Proverbs 1:5 "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.: (English Standard Version)
Philippians 4:9 "What you have learned and received and heard and seen in Me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." (English Standard Version)
2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son."
2 Timothy 3:7 "Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the Truth." (English Standard Version)
What do these verses have in unity? Learning without practical application (knowledge and understanding) has no value. What we learn in the teachings of the Gospels and the Bible must be applied to practical use in our life to have the proof of them. So many people today are learning and studying and are continual students but have no fruit of content of what they learn to show the value and reward in their lives. What good is that? I want to know how all this information you are sharing with me, works. I want to know what the benefit of the information will be to me in my life.
We are so quick to learn but so lazy to apply. To apply all our learning requires perseverance and purpose, not giving up, overcoming challenges and obstacles, faithfulness, trusting God when it seems foolish to do so and their seems to be no way. We, as Believers in Christ Jesus, are to be a peculiar people who are set apart from the ways and understandings of the world and show proof of our faith by holding onto what we have learned and proving it out in our daily walk of life. Don't give up! Don't be overwhelmed. Don't lose faith and don't lose your confidence in Christ. The reward is tremendous! Purpose to set yourself under discipleship/mentorship and live what you are learning.
Proverbs 5:12 "You will say, 'How I hated discipline (discipleship)! How my heart spurned correction!"
Hebrews 10:35 "So do not throw away your confidence (in Christ); it will be richly rewarded."
- Pastor Sandra Matheson