The search for rocks that might contain gold has stirred the hearts of those who wanted to make their fortune.
When people want to discover gold they look for land formations and do all kinds of testing for the kinds of rock formations that are most likely to contain gold. This was followed by various kinds of core testing and assay. The key to finding gold or any other mineral for that matter is finding the environment where it is likely to occur and then going to work to discover exactly where it is.
The Bible is similarly an environment where God can be discovered. Too bad that we approach Bible reading so subjective that our capacity to discover and deepen our relationship with God is too often narrowed to the point of religious ritual. The power of the Word of God has never belonged to the professionals but to those who search for God.
The attached Power Point file models an approach to a passage of Scripture [Mark 11] A Day in the Life of a Fig Tree PDF versiondesigned to discover what God is saying to everyone, everyday just from understanding what has been written there for us. I would love you to have a go at this for yourself with this passage or any other passage. What you will find is that when you start out to simply take notice of every word that God has caused to be written and to allow that to shape your understanding of what God is saying, you will discover God’s presence in a new way. Here are the steps involved in that process.
1. Identify every piece of new information in a portion that is complete in itself – i.e. not just a verse on its own but a naturally defined section.
2. Underline or circle the word in each of these pieces that represents the core of the new information.
3. Find answers for anything you don’t know or don’t understand. Go research for dates, times, places and people.
4. Re-state each idea in your own words with a simple phrase or sentence.
5. On the basis of your understanding of the whole section, write down everything you think God is saying – check your answers by making sure that your conclusion can be verified from the information in the passage itself, not from somewhere else.
6. If God has said these things what needs to change in your own life for them to be part of your experience? Make these things a matter of committed prayer.
7. What would happen through you in one of more of the spheres where you live or work if what God had said was fulfilled. What do you need to DO in order to be an agent for that work of God? Make these things a matter of obedience.
A Day in the Life of a Fig Tree PDF version