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Overwhelmed By The Bible

  1. I'm feeling overwhelmed with the Bible. I keep hearing that I need a good grasp and understanding of the Old Testament or I won't really appreciate the nuances of the New. I need to be as conversant in the Old Testament as the Jews were in Jesus' time on earth or there will be huge gaps in my understanding of the New Testament.

    I feel pressure to have more knowledge in my brain bank than I currently have considering how long I've been in the faith. I feel like a disappointment and yet that sinking feeling doesn't motivate me to take the daily steps to make progress.

    I know my Salvation comes from Jesus so there's no pressure for me to earn any merit. I'm just disappointed in myself for not being as physically disciplined as my mind would have me be.

    I feel that as the Spirit lives eternally so I will always know and remember what I put in my brain now and I want that to be good and useful information but I consistently fill it with rubbish.

    The overwhelming feeling of not fully appreciating Scripture instantaneously makes me not want to bother, to give up, to not grow. I think maybe because I'm female I'm not supposed to get the full understanding the way a man does. I'm not sure as an unmarried woman still living with parents how much I'm supposed to know and understand. What my place and purpose is.

    I know it's not about accumulating Bible trivia or becoming equal to God in knowledge it's about getting to know Him and the only pressure and expectation is coming from myself.

    Please pray I can get back into the bible and turn the internal study mode off to just be and appreciate God in the moment.


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  1. CoolDude68
    Don't be stressed about it, that's the last thing you need. The Evil One tries to confuse and stress us, so stay calm and just pray. Pray the Holy Spirit comes over you and ask for guidance, but don't make it complicated. I do the same thing sometimes and feel as if I have to know everything. We don't, all we need to have is faith and know that we are in good hands and in time all will be made knows to us. Enjoy life! What has helped me is listening to audio books while I drive, or wind down before bed. Hey, it's much better than the junk on TV these days. Your local library may have an app or a way to borrow online audio content, may want to check into it. There's an app called "Overdrive" that links to local libraries. It's been amazing for me! I just download the content on my phone and play it through my Bluetooth car radio. I love driving to and from work, listening to books. This helps feed my brain and I don't get stressed trying to read into everything.
  2. YHWH_will_uplift
    Often times people do not receive the answers to their questions because they are either asking the wrong questions, or they are asking the wrong people.
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    1. frienden thalord
      any question asked for self glory is the wrong question.
      and yes,often they ask the wrong people.
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    2. YHWH_will_uplift
      As I pondered the nature of light and darkness a principle was revealed to me: light reveals all including itself; darkness conceals all including itself: therefore that which contradicts others but, not itself is true; that which contradicts others and itself is false.
  3. YHWH_will_uplift
    "The secret things belong unto the YHWH our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law."
    -Deuteronomy 29:29

    "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."
    -Proverbs 25:2

    "Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. I thank Thee, and praise Thee, O Thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of Thee: for Thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter."
    -Daniel 2:21-23

    Daniel's story is a perfect example of a man who waited patiently on God. Daniel never claimed to know anything outside of what God revealed to him. But who is he that is wise and knows understanding?

    "The fear of the YHWH is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
    -Proverbs 9:10

    "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of theYHWH, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."
    -Job 28:28

    We see then that to be truly wise we must begin by fearing God and submitting to His Word with all humility: this decision faces all of us just as it did before that fateful day which Adam and Eve were given the choice to eat from the Tree of Life which would allow them to live forever or, from the Tree of Death which would cause them to die and be separated from God: thanks be to God that He has given us the ability to regain our innocence and have a chance to eat from the Tree of Life and live forever.
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  4. friend of
    Hey, I'd just like to offer my method for investigating scripture. I go onto these websites and get it randomized. This way you can keep refreshing until you find verses that you're a lot more interested in and research them from there, rather than feeling forced to slog through parts you are tired of. and This fits with my eclectic, sporadic nature personally. God bless your search!

    Random Bible Verse
    Random Bible Verse
  5. Waggles
    "The overwhelming feeling of not fully appreciating Scripture instantaneously makes me not want to bother, to give up, to not grow. I think maybe because I'm female I'm not supposed to get the full understanding the way a man does."
    I have been in the Lord for some twenty years now and I do not know the scriptures parrot fashion like I can
    recite my time tables (which were drummed into me).
    The I am a female put down is not valid. There are many women of note in the Gospels and Acts -Lydia and
    Priscilla for example. Women are not permitted to become Pastors, etc. but they sure can witness to people
    as evangelists.
    Anyway after 20 years of being Spirit-filled and speaking in tongues I am not a Bible whizz kid like some
    well known door-to-door preaching sects are.
    Yes I read my New Testament, and sometimes read the OT, mostly proverbs and psalms.
    But your walk as a Christian is not about knowing the Bible off by heart.
    1. If you have the Holy Spirit (as given in Acts) then the Spirit gives you scriptures and wisdom at the time
    of need in speaking to others.
    2. Be a doer of the word. Get to the basics. Love God because of his awesome sacrifice for our salvation.
    Love others, even nasty people you don't like. Defend the truth of the gospel. Love Jesus. Do good.
    Turn away from your sinful habits. Read to learn of what pleases your Father in heaven. Love doing the
    right thing by God. Go to communion on Sundays and thank the Lord for his sacrifice.
    When things go wrong, pray. When things are good, pray. Love reading your Bible and learn the message
    on how to be one of the children of the light.
    Sorry forgot to mention forgiveness - that's a big requirement whether you know your Bible or not.

