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June 6, 2021 4:00 pm
Welcome to Man Talk, with your Hosts Will Hardy and Roy Jones Jr. This week, Will and Roy share tips and strategies that will help you when studying the Bible. They also share ways to help you retain what you've read.
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Sure, but most of all, thank you for listening and choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network welcome to man talk brought to you by T8 W CM is talking and walking Christian men's ministry where they're devoted to breaking down the walls of race accommodation and challenging men to take their God assigned as our host will Hardy and Roy Jones Junior, a black guy and a white guy well well well welcome back with highly favored by the grace good to me and I tell you if I was doing any better, I'd be in heaven while yeah and if you can see the smile will have to tested. He is speaking the truth just based on so you know pearly whites in love and in the main event not where Logan in the EAA (to the left. That's right, will you often times on the show we talk about men not being properly trained and that's part of our ministry's mission is to equip men right prepare them for their walk and prepare them in their life as it relates to the man of God and so weird deciding on the topic for the show and it came up that will allow talk of lesser weeks about how to study the Bible what you get out of the Bible and that if a pastor's perspective, it will want you just for our listeners yet. Often times, especially outside the modern-day Christian tend to put a little less emphasis on study and reading the word. Would you agree will absolutely Roy, you know, because I know people who born-again believers and they say well this is how I study the Bible I just can't take the Bible put it on it's in let it fall open an NS where I begin the study where I would not recommend that approach because it is a reason why say it is because we put time in planning trips to where we want to go right we we take time and planning will we eat where we want to go to eat, you know, going to go to bed have time to get up weekly plant. We plan all of that when we plan our day. Basically, so again I most important thing. Why can't we plan when it comes to the approach of the word God, why can't we. That's it well and you know what is procrastination. It's lack of intensity. I think it's the alien covered by the blood so you really don't need to worry about study part with her tomorrow. Absolutely and all of them really can't hold a grain of sand when it comes to when the enemy attempts to bring fiery dark stairway you know how many of those individuals can really stand when the enemy comes with fiery darts and he will come in half, and he will continue to come. That's right until you depart this life. So without proper preparation without proper guard then you can be more susceptible to injury if you will, and that would be spiritual injury or even physical injury because we know that things can happen is results not being obedient to God and if you certainly are paying attention something could go wrong so it still could go wrong much better prepared right absolutely deal with the storms when they do arrive, you always got have always Roy got to have the word of God in your heart.
It has to be in their name and if we we ever want to be warriors for Christ and attempt to send the enemy fling you know we always have have the word of God in our that's why. That's why James 47 says, resist the devil and he will flee.
That's a promise. If you resist him, he will flee, but you have to resist them with the thing that will make them flee, and I store God as what Jesus did and spoke the word Jesus would often say, as it is written, it was always going back to what was already written right and it was for the sake of man.
It was was because in the beginning was the word and where was with God and the word well God the same was in the beginning with the word and invoice verse 14 and we beheld his glory, the only begotten of the father socially. God, it give Jesus Christ God in the flesh. Jesus son of God use the word of God, then we can't defeat the enemy in the way. But not everybody by the word of God. It was modeled MD by the ultimate one who was well-equipped to not do it. That's exactly a man exactly so will you know it will use the book and that you heard the talk about this on Friday mornings and with our men certainly use this tool to assure been rereading it recently is how to study the Bible for yourself, but Tim LaHaye is been updated a couple times but your chapter to the starts with the chapter. What Bible study will do for you what Bible study will do for you first thing says it will make you a strong Christian absolutely and say without strength then the opposite of that is weakness. So if we don't study then we become weak as they were commanded study based on second Timothy 215, which we left quote which says study to show thyself approved on the God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
So that's where it starts.
We are commanded to study the word of God. You're exactly right will and even in this in this particular paragraph doctoral faces of the hundreds of spiritual failures.
