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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 30:11


11 Thou hast turned [haphak] for me my mourning [micepd] into dancing [machowl]: thou hast put off [pathach] my sackcloth [saq], and girded ['azar] me with gladness [simchah];  KJV-Interlinear


11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;  NASB


Your mental health is dependent entirely on the content of your soul. And, there are two sources of content that affect your soul. The first source is the world, both academic and experiential, and the second is spiritual.

The world or temporal content, enters directly into your soul forming your thoughts and memories and knowledge and such.

The second, or spiritual content, enters into your soul by means of the Holy Spirit, but only when you are in fellowship, and is filtered through your human spirit, and when believed or accepted, is entered into your soul to form the building material for the spiritual structure within your soul that gives you discernment, insight, a lens through which you can see the truth of life clearly, and becomes the foundation for the spiritual fortress, temple, mansion structure within your soul. Review the soul charts for each of the believer in and out of fellowship, as well as the unbeliever, from the charts menu in the online charts library on the bible study.

This lays the groundwork for your spiritual production and the buildup of your spiritual muscle, namely faith.

With world only content, your life is dependent on world views. And since the world lacks a spiritual view, then all world views are skewed and distorted and incomplete, subject to interpretational errors. Your life becomes a roller coaster subject to the circumstances of life. If things are good, then you are up. If things are bad, then you are down. And so goes your emotional instabilities of life.

Spiritual content provides a stabilizing force within your soul, a cleansing mechanism with which you can discern the truth from the false. Spiritual content gives you growth, real growth, orientation, real orientation to life and everything around you.

Therefore, when the circumstances of life bring mourning or grief or bereavement or anxieties or pressures of any kind into your life, then doctrine in your soul stabilizes them and brings you a relaxed mental attitude, a contentment, and poise, from which you can endure the bad of the world and still focus on and enjoy the good and the glad of the spiritual side of life.

After all, the world is temporary, and the spiritual is permanent and eternal.

With doctrine, the mourning and grieving of life can be turned into happiness and comfort. The sackcloth or state of misery and sorrow can be turned into contentment and understanding.

But, you have to learn doctrine in order to know it, and you have to know doctrine in order to utilize it in your daily life.

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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.

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