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Lesson # Prov. 10:31-32
Study Material - Prov. 10:31-32
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.
31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked, what is perverted.
The proverb concludes by placing the ultimate responsibility of the persons life on them self. You and you alone are responsible and accountable for your life and your future. Our words bear witness to the condition of our soul.
From the person who is positive toward Gods Word, the mouth brings forth an abundance or production (as in a garden), of wisdom. Not that everything you say will somehow be brilliant or meant to impress everyone, but what you say in conversation will have its foundation in Gods Word and the good old common sense that accompanies it. 'Believe in Christ and be saved.' 'Don't cross a busy street.' 'Treat everyone with politeness and tolerance.' 'Work and eat, be lazy and starve.' 'Read before you sign.' 'Don't jump into bed with every smiling face that comes along.' 'Don't spend beyond your means.' 'Say no to drugs, alcohol, tobacco.' The list goes on and on forever. All these and many more come from the direct study of Bible doctrine, or indirectly from its impact on society at large.
Gods Word brings happiness and contentment. Spiritual growth does not wipe out the problems of the world, but brings you to an awareness of the limits of all problems, and to the unlimited resources of God. Gods Word brings stability, strength, hope, confidence into your life.
Disregard of Gods Word brings unhappiness, misery, and eventually doom in ones life. Having a good time at a party is not happiness, but a temporary detachment of life's realities. Parties all come to an end. Life always continues.
The mouth only speaks from what knowledge resides in the soul. We get our knowledge from all our learning experiences in life - from home, school, work, socially, news media, entertainment media, and so forth. To the extent that you study your Bible directly, you will be able to combine, discern, and categorize all your collected knowledge, good and bad.
The more Bible related information you have, the more understanding of the mechanics of how you assimilate Gods Word (residence in fellowship), the more you will grow up spiritually and have greater command over your own life.
All knowledge begins with your attitude toward life and learning in general. Absent Gods Word, evil saturates your soul and wickedness (the production of evil) commands your life. Wickedness can be as simple as gossip on the phone, or as dramatic as these suicide murderers in the Middle East, and there is a lot of room in between the two for the conduct of a wicked life.
Ours is not to judge others, not to analyze others, not to point out the errors of others. Ours is to take care of our own spiritual life first, instruct our children second, and conduct our lives according to the Bible doctrine we possess, and these are not really sequential events but all run more or less simultaneously in our lives.
There is only one source of good production - the correct study of Bible doctrine. Just memorizing random verses is not growing up spiritually. Satan has the entire Bible memorized. You must study your Bible correctly - from within the sphere of fellowship. To do otherwise is a waste of time. There are special studies on fellowship on the Index page as well as the principle of fellowship from the first few chapters of Leviticus, and the mechanics of fellowship in 1 John. We will probably study 1 John this rotation through the New Testament - sometime this summer.
We will stop in Proverbs for now and move on to Ecclesiastes and some of the shorter books in the Old Testament before getting back into the New Testament. We will spend much more time in the New Testament this next go around.
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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