why don’t I feel God?
feelings, the unreliable barometer
the spirit, soul, and body connection
the mind and heart connection
the battleground of the mind
it builds character
lies are not harmless
truth sets us free
tearing down strongholds
establishing a stronghold of truth
training our hearts in truth
rabbit trail one: God’s word applies to me
rabbit trail two: God’s word is unfailing
thirty minutes a day can change your life
Our hypothetical person is establishing the stronghold of truth that “God loves me”, and is studying Joh 15:9 for thirty minutes a day for one week to help himself understand exactly what the Scripture says and how it applies to him, personally.
On day one of the study, he looked up “loves” in the dictionary, and wrote the definition down, so he could be sure he knew just what “God loves me” means. He also wrote down John 15:9, from his Bible and also from the KJV.
- Choose key words to look up from the Scripture: I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me. Remain in My love. John 15:9.
- Look up each word in Webster’s, and a Greek and Hebrew dictionary reference, if you have one, such as Strong’s or Vine’s (I use The Blue Letter Bible), and write down the meaningful definition, if any. You’d be surprised at the revelation that can come from looking up a simple word that you are positive you already know everything about, such as all, in Webster’s!
- Have loved (Strong’s):
to love; wider than mere feelings of affection or attachment, embracing also the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty, and propriety.
- Have loved (Webster’s): to hold dear, to cherish, to feel devotion or tenderness for, to like, desire, or take pleasure in.
Take the Scripture card to school or work; memorize it; meditate on the Scripture using insights gained from the word studies; and use the Scripture in the truth trainer as necessary throughout the day.