The essence of faith is in knowing what God’s Word has said. We can only believe to the degree to which we know God’s will. God’s Word represents God’s will. If we see from Scriptures that God was willing in the past to do certain things, then we can on the basis of Hebrews 13:8 and Malachi 3:6 believe that God is willing to do same today. In many of the devotionals and articles I write, I typically say, “find what God’s Word has said concerning you…” While I consider it unimaginable, the thought crossed my mind that some may really not have a clue on what to do. More likely is that many have never really thought about how they can actually find out what God’s Word promises them. I will share a few ways to find Scriptures on things that pertain to the various situations of your life.
1. Read the Bible. This is probably the best way to find what the Bible says, but also challenging for many. Reading the Bible should be a part of every Christian’s life. As you read through, you read it as God speaking to you directly. It is the Father’s heart to heart conversation with you. The Holy Spirit will guide you as you read and indicate areas where you need to highlight and take notes on. Reading the Bible gives you a big picture on who God is and the way He works. Being that we are products of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus, I encourage you to read through the New Testament as many times as you can, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and look for the treasure in there for you, as you highlight and take notes.
2. Use a Bible Concordance. A concordance is an alphabetical index of major words in the Bible. The most common is Strong’s Concordance. Another good one is Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. You can get these on Amazon. I believe there are also iPad apps that you can download. To use a concordance, you first write a few words that describe what you want to know. For example, if you are dealing with health issues, write down words such as healing, heals, healed, health, strength, revive, vigor etc…you get the picture. Another example is one in which you are seeking knowledge of God’s will for your family, write words like home, children, family, families, offspring, wife, husband, spouse etc. The next thing to do is to look up those words in the Bible Concordance/Dictionary and read every Scripture there by the help of the Holy Spirit. A good online tool I uses is biblos.com. Type a search word or scripture in the search bar and see what happens.
3. Read Christian books on specific topics. Just like you would look up descriptive words in a concordance, you can buy Christian books that address these issues. A good Christian book is one that is written from the perspective of Scripture. Every argument or point made must be backed up with at least two Scriptures (2 Cor.13:1). As you read books, let the Holy Spirit guide you in unveiling the depths of revelation. Don’t be hung up on what the author is saying, rather seek to understand what God is revealing through the author. It is imperative that you with each learning, do some further due diligence in looking up more Scriptures, reading them in the context of the entire chapter and book it was written in. So if you are looking for Scriptures on healing, then you should be looking for a book on divine healing and health.
4. Do a Google search. Technology has gone a long way in making the lives of people easy. If you were looking for Scriptures on prosperity, you can simply type the search string “scriptures on prosperity” into the search field, and there will be an overwhelming number of resources that come out. I am careful with recommending this because information is cheap on the internet, and as a result we can get bad information also. When I do searches like this, I tend to focus on people who give a good list of Scriptures rather than a biased list. In all this, let the Holy Spirit be your guide. Your focus is on finding what God’s Word says, not in what a person feels the Bible is saying in their own interpretation.
Your guide in understanding the will of God is the Holy Spirit. Let His inward witness be your guide.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” Joh.14:26 NIV