Rightly Divide The Word Of Truth

Written by Stephen Kingery

Have you ever noticed how prolific isrepparttar tendency to misinterpret God's word. If you watch very much religious programming on television, you will soon notice that some very basic scriptural truths are not being interpretedrepparttar 140933 same by everyone who clams to preachrepparttar 140934 Word of God. If you studyrepparttar 140935 beliefs ofrepparttar 140936 major denominations you will also see that there is not agreement as torepparttar 140937 proper interpretation of essential scriptures dealing with salvation. How can this be if we serverepparttar 140938 same God? How can this be if we read fromrepparttar 140939 same Holy Scriptures?

I think thatrepparttar 140940 Holy Spirit knew there would be a tendency for men to teach their own opinions instead of scriptural truth. Why else would there be over three hundred denominations and more than a thousand lesser "ism" in existence today who claim to be Christian. The Holy Spirit led Paul to write to Timothy concerning correct interpretation ofrepparttar 140941 scriptures: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividingrepparttar 140942 word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

Is it really necessary for there to be one interpretation ofrepparttar 140943 scriptures? And if so, who's right? We believe that there should be unity and uniformity in such matters asrepparttar 140944 deity of Jesus Christ,repparttar 140945 plan of salvation,repparttar 140946 infallibility ofrepparttar 140947 Bible as God's word and principles of Christian conduct. Onrepparttar 140948 other hand there should be liberty in non-essential matters dealing with aspects of our Christian lives which are not specifically dealt with in scripture.

Who's right? Wouldn't it be great if there was some form of litmus test for truth that we could use. A test that would register "right" or "wrong" when a preacher on TV, radio, or even in our churches interprets God's word for us? Unfortunately, for many Christians, there is no such test. But knowingrepparttar 140949 truth is so very important. Is it possible for us to search outrepparttar 140950 truth among all that is being taught underrepparttar 140951 banner of Christianity? I think so, and Jesus teaches that we can, "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall knowrepparttar 140952 truth, andrepparttar 140953 truth shall make you free.'" (John 8:31,32) Jesus gives usrepparttar 140954 answer to this dilemma, "abide in My word." We must be a person who seeksrepparttar 140955 truth through honest, sincere, effective Bible study. However, there are some key ingredients necessary forrepparttar 140956 person who sincerely seeksrepparttar 140957 truth.

First, and foremost, our allegiance must be to Jesus Christ. Our allegiance cannot be to a denominational structure; local congregation; specific minister, Sunday School teacher, elder, deacon, or some other person; our favorite TV or radio evangelist; or even a particular translation ofrepparttar 140958 Bible. It must be Jesus Christ and His word that we give all our love and devotion. We must have an undying love for Him and a deep abiding desire for scriptural truth. We must hunger and thirst forrepparttar 140959 righteousness which scriptural truth produces. Jesus promised that if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we shall receive it: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) He also promised that if we seek, we shall find: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)

The second key ingredient for effectively seeking and finding scriptural truth is prayer. If we are to haverepparttar 140960 scriptures opened to us so that we may discernrepparttar 140961 truths contained in them, then we must go torepparttar 140962 Lord in prayer and ask for His guidance and direction in our studies. James tells us in his epistle, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5) It is rather ridiculous for us to assume that we can studyrepparttar 140963 word of God without first asking for His divine guidance in that study. And then we must allow God to speak to us through His word.

We must studyrepparttar 140964 Bible in a logical systematic way. There are those that say thatrepparttar 140965 average person cannot read and understandrepparttar 140966 Bible, that it is too complicated. Brothers and sisters, that is just not so. For any man to say that is slanderous to God. Why would God deliberately make His word difficult for His people (whom He loves dearly) to understand. I have a daughter whom I love dearly. There are times when I must give her commands or instructions so she can know what I expect her to do at given times or under certain circumstances. Would I make those commands and instructions so difficult to understand that she could not possibly comply with my wishes? If I did, and she was not able to comply with my wishes, whose fault would it be, hers or mine? It is just not conceivable that our Heavenly Father would treat us in that fashion.

There are others who say thatrepparttar 140967 scriptures can mean different things to different people. That it is all in how you look at it. I have a friend who told me once that she believes that God is big enough to be whatever she wants Him to be. Are we really to believe that our all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God would give us His word in such a manner as this? I hardly think so! My response to my friend was, "I believe that God is big enough to be what He says He is." Truth does not mean a multiplicity of different things. If it did, then it would not be truth.

