Ok! Here are the answers to our quiz!

1)      Seven. “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9.

2)      “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” Matt 9:22, Mark 5:34, Luke 8:28.

3)      Thirty years old. Luke 3:23

4)      Philip  John 14:8

5)      The Roman Centurion. Matt 8:8-10

6)      Lazarus.  John 11:36

7)      Caiaphas Matt 26:57

8)      Cooking bread and fish.  John 21:9

9)      “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark 12:17

10)  “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” Acts 17:28

So, how did you do?  Remember they’re worth 10% each! 40% or less, you really need to work on it. 50% to 70% percent not bad, but you still have some studying to do. 80% to 100% Great job! You know a lot!!

Personally, I love quizzes and trivia! I even like tests!  (Yeah a lot of people think I’m crazy.) I love that stuff because when I get answers right I feel like I know something! I LOVE feeling like I know things!

But a few years back, regardless of the things I knew, I was just plain miserable!!!  I knew a TON about Christianity; I knew what you were supposed to do and what you weren’t supposed to do. I knew a whole bunch of verses; I was even taking Bible classes so I could have more knowledge about the Bible! But I was super unhappy!!  Christianity was just a bunch of rules and standards and works, it wasn’t any fun, and I didn’t have any joy, and I was ready to quit! I wanted to do what was right but no matter what I tried, or what I learned I still couldn’t, and I was sick of it!

Well, then I went on my Journey and found out what I had been missing.  The past three years since then have been me learning more and more about this truth.  Just recently I pegged what it was a little more solidly so I’m going to try to explain it to you and by God’s grace it’ll make some sense.

A bit ago I had a friend who was having a hard time of it, so I thought “Aw I’ll be a good friend and send her a verse to think about. Hmmm what should I send her? Oh those verses from Ephesians three are good, the ones about faith and deep and wide, and knowing things, and fullness, and Christ’s love, and abundantly to overflowing and whatever… yeah, I’ll send her those!”

Well, as I walked into my room to get my Bible, a question hit me… “What does God want us to know?”  “Whoa!” I thought, “That’s a good question. Ok I’ll check it out.”  So I grabbed my Bible and got into my trusty Bible program…..and within five or ten minutes I was completely blown away by the truth set inside those verses.

So here’s what I found out. In Ephesians 3:19 there’s a part that says “…that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” “Well goodness,” I was thinking, “What in heaven’s name does that even mean?” So I looked it up, here’s what the word “Filled” means in Strong’s:

To make full, to fill up, to fill to the full

To cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally

I abound, I am liberally supplied

To render full, to complete

(I Love this one!!!) To fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim

(And this one is incredible to me!!!) To make complete in every particular, to render perfect

I was having some trouble grasping this concept! I mean “Filled to the top with nothing wanting? Complete in EVERY particular? Rendered perfect?” Man! That is a lot of filling up there. So then my next thought was “So what are we being so filled with?” Well the answer was right there, “…the fullness of God.” What does THAT mean? So I looked up “Fullness” this one meant:

That which is (has been) filled

As that which is filled with the presence, power, agency, riches of God and of Christ.

That which fills or with which a thing is filled

Completeness or fullness of time

Fullness, abundance

A fulfilling, keeping

Wow, so another way this verse could sound is something like this:

“That you might be complete in every particular, liberally supplied, and filled to the brim with the presence, power, riches and abundance of God Himself.”

Well I have to admit that what I was thinking at this point was not so very faith based. “It sounds too good for me to ever be able to get it!” Was what was running through my mind, but I figured I’d at least keep looking at the verse to figure out how to get it.

And I did just that! ……. But I’m not going to tell you about it right now!  I don’t want you all falling asleep at your computers.  So here’s the deal, I’ll be posting the rest of this in the next newsletter. In the meantime, if you want to study it out for yourself and figure out the answer to how we get the fullness of God, GO FOR IT!  And if you have time I would LOVE to hear what you’ve found out, so feel free to email me at Loliverio@livingthejourney.com.

God bless you, and we’ll catch up with you next time!