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Lesson # Prov. 10:16-17
Study Material - Prov. 10:16-17
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.
16 The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment. 17 He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who forsakes reproof goes astray.
I'll refer you back to the first proverb. The pursuit of wisdom (Gods Word) is the path to life. The wealth of the rich is not an advantage in life. Neither is the poor at a disadvantage. Economic status is never an issue in the spiritual life.
Of course if you choose to live your life without God, then economics come into play while you struggle in the jungle. This kind of life is filled with strife and misery and the ultimate end of this type of life is disaster.
A righteous person is one who pursues Bible doctrine throughout their life. They pursue it, they desire it, they hunger for knowledge and spiritual growth by means of their daily Bible study. The righteous person is not a self righteous type, not an opinionated type, not a condescending type, but relaxed with poise (as a general rule) and is well oriented to life.
To pursue doctrine is to gain life, to gain perspective in life, to gain satisfaction from what God provides you, regardless if He places you in a state of poverty, extreme wealth, or anywhere in between. Both places in life (rich or poor) come with responsibility. Too often the wealthy fail in this regard, but then too, the poor are not excused from their responsibilities in life either.
All of life comes down to your attitude toward Gods Word. Prior to salvation that question was, 'What think ye of Christ?' Your response was either to believe or not. To believe was to gain eternal life. To reject or ignore Christ is to be condemned to eternal destruction (not a good thing). This is the first income repercussion in ones spiritual life or lack thereof.
The second question once you have decided to believe in Christ is, 'What think ye of doctrine?' Now this becomes a daily question. What are you going to do about your life. God gave us all three capital assets with which to invest in our life time. Depending on your investment you will either reap profits or you won't. Those three assets are, volition, doctrine, and time. Whether rich or poor, we all have these three assets. We all begin our life after salvation on the same footing. We either waste our life away in the pursuit of our own physical maintenance, and then we come face to face with death, and then what do we have to show for our life here on earth? Being a good person is not enough. Being successful is not enough. God looks to your soul, not your balance sheet.
If you invest wisely - that is you pursue a daily Bible study, and learn, and apply doctrine correctly to your life, then you will finish this life a total winner (your financial status is irrelevant). You will go into eternity and be able to claim those exceedingly great rewards, that so many others (who ignored doctrine in their lives) will lose out on. I put a chart named 'Refuge' on the Index page under the Images section. This picture may help you to orient to what we are studying here.
Listen to instruction and your rewards are immense both in this life as well as in the next. Ignore instruction, ignore any kind of daily Bible study, and your life will be whatever the jungle gives you. Remember that the jungle has many kinds of animals in it. There are the fat cats, those who have all the power, all the wealth, all the means of a good life or so they think, but they die sooner or later. They may get their pleasures now at the expense of losing out on the great rewards of eternity. Would you take a penny today (penny in hand), in exchange for billions of dollars in your next life? Not a smart trade. Eternity is a lot longer than your life span here on earth.
There are also all other animals in the jungle that are not the fat cats, but just part of the herds, or singular wildlife throughout the jungle. They just maintain their life from day to day, from season to season. Then they die also. By ignoring doctrine in their lives they are exchanging their future rewards for less than a penny of today. Again, not a smart trade.
But to those who wake up in life, to those who realize that this daily Bible study is not so intimidating, not so intrusive in ones life, but really something that we all can incorporate into our daily life without sacrificing anything else of importance, then we stand to gain much, much more than we could ever imagine, both in our current life as well as in eternity. That is a smart decision.
As you begin your spiritual life you do not really see all that there is to life. But as you continue in your daily study, you begin to realize the clarity that you have gained within your own soul, and you begin to see just how things really work in this world. You become less preoccupied with your earthly status, realizing that God provides all you need. Check your waist line!!! I suspect you have had your meals today as you had them yesterday, and you will eat again tomorrow.
As you begin to grow up spiritually, you'll discern between the basic logistics of Gods provision for those things you need day to day, and those greater blessings that accompany greater spiritual growth. We do not give the keys of the car to the infant, they have to grow up and become trained and responsible first. So it is in the spiritual life.
Pursue doctrine and you are n the right path to victory in life. Ignore instruction and you are set astray toward a destiny of misery and doom. The choice (daily choice) is always each individual persons to make. No one can force you to want to learn Bible doctrine. You have to do that yourself.
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.
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