1 Corinthians 13:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Different translations. Different versions. Different interpretations of the Bible. Misinterpretations. Misunderstandings. Who is right? All of them and none of them.
I think it was Ayn Rand who said
“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”
I agree with that, and I think everyone one views the Bible the same way; not as it is, but through a lense coated with preconcieved notions, our upbringing; we often see only what we want to see when we read the Bible. I am stopping there and leaving that open ended because I want to hear your thoughts on this topic.
I’m going to write a series of blog posts dealing with what the bible has to say about relationships. I strongly believe that the bible is relevant to today’s problems, and no matter what relationship problems you are having, or any problems you are having, for that matter, no matter what you are dealing with, the answer is in the word of God. This series of posts came about after much prayer, and study of the word, concerning my own relationship problems
Good relationships don’t just happen
Properly placed faith in the Cross takes care of many things, but that still doesn’t mean that everything in your life will be automatic or that you will receive or be able to accomplish certain things overnight
We can’t change other people, but we can allow the Lord to change us.
The Lord always makes us better, but many people are afraid to let the Lord change them, afraid of what they will have to give up. Realize thought that the Lord only ever asks you to give something up, when He wants to give you something better. Now I want to look at some things that may cause relationship problems.
Satan will try to hinder you any way he can, and that includes bringing confusion, misunderstanding, chaos, miscommunication, which can lead to mistrust.
Again, properly placed faith does not mean that relationship problems automatically disappear. The devil will take any opening you give him, and while not all relationship problems are caused by demonic interference, some are, and in those cases we are to take authority over them in the name of Jesus.
Can Christians be oppressed by demons? Scriptural evidence says yes, though there is not a lot of scriptural evidence.
10One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”…
This passage is from Luke 13, I know that this is debatable, as I said, the bible doesn’t say much about it, but this passage seems to suggest that this woman was a believer, but still oppressed physically by Satan. To say no this is impossible, for a believer to be oppressed, and depressed, because of spiritual forces, is to deny reality. It has been my experience that Christians can be thus effected, and to deny this would be to deny that they are truly Christians, which is not the case. Neither does this in any way deny Christ’s Lordship in the life of that believer. He is still in control, and I don’t know why He would allow one of His children to be oppressed. What I can say is that they should seek the Lord as to the reason, and not psychiatry or drugs. I’m not discounting these things, sometimes there are physical causes of depression, chemical imbalances that require medication. I’m not saying that people who genuinely need medicine should stop taking them–they should continue to take medicines they truly need. But when it comes to depression, there is a spiritual aspect that psychiatry cannot treat. We are living in the last days, and as the bible says, there is an increase in demonic activity against the people of God. That may be one of the reasons for increased oppression.
The Name Of Jesus
The name of Jesus still has power to heal and set free. That power is still greater than any medication or any psychological method. Those things are new, so what makes anyone think they work better than the methods of the Creator of the Ages? While as I have said, these things have a place, they do not and cannot take the place of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The cross of Christ is greatly misunderstood. Here is what the cross is NOT:
- Not a magic talisman: victory of depression and oppression doesn’t come by just saying “Cross, cross, cross,” in every sermon. People need to understand what that means, and just because a preacher doesn’t say the exact words “the cross” in a sermon doesn’t mean they aren’t preaching Christ crucified. You also can’t get victory by visualizing the Crucifixion.
- Not a gimmick that you need to pay a preacher to teach you. The message of the cross is throughout the bible, and it is free.
The cross is simply the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It is the place He won the victory. Faith in the Cross simply means letting Christ fight your battles because He already won them on the Cross. It’s like trying to fly a plane yourself when you don’t know how, versus letting an experienced pilot fly the plane. So that is our most important relationship–the one we have with Christ. When we are in right relationship with Him, our other relationships will become what they should be.
“Give and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall men pour into your bosom.” Luke 6:38
The Lord gave me a revelation about this verse. It does not only refer to material and financial things, it also refers to love, among other things.
There is a great principle of God that applies to love—no matter how much you give, your supply is not depleted—and not only is your supply NOT depleted, it grows. Love, mercy, grace, longsuffering—all of these are the fruit of the Spirit, and they grow equally as we practice them. It is the Holy Spirit who causes them to grow, not us, and that is why they are called the fruit of The Spirit. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our lives, God will see to it that it does. The greatest of these is love, if we have the love of God in us, we will have mercy, grace, longsuffering, etc, in ever increasing measure.
Galatians 5:22-23King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
1 Corinthians 13:13King James Version (KJV)
13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
There is no wisdom in a fool, so it is only foolishness that comes out of his mind, and he is quick to speak, but the wise man listens, processes what he has heard, and then responds.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Verse 6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
As I wrote in a previous post “How do I pray?” praise and worship should be a big part of our prayer time. We ought to be thankful always for all that the Lord had done for us. God doesn’t want us to worry, but He does want us to cry out to Him, when we have a problem, or a need. If you don’t get an answer right away, keep asking.
Verse 7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Lord promises us peace, and shows us how secure we are in Christ.
Verse 8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This admonishes us to be careful about what we watch and listen to. This includes television shows and movies, but it also includes the people we hang out with—is their conversation scriptural, true, and beneficial? Or is it error, harmful, and destructive?
Verse 9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
What we have learned, received, heard and seen, from the writings of the Apostle Paul, is the message of the Cross. If you place our faith in that– the God of peace will be with you, He is your never-ending and inexhaustible source of peace.