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And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
This man that Philip was talking with and teaching was a Court Official of Candace the Queen, but he didn’t see himself as someone who was too important to be taught by someone else. We need to be careful that we don’t think that we are above or too proud to be taught by someone else.
If you are a new Christian it is good for you to seek out people who study the Word of God to guide you. There’s so much that you can learn that will help you in your everyday walk. So much comfort and encouragement to help you through the storms of life. There are guides in His word that will help you to live a life that will draw others to Him and will keep you from the bondage that sin brings to our lives! Make sure you are in a good church that teaches the word of God and that has people in it that will walk with you and pray with you. Start reading the Book of John in the New Testament, it is easy to understand and it will give you a lot of information on the life of Jesus. If there’s a Bible Study at your church that you can get involved in, jump at the opportunity!
Maybe you aren’t a new Christian and you spend time studying God’s Word, I would encourage you to never get to the point where you feel you are somehow above learning from someone else. Allow others to teach you and to speak in to your life. There’s so much in God’s Word for all of us to learn that there is no way you will learn it all. Like it says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” We need to build each other up in the knowledge of God. Know when to teach and know when to be taught ~ there can be times for both. It is ok to allow someone else to teach you without your having to prove that you already know it all or know it better, that person may be in training and sometimes God uses us to listen in order to help others grow. Now, if someone is teaching and what they are saying doesn’t ring true to the Word of God, by all means speak up and say something. Be a defender of truth and the Word of God!
Be careful and discerning when it comes to who is teaching you. Ask God to bring the right people into your life to help you grow in Him. Open yourself up to His teaching you through reading His word. If you haven’t memorized the books of the Bible, start there so you can be familiar with where and how to find verses. Once you have mastered that, start memorizing verses that will help you in your daily walk. One of my favorites is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (New International Version) Or start with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” Wherever you are in life, open yourself up to learn more about Him! Find every opportunity you can to be taught more about God and the life He has in store for you! The best is yet to come!
“It’s not where you start ~ it’s where you finish that counts.” ~Zig Ziglar