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.
32 That which I see [chazah] not [bil`adey] teach [yarah] thou me: if I have done [pa`al] iniquity [`evel], I will do
[yacaph] no more. KJV-Interlinear
32 Teach Thou me what I do not
see; If I have done iniquity, I will do
it no more'? NASB
One of the fundamental principles to probably
everything in life, is attitude. This is
especially true with regard to your spiritual life. And this is probably the single biggest
barrier to advancing in ones spiritual life.
A positive attitude is the primary ingredient for
learning and growing up.
A positive attitude is being open minded, optimistic,
constructive, encouraging, voluntary subordination to authority, and especially
recognition of authority, which has been properly established.
God is the ultimate authority, and in fact, He is the original
and the only authority that exists anywhere.
All other authority positions can only be established by God.
Any position of authority established by God is
legitimate, and any position of authority which has not been established by
God, is not legitimate.
The first rule of the spiritual life is
salvation. You must be born again, made
a new creature, adopted into the family of God, before your spiritual life can
begin to grow.
The second rule of the spiritual life is
fellowship. You must be constantly on
guard, watching as it were, as a soldier at his post. Constantly on the lookout for the enemy - any
sin, any attitude of indifference, any mis-directed attitude or belief, which
might infiltrate your thoughts and thus defeat you where you stand.
Fellowship is maintained through confession and
confession is the alarm call when you see the enemy (sin or spiritual failure)
in your life.
Once you have been saved, and once you have
established your fellowship relationship with God, then maintaining it
(fellowship), you are ready to learn, and apply to life what you learn, and
grow up in your spiritual life. This
requires an attitude of open mindedness and a willingness and a desire, a
genuine desire, to advance in your spiritual life.
You set behind you, your old self, your prior
attitudes, your old beliefs, your taboos and unmentionable views of life, and,
with your eyes newly opened wide, you begin to see the prison that you had been
living in, and you begin to experience the freedom, true freedom, which only
the spiritual life can provide.
But stubbornness, indifference, impertinence, antagonism,
rage, guilt and a thousand more such terms, have to be cut off from you as the
ball and chain they are, so you can advance freely in the life which God really
designed for you.
You not only have to make that change, but you have to
believe it, subscribe to it, and commit your life to it. 'I will do it no more.'
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.