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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.

Psalm 26:11


11 But as for me, I will walk [yalak] in mine integrity [tom]: redeem [padah] me, and be merciful [chanan] unto me. KJV-Interlinear


11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; Redeem me, and be gracious to me.  NASB


There are two patterns of life that you can live by in this world. The first pattern of course is living by the word of God. That doesn’t mean a self-righteous snippy snooty type of attitude towards anyone else, or a holier than thou type of attitude. What it does mean, is that you are obedient to the mandates that are stated in the Bible, and you live a normal decent responsible life, with the standards from the Bible serving as your foundation for how you live in life.

And those standards apply only to believers in Christ, who are to follow the mandates of God, which begin with confession, repeated as often as is necessary in one’s daily life in order to live in the spiritual sphere, which is where your spiritual life functions. Next is to pursue a daily study of Bible doctrine, which helps you stay focused on the God side of life and not on the worldly side of life. And the daily study while in fellowship, serves as the academic environment in which you learn and understand and grow up in your spiritual life and spiritual preparation for both now and all of eternity.

The spiritual life is faith based on confidence established through wisdom which is developed from understanding that is constructed from knowledge which is learned from a daily study of the word of God.

The spiritual life is not pretense, not phony, not a self-righteous air about oneself, not looking down at the floor in superficial humility or shuffling of one’s feet, and certainly not the use of pious rhetoric so as to impress or prove to others, one spiritual status.

Impressing people or proving to people that you have some form of spiritual legitimacy, is not a part of the biblical mandates. The only person that will evaluate your spiritual life is God, and he evaluates you based on the content of your soul, not the outward display of your looks or actions.

The second pattern of life, which most people in this world follow, is simply anything and everything that excludes the spiritual life.

The second pattern of life is the worldly pattern. All unbelievers live by this pattern of life. All believers who are not obedient to the mandates described in the Bible, live this worldly pattern. And any pattern of life that excludes biblical discernment and understanding, is a pattern based on arbitrary standards, compromised standards, politically correct or a socially acceptable standards, all of which can change in a heartbeat as their popularity and acceptance in society dictates.

The worldly pattern of life is a filler pattern. It provides volume in history, but is temporary, and ends when life ends.

The result of following a worldly pattern means no blessing or reward from God.

And when David stated that he did not want to be numbered or associated with people who follow and live by the worldly pattern of life, he is meaning that he does not want to be included in the type of evaluation that those people are going to receive in life.

Worldly people are losers. And David does not want to be associated with losers.

Those who follow the spiritual pattern are winners. And that is where David wants to be, and that is where we all should be.

To walk in my integrity, as David states here in this verse, is not a reference to human integrity or human righteousness, for those terms are really worldly terms that attempt to place justification on human effort.

Integrity which is legitimate, comes only from God. And the only way a person can acquire that legitimate integrity is to learn it, and come into possession of it, when it is installed into ones soul by means of a daily study of Bible doctrine.

Redeem me, when one is already a believer in Christ, does not refer to the original redemption of salvation, but is a reference to a purchasing out of, or a separation from, the worldly views of life. And God does this when you learn doctrine. The transformation of your soul through the learning of truth and subsequent spiritual growth serve as the redemption process out of, and away from, worldly views and attitudes and opinions and beliefs.

Mercy is grace in action. Gods policy is grace, which is God’s favor bestowed on the individual. God’s favor is God’s promise, and mercy is Gods action on that promise.

If you follow the spiritual pattern of life in the correct manner, then the actions of the world are impotent, and the actions of God are permanent.

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