    Here's some homework for you - Romans chapter 12 KJV ...

    Waggles from Australia :preach:
  6. JEBoftheLovingAngryGod
    I will suggest that you are relying on the wrong people for your judgement in this. The Lord said that we only know the Father, if the Son reveal Him to us. You keep hearing people tell you that you "need a good grasp and understanding of the Old Testament" or "you won't really appreciate the nuances of the New", but this is not factual, the only way anyone has a good and true understanding of either, is by act of God. Certainly, when He motivates us it is good to read either and both. But His motivation of us is entirely different than the nagging guilt-voices of nearby human beings. Certainly there are many people I have met whom the Lord has motivated almost not at all to read the Old, who do wonderfully in understanding of the New. The only person I suggest you should rely on, for motivation of the Lord, is the Lord. Not to shut the ears entirely, certainly not -- but when the push comes to the shove, it's not human nagging that has worth, it is the tug of God Himself.
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    1. Greg Merrill
      When Jesus said "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God", He was speaking of, and quoting the O.T. (Dt 8:3). 2Ti 3:16 says "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable..." 3/4 of the Bible is O.T. and the N.T. wasn't even completed when 2Ti 3:16 was written. "The O.T. is the N.T. concealed, the N.T. is the O.T. revealed." someone once said.
    2. Greg Merrill
      Let's not ignore any of the O.T. For whatsoever things were written aforetime (O.T.) were written for our learning,..." Rom 15:4 Just know it in context of the whole Bible. We are not to practice Judaism today, but we can learn much from what is written in the O.T.
  7. timewerx
    If this bring clarity:

    1 John 2:27
    As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
    1. Greg Merrill
      "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelist; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints,..." Eph 4:11,12
      "These things command and teach." 1Ti 4:11
    2. JEBoftheLovingAngryGod
      Wow, I had not known that was there. Well brought!!!
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  8. BrotherDave
    Regarding women, no human stands above another in regards to salvation. Now while God did establish government (political and spiritual authority) and a man is to have spiritual authority, every saved individual has his or her own personal, very special relationship with God. A saved person will increase understanding over time but may never “get full understanding”. For instance an old or dying person may not have known of Christ all his life only to hear of him during his last moments of life. If it is God’s will that person could be become saved and die without understanding the full word of God. Think of the thief on the cross. In contrast an infant could be saved when he first hears the gospel and live his whole life passionately studying the bible and he would have a much deeper understanding.

    Today we (young people in particular) are bombarded by technology and anything can (good or bad, value or no value) have access to our brain at any moment. The key is to recognize what is not God glorifying and eliminate it. Stop filling our brains with “rubbish” which I acknowledge is very difficult to do in this world. That time spent on “rubbish” is gone forever, wasted and holds no real value. It could have been spent ideally on God glorifying activities or at least on self improvement or helping others out and making the world a better place.

    This can seem difficult at times but to get maximum blessing from your devotions you have to be disciplined in life (I Corinth 9:27). The good news is that Christ has equipped us with the Holy Spirit and we have access to the power and wisdom of God all the time.
    1. AspieforGod
      Truly thank you, you have provided much comfort. God bless you, brother in Christ.
  9. BrotherDave
    Here is a suggestion that works for me anyway. Frist off just relax, breathe and take it slow. Don’t be anxious God will direct your life according to his purpose in His time frame.

    Have 2 different devotion times. The first is to just read for fun every day. Don’t worry about trying to understand. Read for the joy of it (Gal 4:18) as long as time allows. Avoid stopping to study or further investigate a word or thought. The second time is for a “deep dive” bible study. I typically use Sunday for this. During the week just get into the word and allow God to guide you to truth (John 16:13, Ps 119:105). Just make a quick note of the issue either in a notebook or on the margins of the page near the verse. Then on Sunday go back and really research your notes. Side note: When I was young I used to think writing on the pages of the holy bible was a bad idea and Id be cursed or something but it is Ok. You should see my old Bible now...

    Remember the Bible is a spiritual book (1 Corinth 2:9 ,1 Thess 1:5). The more we read the Word of God, the more His teachings in righteousness are understood and obeyed. God gives us this assurance: “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel” (Psalm 73:24). As we obey God, God reveals more. As we disobey God reveals less (John 7:17, Ro 6:16).

    During devotion time there is a need for holiness (Psalm 66:18). I find it best to find a place with no distractions to be alone with God to read and pray like Jesus did (Mark 1:35). Set a specific time and try to adhere to your daily schedule like David did (Psalm 5:3). Morning is a good time for devotion before the business and less important distractions of life pollute your time and focus.

    Lastly, do not expect God to bring understanding according to your timetable or expectations. Try not to be impatient and frustrated. Recall we are told to ask for and seek things earnestly and humbly (supplication, Phil 4:6).
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    1. Greg Merrill
      We have the option to click on "Like". I like most of this but there are a few things in it that I wouldn't say, or say in the same way. Morning is not always the best time for everyone, for instance. It depends on your schedule and lifestyle.
  10. OldWiseGuy
    By Israel I don't mean the modern State of Israel.