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Did you ever play board games when you were a kid?  I remember playing Password, Pyramid (back when it was only $21,000 rather than $100,000 - inflation!) and being fascinated by the red plastic card viewer.
Do you remember those?  There were cards printed in blue and red, and the only way you could read them was to place the card viewer over it to decode the answers. Without the decoder, everything was jumbled and you couldn't make sense out of it.

photo courtesy of boardgamegeek.com
A friend recently mentioned that before she became a Christian, the things of God made as much sense as those cards without a viewer.  Nothing in life became clear until she began viewing the world through the lens of the Holy Spirit.

When we give control of our life to Jesus and accept Him as Lord (submitting to His authority) and Savior (accepting the gift of Salvation He offers through His death and resurrection), the Holy Spirit makes His home within us. Suddenly, we begin to see in a different way. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand what God is saying to us and why.

It's important that believers remember this when talking with people who are not yet followers of Jesus. We can't expect them to understand "Christianese" or make sense of what God says when they don't have the help of the Holy Spirit.

What a great fit for this week's verse in the *She Sparkles* A-Z Scripture Memory Challenge: 
U - Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it. ~ Proverbs 16:22

There's no time like the present to join us in memorizing God's word!  You can jump in with the "U" verse, or start with one of the A to Z verses we've learned so far:

  • A - As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15b
  • B – Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Acts 16:31
  • C – Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
  • DDevote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
  • EEvery good and perfect gift is from above James 1:17
  • F – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • G – God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
  • H – How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth. Psalm 47:2
  • I – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Galatians 5:1
  • J – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
  • K – Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Psalm 34:13
  • L - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
  • M – May Your unfailing love be my comfort. Psalm 119:76
  • NNothing is too hard for God. Jeremiah 32:17b
  • O – O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
  • PPut on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11
  • Q - In quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15b
  • R - Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8
  • S - Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
  • T - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5


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2 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    That red decoder is a great analogy! And yes, I remember... :)~ Pam

  2. We were a game show family and I loved those red decoders. Even now, I'm captivated by what is hidden on those cards. Lately, I've been equally captivated by the hidden treasures in His word and so grateful for how Holy Spirit brings revelation.

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