’re thrown into by those who lust after the anointing and are driven with hatred, jealousy and opposition.

Know that every place that every place that the soles of your feet shall tread belongs to you. This means you must take steps of faith and advance and declare territories your own, despite resistance. Call those things which be not as though they were and they shall eventually be made manifest. Do not take ‘No’ for an answer. All things are yours. Greater is He that is you than he that’s in the world. You are more than a conqueror. You are an overcomer. No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Every tongue that rise against you ion judgement you shall condemn.

Go for gold. Go for the best of God. Aim to give your very best to He who has called you with a holy calling. He created you fir good works that He had foreordained for you to walk in and maximise. Gather in the harvest and let nothing be missing. A great harvest awaits you. Go for it. Yearn for it as the deer pants after water. Long for it as a dry land is weary for water and you will not be denied. God said I will pour water on him who is thirsty. So do not say I have arrived because of the little you have seen. For eye has not seen, ear has not heard neither has any mind conceived, what God has in store for those who love Him and who desire to serve Him with all their mind , all their strength and their spirit. Empty yourself for Him and He will fill you again and again.

There are many who are poor around you. They are bankrupt in spirit even though they may rich outwardly- in worldly goods. Therefore look beyond their outward appearance and minister to them.  Yes some will reject you or disdain you, but there are those who will accept you and hear the words that I will put I your mouth as you open it.  Even those who reject your word today will hear it from others tomorrow and will accept it them. You may not see them again but one day you’re your paths would cross again and you will see them on fire for Christ. Why? Paul plants and Apolos waters, but it is God who gives the increase. Some of the harvest you do will be plantings and watering of others before you. So plant in faith knowing that what you do is not in vain.

Proclaim liberty to the captives. The prison of the mind and the spirit is more potent and destructive than physical prisons. So preach the good news of salvation, deliverance, healing, joy, peace, freedom, abundant life, sound mind. Break those mental manacles. Tell them,’ The time is now. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. This is the day of salvation. This is the acceptable time. Tomorrow is not promised anyone.’

Comfort those who mourn with the joy of the Lord and they shall be strengthened with might in their inner being. Proclaim beauty for them who have ashes. Pour oil of joy over them and array them with the garment of praise in your hands and the well of praise in your mouth. Tell them they too can praise like Paul and Silas who were incarcerated in prison in Philippi and yet could give praise to God with reckless abandon and their chains were snapped

Know that you know that you know that God wants to raise a new generation of trees of righteousness- the planting of the Lord for one cardinal purpose- that He might be glorified. So do all you do to His glory and you will hear Him in the end saying to you,” Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter the joy of the Lord.”

Father, I thank you for the new anointing in me. It shall know no limits. It shall break barriers. It shall snap bonds. It shall open prison doors. The sick shall be healed. The lame will walk the deaf will hear. The blind will see and the dead shall be raised. Signs and wonders shall follow me.

It is a New Day and a new dispensation in my life. Just as Saul was turned into another man when the Holy Spirit came upon him, so I am turned into another man today. And I thank you for it. I am an unstoppable force from now on, in Jesus’ name.

Facing Your Purpose ( by Fenny West)

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Facing Your Purpose
32        Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

35   He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.

37   Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39   Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.

41   Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Mark14:32-42

Facts


1. Jesus knew the time for facing His cross was at hand.

2. He knew the importance of prayer at such time.
3. He disciplined Himself and took time out to pray.
4. He took a few of His disciples with Him to the place: Gethsemane.
5. When they got there He left them and went further where He fell down and prayed.
6. He found the purpose and focus of His prayer, overwhelming, challenging, depressing, distressing but He surrendered to the will of His Father.
7. He prayed a pray of surrender, “Your will be done.”
8. His disciples who were there were not able to join or persevere or pray for an hour.
9. He repeated the prayer till He had release.

10. He prevailed in His prayer as He regained His confidence faith and repose to face the hour.

Truths/lessons
1. You have a purpose too. And whereas some aspects of your purpose will be enjoyable and inviting or even glamorous, there are other aspects that will be daunting, challenging, mournful and tearful, and yet inescapable.


2. You have to embrace the whole package.

 

 3. Know that you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you. Know that He had trod that road for you. He has made provision for that hour or those dark moments. And when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil, because He is with you.


4. At such times, whilst it is good to have close friends around you who can encourage you and pray with you, you cannot rely on friends to do your praying for you, especially at such crucial times. You must learn to hold your own-no matter what.


5. He went further to pray, showing us that some people can only come thus far. They cannot and should not be expected or coerced to go the whole hog.

 

There are places they cannot come with us in regard to our purpose. We all have our cross, that is personal, to carry.


6. We must persevere despite disappointments from people and not resort to blaming them.

 

7. We must recognise distractions, avoid them and maintain our focus and persistence, patience and passion in prayer.


8. Learn to make your possession, the ‘power hour with God.’ It was His habit to rise up very early before dawn to prayer. He expected them to wait for an hour with Him. It means they were capable of it. Later we see the disciples going for “the hour of prayer.”Acts3:1, Phil4:13, Mark1:35


Your power hour could be married with studying and meditating on the word and    planning to maximise your day.


9. When you have knelt before God, you can stand before man. When you have quaked before God, you can be bold before man. When you have prayed in the secret place, you can come out in the open and begin to decree and get unusual results like Jesus did.

 

10. You too can bounce back  and prevail in prayer regarding your purpose.

So, what next?


Take these lessons on board. Ask yourself what you will you do from now on, early in the morning.


What will you do when you face challenging moments especially in regard to your cross, purpose or assignment?


What part can other people play in your purpose?


What are their limitations?


How do you handle their weaknesses and limitations without frustration without playing a “blame game?”