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Lesson # Prov. 12:25-26
Study Material - Prov. 12:25-26
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.
Proverbs 12:25-26 25 Heaviness [da'agah] in the heart [leb] of man [iysh] maketh it stoop [shachah] : but a good [towb] word [dabar] maketh it glad [samach] . 26 The righteous [tsaddiyq] is more excellent [tuwr] than his neighbour [rea] : but the way [derek] of the wicked [rasha] seduceth [ta`ah] them. KJV-Interlinear 25 Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. 26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray. NASB
The world brings nothing ultimately but pressure upon people. No matter who you are, no matter what your abilities, wealth, titles, or not, you are tied to this world and the pressures it imposes. Remember that the foundation environment of this life is the jungle.
It is the devils world, and as such chaos rules, unless there is something there to stabilize it. That stabilizing ingredient is of course Bible doctrine (positive or mature believers), or its influence (establishment principles).
For the most part of this world, people lack Bible doctrine in their souls. Their next line of defense is from establishment principles which come from the influence of the principles of the scriptures. Principles which apply to all people, both believer and unbeliever. Gravity applies to all. Marriage applies to all. Social interactions apply to all, and so forth.
But without Bible doctrine in the soul, then you greater exposure to all manner of pressures, and your chances of being buried by them is greater. They can weigh any person, even the strongest of people, down mentally.
1 Peter 5:7
7 casting all your cares (anxiety) upon Him, because He cares for you. NASB
God and doctrine is the only true defense that a person can have against the pressures of life. The only true source of an extended relief from pressure is Bible doctrine in the soul. People can always come up with some words of encouragement, but kind words, though they might work, are temporary only. Unless a person gains real resources to fight off the next round of pressures, then they will succumb again, and again, and again. The final loss will be at their death. From that there is no recovery.
As for picking out your friends, the righteous (positive believers advancing toward maturity) become a guide to those who know or observe them in times of trouble. Being a mature believer does not exempt you from trouble. But having doctrine in the soul will give you the resources to meet it head on and come out the better for it.
Remember that this is the devils world. Trouble goes right along with it. Whether it is financial, or medical, or social, or marital, or whatever, trouble attacks us all. You can prepare for it through a daily Bible study, or you can prepare for it on your own. The former is preferred. The latter will eventually cause your downfall.
The mature believer considers his friends with great care. The negative person makes friends with anyone and therein lies his trap. The bad ones are not sifted out of the group, and the bad friends lead you even further astray than you are already.
Being indifferent toward doctrine is bad enough, but when you associate with bad friends, then you are siphoned even further into the pit of trouble. Lack of doctrine in the soul makes it difficult to separate the bad friends from the good, because you lack the inability to distinguish between the two. His leads to greater opportunities for trouble to get at you. Something that you shouldn't want for yourself.
A righteous person looks after his affairs with discernment and reasonable analysis. Those who would be the fools of life, squander their resources to their own demise.
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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