The words that we all desire to hear from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These are the words that I personally spend the most time in thought about. As I look back on my life and my past, it seems as if it all was a lifetime ago; now learning all that I have from the Spirit and seeking out the answers within the Word. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” – Philippians 3:13.
You see, we can take the word of any man for truth and can be convinced to believe it based upon how they are teaching us. Although, if we never seek out the answers for ourselves by reading, studying, and praying over those things that we are hearing, how can we be absolutely certain? Just look at the world today and the complete division among everyone. I have been through the religions. I have been through the churches. I have tested the spirits. They all have one thing in common. The Son of Man has no where to lay His head. The profundity of understanding you attain by seeking the Lord out through His word, separated from society, brings true repentance. It brings true understanding.
I lost my life, found it in the Lord, and only through the pages of His Word. It wasn’t within one verse. It wasn’t within two. On my part, it took fully trusting the Spirit to lead me in my own journey through reading the Bible. That is the very key. Reading the Bible. We have to hunger and thirst after righteousness. We have to be willing to accept what we are seeing, and what we are hearing. We have to be willing to let go of everything that we have ever been taught. I find myself cleaning house often when seeking things out in the pages of the Bible. If something didn’t make sense to me, I would dig deeper and elsewhere until I had understood what I was reading.
Some things I had tabled. When I come across something similar later on, I would go back to it, or consider it again. The Lord loves each and everyone of us so much that He wants all of us to have a personal relationship with Him. Our relationship with the Father is contingent upon the amount of His Word that is in us. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63. How can we know the Father, if we don’t know His Word? The Bible bears out the same truths over, and over, and over again. It becomes painstakingly obvious that He doesn’t want any of us to perish.
Within the pages of Lift Up A Banner are the majority of the things that the Spirit has taught me to be true. He didn’t just give me one verse or two to prove it. He led me to dozens of verses that bear the same things out so many times, if we only do as He instructs us, and become as little children, you will see it too. You will hear His voice, just as it says in the Bible, “and His disciples heard it.” Imagine that for a moment. Having your mind completely blown when you say, “oh my gosh, I heard it.” Imagine reading the parables and understanding them. “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” Consider, being able to read the Bible and understand what is on the pages, without having to dig deep for a treasure each and every time you open the cover. Consider, finding green pasture.
If you desire to know the Way, the Truth, and the Life, in a more personal way yourselves, read the free eBooks, the lessons, and the Bible Study within the pages of this website. You need not any man teach you. Only… Let go.
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner