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.
20 Surely he shall not feel [yada`] quietness [shalev] in his
belly [beten], he shall not save [malat] of that which he desired [chamad]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'Because he knew no quiet
within him He does not retain anything he desires. NASB
Typically, the belly refers to the content of ones
intentions, the objects of ones feelings or desires, the emotional aspects of
ones life, the voraciousness of ones appetite for the things of this world.
In this respect, the belly is the priority of ones
focus on life, rather than truth. People
tend to focus on their emotional reactions or responses, or wants or needs,
from the world, rather than focusing on the truths, which define life.
All things in life work together for good. All things in life were created for
good. All things exist for the benefit
Nothing exists in any way, for bad.
So the question here is, which do you align yourself
up with, good, or bad? And good, is the obvious choice, since bad leads to
nothing, exists for nothing, and ends in nothing. Why would anyone spend their entire life
Throughout our Bible study, we read all of the 'In the
beginnings ,' all of the 'begats,' how David threw a stone, of baby Jesus in
the manger, and so forth. In all of the
Bible, you will never find the specs for a better mouse trap, how to design a
music player, how to build a better rocket, how to make a car safer, even how
to change a diaper. None of these things
The Bible does not teach you how to conform to this
world, but how to build a relationship with God.
Through your daily study, while in fellowship, you
read the words, and the Holy Spirit builds a spiritual complex within your
soul. He does this supernaturally. You cannot feel it, taste it, see it. The spiritual life is something which cannot
be measured or even detected.
While your spiritual life is growing, simultaneously
your capacity grows. Capacity is your
ability to contain or hold something.
And in this case, that capacity is for life, for happiness, for
fulfillment, for completeness and so forth.
No study, means no doctrine, no doctrine in the soul
means no capacity, no capacity means that whatever you have, you cannot hold,
you cannot retain. You are no better
than a sieve. The water poured into you
runs right out. The pleasures of life, your pursuits, your desires, your
achievements, all of these run right through your fingers. You cannot hold them nor keep them.
And when you lack the ability to retain anything, then
your life is an empty life. You have no
peace, no happiness, no fulfillment. You
drink and drink and drink and drink, and everything you do in life runs right
out as though you never took your first sip.
It does not matter whether you are a peasant or a billionaire.
You remain thirsty, hungry, and insatiable without
end. And that is a life without God,
without Christ, without doctrine.
Because a person lacks doctrine in their soul, they
lack capacity for anything and everything in life.
Spiritual growth produces doctrine in the soul, which
builds up a complex within the soul, a palace, a temple, a fortress. Utilization, in fellowship, of the doctrine
you know, provides spiritual production or furnishings for that complex, temple,
fortress. Your soul becomes a home that
is lived in.
A home that is lived in, becomes a home of security, a
home of happiness, a home of capacity for all of these things and more. And capacity becomes a container into which
God can pour blessings.
When you lack doctrine, lack a functioning spiritual
life, then the very best you can have is a sign planted in the middle of your
soul, 'Coming Soon,' but construction never begins and all that exists are the
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.