Study to Show Yourself the Truth

By Ricardo Butler

 

Hello, my name is Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler. I’m here because I believe that EVERY Child of God should be growing in the Truth of God that births the Love of God in them towards all people, even for the worse of people that humanity has brought forth.

 

 

Struggling with the Bible

 

I know what it is like to flip through pages and pages of the Bible (especially Revelation) and feel frustrated about not understanding what it all means and how it pertains to me. Even worse, I know what it feels like to buy multiple Bible translations and still feel like you didn’t learn anything.

Some other frustrations I’ve dealt with when reading the Bible have been things like do I need to learn Hebrew and Greek to understand the writers meaning of those ancient times? Another problem I have had is even getting motivated to even read the Bible (especially through books like Leviticus and Numbers). The King James language of ‘Ye’ and ‘Thou’ just adds to the confusion. It can all be a mess when you consider just the simple tasks of reading the Word of God.

 

That is why I am here to help you. What if you could pick up the Bible and open up its many pages to anywhere or any book and be able to get a surface level revelation of what God is saying to you or how it applies to your life? What if you could learn principles from the Bible that could save you money from going to any of these Bible schools or becoming a theologian, plus you’d probably learn more than they could ever teach you! That’s a big promise huh? (In your mind you are probably saying, “You’re joking right Ricardo?” No, I’m not. If Jesus could do it with dumb fishermen with very little education in the Scriptures He could turn you into the next Peter, James, and John (or even Paul the Apostle).

 

 

Secrets of the Bible

 

What if you could just learn a little bit more about the secrets (mysteries of the Kingdom) that could build your faith to be a better witness to others? What if you could learn key principles that could help you fulfill your calling, or build a successful ministry, or plant a growing church, or even a wealth Kingdom business that glorifies God?

 

Here’s a few more. What if you could learn the keys to a better marriage or learn new ways on how to raise your kids? Wouldn’t that help? How about learning ways on how to deal with pain, loss, or death of a loved one? What if you could receive from God strength, confidence, or the passion to serve Him in new ways that you haven’t experienced? What would you do if you could just unlock the Bible for yourself and receive the abundant life that Jesus promised us all? For the record, I am not just talking about money here. I’m talking about in the spiritual life first so it spills over into our natural life.

 

 

My Testimony

 

It wasn’t long ago … no, I lie, it’s been almost 14 years (actually probably longer than that) that I found myself in Jefferson Correctional Institute (for those who don’t know, that’s a prison). This is where this backslider came back to God ready to listen to Him since He called me at 9 (I’m 39 as of writing this) of years of backsliding and running from God’s call on my life. Here are the first four verses that God really impressed on my mind and heart and that I have kept as a mission every time I open His Word. There are promised attached to them which are how God (the Ultimate Motivator) has made come to pass every time. Here are the four verses. Pay very CLOSE attention to the words of these verses.

 

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2nd Timothy 2:15).

 

“Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3).

 

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7).

 

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:31-33).

 

It was a combination of these three verses that set me on fire to study, call, seek, and get the things God wanted me to receive from Him above all things. I heard it joked one time that Jeremiah 33:3 was God’s phone number!

 

But for years I’ve sought to learn God through His Word so I would have all the answers to life, Christianity, the world, the way people are, and even about myself that I didn’t know. I had so many questions and I was hungry for answers. My first response to everything was, “But why God?” I guess God was not afraid or annoyed at me always testing His patience with my bombardment of questions because He seems to either answer it directly in His Word or sent me to people who were strong in the Word who knew the answers to what I was looking for. I have had every answer to every question I have asked of God and more. I have even looked at what other Christians were asking just so I could …

 

“… be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1st Peter 3:15).

 

Today, standing now in apostolic ministry having been trained and fully developed first in the evangelistic ministry, second the pastoral ministry, and fourth in the prophetic ministry and believe me to be even more trained and developed more in the teaching ministry more so than the other four. I consider myself to be a teaching apostle. But my words mean nothing. I will let God be the judge of that as well as you reading this. There haven’t been too many brothers and sisters in Christ, even those well known all over the Body of Christ who has come to me with questions concerning the Word that I could answer or find the answer for them.

 

 

Early Problems in my Research of the Word

 

But it hasn’t always been easy for me to understand the Word of God as I do now. There was a time that I ran into a huge wall. It felt like God showed me all I could learn by myself. I believe as Apostle Tim Early (RIP) my spiritual father and mentor once said, “The Lord locks our destiny up and within another.” Meaning that God only allows us to learn by ourselves for a time when He brings us under more tried and season men and women of God ahead of us to receive from Him faithfully submitting to them as unto Him. I was hardheaded to this truth for years. Ephesians 4 does say that He gave these five to help us grow. I was just too blind to see it. I felt I had learned enough about the Word of God at that point that no human could teach me about God. I didn’t need to go to church. I didn’t need to fellowship and learn from other believers. I didn’t need “another bible study” from some man who I thought I knew more about the Word than he did. Yup! Pride had set in and God resists the proud. He wanted me to …

 

“Likewise, ye younger [I was young and still pretty immature], submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1st Peter 5:5-7).

