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.
hast given [nathan] him his heart's [leb]
desire, [ta'avah] and hast not withholden [mana`] the request ['aresheth] of
his lips. [saphah] Selah. [celah] KJV-Interlinear
2 Thou hast
given him his heart's desire, And Thou hast not withheld the request of his
lips. Selah. NASB
The hearts desire, is the desire of that which is in the heart.
So what is the heart?
The heart is the symbolic pump of the soul. It is the content of that which you think on an ongoing basis.
Just as in the body, the heart pumps and pumps and pumps non-stop, round the clock, twenty-four seven. So also, the soul has a concept heart and that is what you think non-stop, twenty-four seven. And even though you are asleep perhaps eight hours each night, or whenever it is that you sleep, your soul never rests. It keeps on thinking and thinking and thinking, even better than that little rabbit in the commercial.
So, what is it that you think?
Well most folks think experiential or academic thoughts, or whatever it is that you do day in and day out. Everything that you learn in this world, everything that you experience, everything that you believe, everything that you want or need or desire or are tempted by, all of these things make up the content of your soul and thus the sum total of your hearts desire.
But what does God honor? Does He honor the things of this world, or the things of truth? And by the way, what exactly is truth?
In the nut shell, truth is everything that matches up perfectly, facts with reality. And in this universe God has put together many truths, like chemistry or physics. He put together things like the divine establishment principles of volition, marriage, authority, freedom, liberty, freedom through military victory, freedom of choice, nationalism and so forth. He put together truths like salvation by faith, spirituality by confession, spiritual construction by study and learning and application. He is truth. He is the one and only living God. He created truths like responsibility, accountability, obligation and charity and support. God put together truths like justice by law and fairness by its application.
God put together all of these truths and many more, and for every truth, there is an equal and opposite lie, which was authored by evil.
And when truth is mis-interpreted, and becomes the promotion of the lie, then that is when dysfunction and disorder begins to tear away at society and your individual life.
God honors truth. Truth is the content of the scriptures, which you learn through your daily study, but remember that truth is a vast body of knowledge. The Bible contains a limited number of words, verses, chapters and books, and can hardly be defined as vast. An encyclopedia has more content than the Bible.
But through your learning of doctrine, your eyes are opened up to the vast world of truth which you gain discernment of, indirectly through your daily study.
God prepared a spiritual apparatus by which your life can function as it was intended to function.
Salvation initiates that apparatus, by the creation of your human spirit.
Confession places you in fellowship, which allows the Holy Spirit to teach you and instruct you with doctrine, filtering content through your human spirit, and transferring it down into your soul, thus constructing your own personal fortress, your own personal temple, your own personal presence before God the Father.
This opens up your eyes, of understanding, opens up your ears of comprehension, opens up your life to a light that hides nothing.
This includes your knowledge of history, of your life, and how it all fits together. This all opens up your understanding to what is important and what is not. This places God first, doctrine first, the divine plan first and yourself last. This eliminates selfishness, self-centeredness, arrogance, poor me thinking, and places your entire self in Gods hands to allow Him to bring you to the point of victory, of which you can't even begin to imagine, but one day, will be overwhelmed with when you finally see the completion of your life.
This allows you to grow in faith and helps you to be able to manage and tolerate and live with whatever circumstances you have or will face in this life, because God will bring you to a better result.
So what is in your heart, what comes off the tip of your tongue, what is it that you really want, what is it that you really need? Something of your own design, or something of Gods design?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.