Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 13:4, 19; (KJV); And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up: When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.
Understanding is the retentive capacity of the human spirit. The spirit of a man does not memorise things, like some are prone to think. The mind memorises, the spirit understands.
It is erroneous to assume that what you have memorised is what you have understood. There are many people who memorise scriptures and truths that they have not understood.
God does not expect you to merely commit truth to memory. Anything that is merely committed to memory can fall victim to the fowls of the air. The enemy can snatch it away. This is why some people forget certain things immediately after a sermon and cannot even quote a simple line of what was spoken. They did not understand what was being spoken. Because they did not understand, the Bible says that the wicked one catches it away.
In Job 28:7, the Bible says, “There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen.” The path spoken of herein, is the path of understanding.
What should this mean to you, child of God? The life of the spirit is not merely about accumulating more knowledge and revelations. It is not even in the abundance of the scriptures that you have read. It is not in the fact that you have read the Bible cover to cover forty times over.
Ask yourself the candid question, have I understood what I have heard or read? If you have not, read or listen to that teaching over and over again until understanding settles in your spirit because understanding is the first element for any germination of the Word.
FURTHER STUDY: Job 28:7, Proverbs 4:7
GOLDEN NUGGET: Understanding is the retentive capacity of the human spirit. The spirit of a man does not memorise things, like some are prone to think. The mind memorises, the spirit understands.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. The Bible says that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding. I thank You because I do not only accumulate knowledge. I perceive by the ears and get deeper insight into everything You say to me. In this wisdom, I bear much fruit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.