 

I had to learn how to learn from other members of the Body of Christ. I had to learn from those over me in the Lord. I had to learn how to learn from those under me in the Lord. I had to learn how to learn from those on my level in the Body of Christ. I even had to learn to see God in creation, to see God in the secular world working. I even had to learn from false preachers so I could gain discernment between the true and the false. I had to learn how to learn how to be able to see the real from the fake by sitting under the fake when my spirit was so uncomfortable of the teaching coming out of their mouths.

 

I remember one time these two preachers were clearly out of order doctrinally. The whole congregation was looking at each other like, “Are these guys seriously preaching this in the church?” But I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Sit still and learn what NOT to do. How will you learn the truth if you cannot identify a lie?” That was one of the most important lessons that I have learned from God in my life!

 

 

Become Undeceiveable

 

Now today there is a promise in the Bible I now understand and has been a fulfillment in my life. I didn’t understand it back when I read it so I applied it wrong. But now that I have lived it I KNOW what God means.

 

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24).

 

I used to understand this verse as that satan and his ministers could deceive God’s very elect and chosen saints. But that is NOT what this verse is saying. It says IF it were possible they shall deceive the very elect. BUT it’s NOT possible once you have become the called, chosen (elect), and faithful (Rev. 17:14) to be deceived by satan. The truth (the Son) has truly set a person free from such deception from false ministers of satan.

 

Some truths in the Word of God will NEVER be understood until you have actually lived them. We will talk more about that another time. But wouldn’t you love to get to a point in your walk with the Father that you have become “undeceivable” by the kingdom of darkness? ITS POSSIBLE says Jesus in the verse above and many like it. It requires faith to believe this, but it is possible. Now, don’t be deceived (LOL!), God is not mocked, because though satan can no longer deceive us, we can still deceive ourselves! Especially, through unbelief that God won’t do for you what He promises. It was through unbelief that the chosen people that left Egypt didn’t get into the PROMISE LAND! Not because God didn’t keep His promise to bring them to the promise land. They just didn’t believe in His promise and it was through unbelief or self-deception they didn’t make it. And the same applies today. If you don’t believe God can do what He promises in your life then as His Word says,

 

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering [not doubting]. For he that wavereth [doubts, disbelieves] is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded [doubtful, full of disbelief] man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8).

 

So I hope to God that you believe what I am telling you today that it IS POSSIBLE to not be deceived by the kingdom of darkness!

 

 

How to Study, Unlock, and Understand the Bible

 

This new ministry aspect that I am adding to Ricardo Equips concerning teaching God’s people how to study, unlock, and understand the Word of God should have been added years ago. I just never felt ready to do it yet or even qualified. Yes, I had doubts too! LOL! So I didn’t do it because I didn’t believe I could. But God has finally helped my unbelief and I am adding this very important and critical ministry training and equipping to my ministry. I will do this for the next 12 months through blog posts, newsletters, e-Books, audiobooks, podcasts, training courses, coaching, consulting, group equipping, life-on-life communion, mentoring, and spiritual fathering!

 

And now I want to help you bear the same fruits in your life and calling. The first step is simple. Simply reply below with your name and email and I will contact you by email to keep you updated as I develop this new aspect to my ministry for when my next book titled How to Study, Unlock, and Understand the Bible or any information related to it comes out.

 

May the blessings of the KINGDOM of the Father come upon you and your family through the Seed of the Word planted grow up 30fold, 60fold, 100fold, and even a double portion, which would be 200fold in Jesus’ name by the power of the Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE WORLD! Amen!

Grammatical errors are left in intentionally to let people know that a real human named Ricardo Butler is really writing his own content! 🙂

 

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Thanks for the connection! What are you wrestling with? What can I pray about for you? If you have any questions, or if I can help you in any way, feel free to write.

 

So Continue to Feed {Foundational Extraordinary Eternal Dimensions} the Seed {Strategic End-time Edifying Depths} and Nurture the Nature {HIS}, for by Divine Enlightenment you are BE-coming what you already ARE! You are that NOW, as your spirit is in the ascendancy … Apostolic Blessings and do know that you are highly FLAVORED of the Lord! If you have any questions, need prayer, or if I can help you in any way, feel free to inbox me or write me.

 

May the blessings of the KINGDOM of the Father come upon you and your family through the Seed of the Word planted grow up 30fold, 60fold, 100fold, and even a double portion, which would be 200fold in Jesus’ name by the power of the Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE WORLD! Amen!

 

Love you and Christ bless!

 

Your Personal Feet Washer

Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler @ https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/aboutricardo/
Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler @ https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/aboutricardo/

Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler

Ricardo Equips Book Ministry

https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/

 

 

Ricardo Equips is passionate about helping and equipping apostolic leaders & ministers such as yourself to equip more five-fold ministry leaders and spiritual parents to rule well in the home, ministry, marketplace, and local community!”

 

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