The Importance Of Personal Study
As individual believers we have a responsibility to do personal study. The knowledge we gain from personal study is the thing that is going to make the difference in our daily walk with God.
The Bible in the book of Proverbs:
Pro_4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
The Bible also says in the book of James
Jas 1:5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him.
Therefore Wisdom is a gift from God that you can ask more of, however knowledge and understand is something that you have to proactively seek out.
So many Christians plead ignorance in certain areas and think that is ok, but it is not ok we should be growing all the time in our daily walk with God.
A sobering portion of scriptures is when the Bible describes Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey:
Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
Luk 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luk 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
The children of Israel had the scriptures, which had the prophesies of the Messiah and how he would enter into the temple. The spiritual leaders had the responsibility to know this and even though they read the scriptures, they missed it.
We cannot read the Bible like a normal book, we have to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us as we study.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We are coming into the season of Christmas and where as it is a good time where we can remind the world that at a point in time the creator of the universe came into our experience to save us, it is also a time where a lot of negative things are carried out under the banner of Christianity.
Most people who study are aware that Jesus was not born on the 25th of December, but we do not have to get hang up on the date and the origins of the date, because it is another opportunity to tell the world about the ultimate love story demonstrated by our creator. However there is a danger that if we are ignorant to certain things, we can get caught up in the spirit of this season, which we see evident all around us at this time of the year.
However God has given us the ability to discern or recognize what is of him and what is not so we do not get caught up in anything that will be detrimental to our spiritual growth. However if we never study his word to understand what he likes and does not like, we will never know and then we go back to pleading ignorance.
1Co 2:11 Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner spirit? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God’s Spirit.
1Co 2:12 Now, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we can understand the things that were freely given to us by God.
1Co 2:13 We don’t speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.
1Co 2:14 A person who isn’t spiritual doesn’t accept the things of God’s Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can’t understand them because they are spiritually evaluated
Parallel Business Principals
A person needs to understand that in order to be successful in building their Reliv business, it is going to take personal growth. They have to understand the business model so they do the right activity.
So many people in our business plead ignorance and wonder why they are not having success. Then the easiest thing to do is to blame something else other than their lack of knowledge in certain areas.
If you are building your own empire, you have a responsibility to learn and gain the necessary skills needed to be successful.
Understand the day of your visitation and act accordingly.
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