“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:9
Sometimes people ask, “Is the Bible to be interpreted literally or figuratively?” I answer, “Yes!” It is to be interpreted figuratively and literally all at the same time.
The Bible is full of symbolism. But you must find out what the symbol stands for, and then you literally believe it. For example, in the book of Revelation the devil is symbolized as a huge dragon. Don’t say, “Oh, that’s just symbolism, there is no devil.” The golden arches symbolize McDonald’s, right? When you see those golden arches, do you say, “Oh, that’s just a symbol. There is no McDonald’s restaurant. There’s no such thing as a hamburger”? You wouldn’t say that! No. It’s a symbol, but when you know what the symbol stands for, you can apply it literally.
When you open the Word of God, first pray over it. Then ponder it. Ask these six questions:
1. Is there a promise to claim?
2. Is there a lesson to learn?
3. Is there a blessing to enjoy?
4. Is there a command to obey?
5. Is there a sin to avoid?
6. Is there a new thought to carry with me?
Pray, “Oh God, open my eyes; move upon my heart; give me understanding,” and you ponder it. You think about it. Then with a pen close by, you write these things down. Read it through, think it clear, write it down, pray it in, live it out, and pass it on.
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