September 17, 2019 by directorfsm
Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life:
Prayer: Proverbs 16:3
Study: Psalm 119:11
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (ESV)
En mi corazón he guardado tus dichos,
para no pecar contra ti. (RVR 1995)
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6
Have you ever gotten sick, beyond the common cold? I am going to assume if you are human 🙂 that you have at some point and the doctor has probably prescribed antibiotics to kill bacteria.
Well God’s word is an “Antibiotic for the Soul.”¹ Whenever we are in anyway sick (not content, ill at ease with life, dealing with temptations, the list goes on) it is God’s word that is the most powerful medicine we have against all of that.
Some folks seem to think you can just snap your fingers (like some magical genie) or recite a Bible verse (like some mystical incantation) and that is it, God is required to come to the rescue. Oh really y’all found that in the Bible? No the bible is pretty specific, as we learned yesterday it is only through Prayer and then IF it be God’s Will does he respond.
So how do we get to the point where we are praying for the things that are in God’s will and as importantly protecting us from all of life’s distractions and temptations so we are Biblically Content.
We must Study Scripture and approach it with a right attitude believing:
- All Scripture is Valuable to God and therefore to man (Ps 19:9-10, 2 Tim 3:16) Gold, Silver and such have no value in comparison to the riches of the Word of God. Profitable for all man’s needs in learning.
- Studying is NOT Reading; anyone can read the bible but study takes time. patience and diligence. One must seek out answers and not take for granted the ones transmitted by others (Acts 17:11) even those standing in the pulpit.
- We must not study with preconceived ideas, or bias. What I mean by this is simply every time you open God’s word expect to be enlightened, pray for God to show you something new, to expand your knowledge base that dose of antibiotics if yo will. If we go into studies hoping to find agreement with what we already believe to be true we all to often miss out on the truths God has to reveal. (2 Tim 2:7)
- We must ask the right questions:
- What does the text say, question the text, Literary Context
- Context (Historical), context (Linguistic) , context (Theological)
- Learn the Text; The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How are all critical
- What is the main point of the Text; what was the intent at time of the writing target audience and message
- Is it applicable today (not everything is), to me personally and if so how
- Where is Christ in this passage is it (the Word) leading us closer to Him, if not we need further study
- We Must begin with and end each study with PRAYER: (John 16:13) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Christ promised us a helper, the Holy Spirit the third person of the Triune Godhead, what king of fools would we have to be to not want that kind of assistance?
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