3 Ways to Use the Bible to Touch God

Posted on March 22, 2011

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Use the Right Tool for the Job

God breathes. Did you know that? The Bible records God’s breathing at least three times.

The first time was when God made Adam. He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. That breath of life became man’s human spirit (1 Thess 5:23), which is still today the deepest part of man, even deeper than his soul (Heb 4:12). It is the only way which man can contact God (John 4:24).

The second time God breathed is at the end of John (20:22) where the resurrected Jesus breathed into His disciples and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.” When He did this, the Holy Spirit entered into the disciples’ human spirits. The result was that the Holy Spirit and the human spirit were joined together (1 Cor 6:17). Now, as believers, we are one spirit with the Lord.

The third time God breathed, He breathed out the Scripture. Second Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is God-breathed.” Witness Lee writes in a footnote in the New Testament Recovery Version, “This indicates that the Scripture, the word of God, is the breathing out of God. God’s speaking is God’s breathing out. Hence, His word is spirit (John 6:63), or breath.”

Side note: I found one other verse where God breathes. This is great. 2 Thessalonians 2:8

3 Ways to Use the Bible to Touch God

Why do I say all that about God breathing? Because the only way to use the Bible to touch God is to use it in conjunction and synchronization with our spirit. The Bible and our spirit are the same in essence, and they fit together. If we fail to use our spirit, the Bible can actually kill us, spiritually. Second Corinthians 3:6 says, “the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

So while you read these three ways to use the Bible to touch God, please remember: to touch God, you must match these methods with the exercise of your deepest part, your spirit. This takes practice.

Read sequentially – There can not be enough said about the value of just reading a portion of the Bible every day. You don’t have to read a lot. I only endeavor to read 4 pages a day from my little pocket Bible. That takes me about 10-15 minutes. I can’t even claim I always remember that much of what I read. But the benefit is that when I read with my spirit I am washed with the water of the Word (Eph 5:26). Through this washing, I am able to touch God and enter deeper into God.

Reading slowly with prayer – Ephesians 6:17 tells us to receive the sword of the Spirit, which refers to the word of God. The next verse tells us how to receive this sword: “By means of all prayer and petition.” The way to receive the word of God is by prayer. To do this, sometimes we have to slow down, calm our being, and meditate on a phrase or a word in a verse. This is like being in a forest and stopping to appreciate a single tree. If we stay there for a while, in a spirit of prayer, God will speak things that he can never speak any other time.

Dig into the deeper meaning – The Bible is a very deep book. It requires study as well as reading and meditation. We need to study the Bible in cooperation with the Spirit in our spirit. This constitutes us with the divine revelation and makes us vessels unto honor, useful to the Master (2 Tim 2:21). Here is a short example of the depth of the Word:

In Matthew 8, there is a pair of stories. The first is about a Jewish leper being healed by the touch of the Lord. This is a sign. Leprosy is a symbol of rebellion (Num 12:1, 10). The Jews were rebellious against God, but Jesus came to them first (Rom 1:16) to heal them with a direct touch.

The second story is about a paralyzed gentile slave being healed by his master’s believing in the words of Jesus. Paralysis signifies that because of sin, we gentiles are powerless to serve God. However, through faith in Jesus’ word, the slave was healed. We, as gentiles, are healed, not through the Lord’s direct touch, but through faith in the word of God. These stories illustrate how God deals with His people in this age, the age of grace.

This is an example of digging into the deeper meaning of the Bible. This constitutes us with the divine revelation.

 

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