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.
11 If they obey [shama`] and serve [`abad] him, they shall spend [kalah] their days [yowm] in prosperity [towb], and their years [shaneh (in pl. only),] in pleasures [na`iym].
12 But if they obey [shama`] not, they shall perish [`abar] by the sword [shelach], and
they shall die [gava`] without knowledge [da`ath]. KJV-Interlinear
11 'If they hear and serve Him, They
shall end their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. 12 'But if they do not hear, they shall perish
by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge. NASB
Now we have to understand that there are only two
opinions in this universe - Gods and everything else. Gods opinion is truth. Everything else is a distortion of truth.
Gods opinion is not restricted to the content of the
Bible, God created all that there is, and in this creation, God utilized many
truths such as mathematics, physics, biology, psychology, economics and so
forth in accomplishing creation and its maintenance. Not to mention the usual truths of life such
as birth, death, salvation, the spiritual life and so forth.
Of these things, Elihu has mentioned many, and man has
discovered many. The big problem usually
comes in mans interpretation and application of truths. From the objective view to the very bizarre,
all sorts of ideas spring up in mans head.
And there is certainly no shortage of misinterpretation and
misapplication of truths in life.
But there is only one fundamental source of truth and
that is God. There is only one
communicator of truth and that is God (the Holy Spirit). There is only one who executes truth and that
is God (Jesus Christ).
So, no matter what I say in these studies, no matter
whether you agree with anything I write in these studies, your source of truth
is God, not me, not the world, not anyone in life.
God gave you common sense. God gave you intelligence and
objectivity. God gave you, all that you
need in order to see and understand truth.
But the world is there readily waiting to distract you
with bias, personal preference, convenience, doubt, suspicion, impatience,
indifference, massive media propaganda schemes and more.
It is for you to decide first of all, whether you
really want to know and understand truth, or whether you prefer the comfort of
your own beliefs.
And so God gives you Bible doctrine. God makes it readily available in its many
forms, such that you have no excuse, or no basis for saying that you had no
access to truth. It is all around you.
Bible doctrine is the window or doorway through which
you may gain access to truth and the discernment of truth from out of all of
the masses of propaganda that exists in this world.
Positive volition toward learning truth gets you in,
and negative volition keeps you out.
Obedience to Gods commands gains you understanding and
wisdom, and more. Disobedience gains you
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.