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.
5 Let your
conversation [tropos] be without covetousness [aphilarguros]; and be content [arkeo]
with such things as ye have [pareimi]: for [gar] he [autos] hath said [ereo], I will never [ou me] leave
[aniemi] thee [se], nor [oude] [ou me] forsake [egkataleipo] thee [se].
6 So that [hoste] we [hemas] may boldly [tharrheo] say [lego], The Lord [kurios] is my [emoi] helper [boethos], and [kai] I will [phobeo] not [ou] fear [phobeo] what [tis] man [anthropos] shall do [poieo] unto me [moi]. KJV-Interlinear
5 Let your
character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for
He Himself has said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, 6 so that we confidently say, The Lord is my
helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me? NASB
God has put up with
humanity for all of its history over these several thousands of years now. And He put up with humans all of this time
just so you could be here on earth now.
He could have ended human
history long ago. But He didn t. You think that He might have had other ideas
for history and you just happened along?
And in that, you are wrong.
Certainly God has lots of things happening in history all at once, but
your life is an integral part of human history.
That makes you important.
God has given you something
of great value too your spiritual life.
God has also allowed all of the things of our temporal life to exist so
we could live and survive in this world while we grow up spiritually.
Now you can place your
trust in those temporal things, or you can place your trust in Gods provision
especially in His doctrine.
Note that money is not the
problem. Money just represents the
things of this world. You could easily
substitute sex, drugs, food, chocolate, sleep, television, social life,
entertainment, work, career, hobbies, or anything you can imagine that can
occupy a persons desires or focus on life.
When you lust or desire
something else, anything else in life, to the exclusion of Bible doctrine, then
you are setting yourself up for disaster.
distractions from doctrine, even greed, follow a principle of increasing insatiable
desires that produce decreasing satisfaction, a form of the law of diminishing
returns. The more you put into the
things of this world, the less you will get out of them.
No matter what you will
have in life, it will never be the source for your happiness, success, or
contentment. Satisfaction requires a
capacity for and an orientation to, life.
That capacity demands that
you learn about life, and that learning comes from only one source Gods Word.
In the last few lessons we
studied marriage and the role of the husband and the wife, we studied prejudice
and the attitudes that people can have selectively for one class of people as
opposed to another class. The class
being a product of your discrimination.
We studied hospitality, and various views that people can have when they
interact with others.
You can be selective too,
with respect to our studies and decide that you will agree with one thing and
disagree with another. And that is where
your failure in life will start. You
cannot have life both ways. You cannot
choose from the things God teaches, things which are agreeable with you, and
substitute your own ideas for those things of God with which you disagree.
That is a form of material
lust. The material you are pursuing in
this case is your own righteousness as opposed to Gods.
1 Tim. 6:17
17 Instruct those who are
rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the
uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to
Beware, and be on your
guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does
his life consist of his possessions. NASB
10 Do not trust in
oppression, And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. NASB
5 When you set your eyes on
it, it is gone. For wealth certainly
makes itself wings, Like an eagle that
flies toward the heavens. NASB
6 Be strong and courageous,
do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes
with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. NASB
5 No man will be able to
stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I
will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. NASB
6 The LORD is for me; I
will not fear; What can man do to me? NASB
God has given us all an
opportunity for a great commission in this life and a phenomenal blessing
package for all of eternity. Don t you
think that He will provide for our meager needs while we are here on this
Would it be worth while
pursuing something that is temporary while excluding something that is
If God has waited through
all of human history just so you can be born, won t He remain in your life,
throughout your life?
Is God not greater than
anything in this universe?
So, if you pursue your
spiritual life, without trying to compromise away portions of it, without
throwing it away as Esau did, then isn t it prudent to stick with Gods Word,
which is phenomenally valuable, instead of trading it away for something that
will gain you nothing?
Now, don t
misunderstand. Money is not the bad boy
here. Your attitude is. If you have an opportunity to make a lot of
money, or to have fun, or to pursue the things that you enjoy in life, then by
all means go for it. Just remember your
spiritual life and persevere in that too.
Don t exclude one from the other.
Have a balanced life, not a lopsided life.
Pursuing worldly things
without a spiritual life gains you nothing.
But too, pursuing a spiritual life while excluding your temporal life
will result in your making mistakes, also resulting in your having a
compromised spiritual life. The two
lives need to be synchronized together so that your application of Bible doctrine
to your daily life will aid in your learning, resulting in an even better
spiritual life. Don t pursue extremes in
Don t play games with something
as valuable as your spiritual life.
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.