In the last series we looked at how we need understanding to live just like an introduction to the topic and we shall continue by looking at
- HOW TO GET UNDERSTANDING
(a) Through God’s Word
“Fellowship with God is what brings
forth understanding in us”
God’s word is one way by which understanding will come to us, we need to come to seasons of entrance into God’s word and stay there to keep receiving understanding. We see that the word says
Psalms 119:130 THE ENTRANCE of thy words giveth light; it GIVETH UNDERSTANDING unto the simple.
It’s says “THE ENTRANCE of God’s word gives light, it gives understanding to you simple”. To be simple means to be teachable or to be opened to teaching, what will cause a break forth into understanding is when light come to us and then we are simple enough to allow God’s light into us. It’s clear that what will birth understanding is as we enter into God’s Word and what brings the understanding is light. Light is powerful, it secures understanding, it makes open that which was made secret for entrance. Light do not just come by entrance of God’s word alone but it also come by understanding which brings us into entrance of what was revealed to us. What this means is we enter into the understanding when we gain entrance into God’s word by light.
“What will cause a shift for us according to God’s word for understanding is when we become simple.”
We must make it a cry to enter into light and understanding of God’s word, for until understanding comes we may remain in darkness and then the enemy steals away the understanding of God’s word in our lives. So like David made it a cry we must also cry to God for understanding
Psalms 119:169 Let MY CRY come near before thee, O LORD: GIVE me UNDERSTANDING ACCORDING TO THY WORD.
You see, we need to cry for understanding according to God’s word, that is what brings us into understanding when we pray to God for it.
Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
When we come to God through God’s Word then we come into understanding and this will make us to hate every false way. Men love the way of darkness because understanding has not come. But when Understanding come man will see no reason to be attached to false way of darkness.
“The power made available in the place of prayers is greater than the man that prayed”
Prayer birth understanding from within us. We can not live without prayers. Prayer is the key to unlock spiritual understanding and all understandings. When we do not understand the depth of God’s word, if we stay in prayers it will open to us. Prayer then becomes a tool to unlock divine understanding. We see Paul praying
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
“Understanding bring us to knowings when we pray”
Paul said in his prayers that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. It means understanding has eyes and so our eyes of understanding need to see clearly so that it won’t see men as trees. Trees is what men see when understanding has not come by revelation and this need to be unlocked by prayers. Unless we come into prayers understanding will not come. One of the reason we must cry for understanding is because when God’s word is being sown to our hearts and we do not understand then the wicked one comes around to steal it.
Matthew 13:19 WHEN ANY ONE heareth the word of the kingdom, and UNDERSTANDETH IT NOT, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was SOWN IN HIS HEART. This is he which received seed by the way side.
We must therefore see ourselves as God’s servants that need understanding in other to know and to keep the testimony of God.
Psalms 119:125 I am thy servant; GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING, that I may know thy testimonies.
“One of the purpose of understanding is CLARITY and it comes by prayer”
We need help to receive understanding this season through prayer so that the will of God might be made known to us CLEARLY.
(c) Hearing reproof
“Only a man that cherish understanding will love reproof”
Hearing reproof and embracing it is the source to understanding. In fact you identify a fool when he hate reproof but a wise man loves for hear reproof
Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
One of the ways to understand and to know a man that will err is when such hate reproof
Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: BUT HE THAT REFUSETH REPROOF ERRETH.
“The correct approach to reproof is to learn to yield or listen to reproof”
Now if understanding is to come to us by hearing reproof we must not become a people that hate or refuse to hear reproof so that we will not err.
Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Beloved we need to be given to reproof and not to hate it, it is clear that when we hate reproof we are brutish.
“If understanding will make us live then not hearing reproof will make us die”
Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die..
Death can come to man if he hate to hear reproof because he will shut out understanding but giving attention to reproof understanding will come and then he shall live.
In the next series we shall consider THE BENEFITS OF UNDERSTANDING.