You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
Wherefore [dio] lift up [anorthoo] the
hands [cheir] which hang down [pariemi], and [kai] the feeble [paraluo] knees [gonu];
13 And [kai] make [poieo] straight [orthos] paths [trochia] for your [humon] feet [pous], lest that [hina me] which
is lame [cholos] be turned out of the way [ektrepo]; but [de] let it [iaomai] rather [mallon] be healed [iaomai]. KJV-Interlinear
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so
that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. NASB
Doctrine is a body of
rules, principals, or ideas that form the basis of a belief. Bible doctrine is
the content of rules, principals,
mandates, and so forth which come to us from God.
Nothing in scripture is
more important than the fundamental principles of truth and life which God
teaches us. Bible doctrine is the foundation of our spiritual knowledge and
understanding, and is the basic ingredient for our spiritual growth. Bible
doctrine therefore, is the basis for our orientation to God, to truth, to life,
to other people, and to ourselves. Ultimately Bible doctrine is the basis for
There are two aspects to
the spiritual life. The first aspect is
learning, knowing and understanding, and believing the teaching of the word
God. The second aspect is accepting,
living, and obeying the word of God.
You cannot read only, the
word of God and expect to grow up spiritually. Both aspects of the spiritual
life mentioned above, go hand in hand in bringing your spiritual life to its
Lots of people in the world
believe in God, believe in Christ, and even believe in the Bible in general.
Lots of people in the world understand the difference between right and wrong.
But when you take the principles of Bible doctrine and refuse to apply them to
your daily life then your spiritual life becomes lame, as described in our
For example, most folks
understand the mechanics of confession, however many folks do not understand
the principle of confession or its purpose. Too often we go looking for
preacher or priest, or for someone to bear out our guilt. And, this
unfortunately does nothing to help our spiritual life.
God designed the principle
of confession so that the individual would begin examining his own life on a
moment by moment basis, and in confession, assume the responsibility for his or
her actions or thoughts. No human being, no individual can forgive you of your
sins. Only God can forgive you. That is why all confession is directed towards
God the Father, and no one else. The function of confession is not to ease your
conscience or your guilt, but it is to bring you into compliance with an action
that God demands.
The strengthening of hands
and knees is intended to teach us to apply Bible doctrine to our daily life.
The function of the hands and the knees is an illustration of our moment by
moment activity throughout our life. In order to function in life we need to
have strength. Without strength then we
Strength comes from two
sources. The first source is food and nourishment which you take in perhaps
three times a day with your daily meals. The second source is through exercise
which is the application of the energy which you acquired through those meals.
The same illustration is
true with Bible doctrine. You learn, you study, you understand, and you apply.
This is what we have called in this study, the circle of wisdom. You repeat
this process of learning through application, over and over again throughout
Your path through life is
the course you take based on what you believe and what your attitude is towards
truth. The straight path of course is
the one based on Bible doctrine. Your feet is an illustration of your pattern
of thoughts, decisions, and actions which you pursue throughout your life.
Bible doctrine is the only
true source of nourishment and strength for your soul. Bible doctrine is the
source of spiritual muscle and energy that carry s you through this life and
into the next.
Pursuing a course through
life without Bible doctrine serves to sap your strength and render you weak and
lame in your life. A person that lacks proper nourishment and exercise becomes
weak and sickly. And this in turn makes them unproductive in life. A weak and
sickly person will always fall and never finish anything that they start. And
of course the thing that we are discussing as being started here, is life
There s only one way to
avoid failure in life, and that is through advancing in one spiritual life to
the point of spiritual maturity.
Advancing to spiritual
maturity requires that you apply what you learn to your daily life. There s
nothing worse than a person who knows what they should do, but they simply
don t do it. Too many people straddle
the fence, in their indecision or apathy toward their spiritual life.
In the same fashion to many
people misapply the principles of Bible doctrine and they become poor examples
of what the Christian life really is. I often receive lots of unsolicited
emails that have some form of Christian content contained within them. Sending
emails to people you know is one thing, but sending emails to people you don t
know is totally out of line. A good Christian respects the privacy of others
and does not try to superimpose their belief or opinions on others.
fence-straddler may impact your life,
but being a nuisance to others may impact their opinion of Christianity and
therefore may discourage them from pursuing their spiritual life.
When we apply Bible
doctrine to our daily life, we must apply it correctly, and not be intrusive or
abusive toward others.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.