Daily, or at least weekly, Bible study is important. We cannot study God's word one day, and then allow days or weeks to go by without continuing that study, and expect to gain any knowledge from our study. We must have a regular Bible study if we are to obtainrepparttar 140968 wisdom James was speaking about. Nor can we hop-scotch all overrepparttar 140969 Bible reading a verse here and a verse there and expect to get anything out ofrepparttar 140970 study. We certainly would not read a novel, a newspaper or magazine article, or anything else in that fashion. Our Bible study should be systematic and planned. There are several methods we can employ to studyrepparttar 140971 Bible. We can study by: chapters, paragraphs, verses, words, topics, or through biography. The important thing is to have a plan of how you are going to studyrepparttar 140972 Bible, then followrepparttar 140973 plan.

The Lord Is My Provider

Written by Walter Kambulow

The Lord Is My Provider The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me besiderepparttar still waters.He restores my soul; He leads me inrepparttar 140866 paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3 Blessrepparttar 140867 LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Blessrepparttar 140868 LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed likerepparttar 140869 eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5 For those who trust inrepparttar 140870 LORD He isrepparttar 140871 all sufficient One, including their provider and healer. In Psalm 23 we findrepparttar 140872 seven names of God: 1.JEHOVAH-RA 2.JEHOVAH-JIREH 3.JEHOVAH-SHALOM 4.JEHOVAH- TSIDKNELL 5.JEHOVAH-NISSI 6.JEHOVAH-RAPHEGA 7.JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH In verse we have The Lord is My Shepherd- "SHEPHERD"-JEHOVAH-RA (Jehovahrepparttar 140873 Shepherd). Ifrepparttar 140874 Lord is our shepherd, then we own this Psalm 23 as ours. And as our LORD He forgives all our iniquities, heals all our diseases, redeems our life from destruction, crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies, and satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed likerepparttar 140875 eagle's. Whenrepparttar 140876 Lord is our Shepherd, we don't lack in anything. HE is our Provider - JEHOVAH-JIREH. God’s word is true: Then they came torepparttar 140877 place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placedrepparttar 140878 wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him onrepparttar 140879 altar, uponrepparttar 140880 wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and tookrepparttar 140881 knife to slay his son. Butrepparttar 140882 Angel ofrepparttar 140883 LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." And He said, "Do not lay your hand onrepparttar 140884 lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and tookrepparttar 140885 ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham calledrepparttar 140886 name ofrepparttar 140887 place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "Inrepparttar 140888 Mount of The LORD it shall be provided." Genesis 22:9-14 Whatever we need God will provide. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? We shall not want… JEHOVAH-JIREH (JEHOVAH is our Provider). When we knowrepparttar 140889 Lord as our 'Shepherd' He will be our provider, all sufficient-one. Therefore, we shall not lack or want anything because nothing is impossible with God And because JEHOVAH- SHALOM, The-LORD-Is-Peace, He makes us to lie down in green pastures; He leads us besiderepparttar 140890 still waters. The sheep are very happy. Lying down in Green pastures and still waters (not turbulent waters) all speak of peaceful conditions. God’s word tells us that Isreal was in turbulent condition. The Midianites surrounded them. At that time, they cried. God gave a deliverer called 'GIDEON'. The Word of God records: Thenrepparttar 140891 LORD said to him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die." So Gideon built an altar there torepparttar 140892 LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah ofrepparttar 140893 Abiezrites. Judges 6:23-24 'Behold,repparttar 140894 days are coming,' saysrepparttar 140895 LORD, 'that I will perform that good thing which I have promised torepparttar 140896 house of Israel and torepparttar 140897 house of Judah: 'In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness inrepparttar 140898 earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this isrepparttar 140899 name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.' Jeremiah 33:14-16 The American Heritage Dictionary definesrepparttar 140900 word “saved” as: Save v. saved, sav•ing, saves. --tr. 1.a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss. b. To set free fromrepparttar 140901 consequences of sin; redeem. 2. To keep in a safe condition; safeguard. 3. To preventrepparttar 140902 waste or loss of; conserve. Yes, Jesus Christ is our Salvation and He rescues us from harm, danger or loss, He keeps us in a safte condition and preventsrepparttar 140903 waste or loss of things for us as we abide underrepparttar 140904 shadow ofrepparttar 140905 Almighty.God’s word is true: He who dwells inrepparttar 140906 secret place ofrepparttar 140907 Most High Shall abide underrepparttar 140908 shadow ofrepparttar 140909 Almighty. I will say ofrepparttar 140910 LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you fromrepparttar 140911 snare ofrepparttar 140912 fowler And fromrepparttar 140913 perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:1-4 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread uponrepparttar 140914 lion andrepparttar 140915 cobra, The young lion andrepparttar 140916 serpent you shall trample underfoot. "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." Psalm 91:10-16

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