I have counseled the thing they all had in common was the absence of the word in their daily lives. Absolutely and see we got have focus. That's the other thing to so in it and I blew Sharon for came on the air that I actually took a course and have studied Bible not several notes down from my old papers actually turn yellow that's got a little today except maybe estimates to us. But one thing that I pulled out from there it says when you study study when you're physically alert study when you're not interrupted study when you can concentrate on the Scripture study a little each day. Don't try to cram it all in there and think I am going read to three chapters. Why go to bed and and.
And the thing about it is as your reading but how much are you retaining right so as to be qualitative, not quantum at exactly that's what doctoral aces as little as 15 minutes a day will will get you on track and in number five. I wrote down here.
After you study to keep your self centrally focused good during the day so point number two in this first chapter of how the thing about preserve what Bible study will do for you as it will assure your salvation because you anchored in the word sure of your salvation based on the study and the promises of God right and you can't you can't be saved unless you hear the word Triton because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God and so we got here first.
It will give you number three will give you confidence in power in prayer and ask Romans 1017 and $0.11 against yet. It will give you confidence and power in prayer and and that's what we need more of you because winter we've always talked talked about lack of prayer life. And when you lack in your prayer life in a course that means ultimately that your prayers will be ineffective because we are probably just courting praying according to whatever situation is at the time, which which is mainly is when we get in trouble and then we follow my leaves our Lord help me get out of the situation that I put myself in and will you comprise spiritual counseling perspective as well that the lack of the word back to earlier point really does cause a lot of problems in Christian marriages, as well as those that are on the fence if you will make some commitment back in her life distort in the word like need absolutely and and not and if they are, then they're not doing it together or they're not doing it effectively. But in order for. I think that marriage to be silent. They have to they have to study the word of God together yes they do and pray together as we always dress pretty good ilk.
Number four will cleanse you from sin." The Scripture from first John 19 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So therefore we know their sins forgiven because when the word words tell us to the point it is very good to remove her head.
We know their sins are forgiven. If we confess it will give you point number five. It will give you joy. One of the blessings of Christian life is Jordan ultimate joy is stifled by the problems of life in all and I and that's good to because going back to that earlier appointment. You know what people say why should I have to ask for forgiveness if if my sins are forgiven, past, present and future.
Well, God would not have put it in the word to tell you to confess your sins so that you can repent of them. If he didn't mean you to do as right so yeah. And that goes back to daily daily and hourly. Whatever is needed.
Whatever is needed. Some some need a morning other sales are you are you looking at a are you feeling guilty about all these things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in my beautiful John 15 Levinson Jesus number six. It will produce peace in your life who can't usable more peace and absolutely because it it pieces that Jesus gives us pass all understanding. People don't understand why you can be peaceful in the midst of chaos. Yes, you know, because we see that going on in today's times in Proverbs 356 trust award for your heart, all your ways acknowledge him that yes he will will all day and number seven will in this section or two of how to study the Bible for yourself, but Tim LaHaye. It will guide you in making important decisions in life. Got you making important decisions in life. And the reason being is because everything that we need in order to live right before I just and holy God is in the Scripture because nothing is new under the sun.
Absolutely air. It's all been done so we have to recognize that whatever it is we do that we need to confess and I'll do what the word of God says, but you gotta get in there again to know what he says. So we we just can't arbitrarily just know what the Bible is in let it fall open and say I'm going to do this today.
You know that in that. That's not a good approach.
Leo talked about early stage of her many testimonies from the Wilson we know struggle this not just open the Bible and put my finger in there was this very Scripture that apply to my situation. In that moment soon and you know that might well be a whit where not making light of it, that know that we did that very well may be. If God call you to do that but what I what I mean is your approach to study right see you because you were talking about a specific instance that may have happened and sometimes I got it wet. But whereas if you if you use that method on a daily basis to study and try to build structure around.
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Number eight. It will enable you to our disability, for it will enable you to articulate your faith and see that I believe in and of itself gives us what God says and in first Peter two or 315 where he says, you know, just be prepared to give an answer to every man for the hope that lies within you, with meekness and fear. So we have to be able to defend what we believe and if we can do that they not ask because a select study and and also to share not just share for the person who has no knowledge of what the defense peace comes from those studies themselves come back to questions absolutely, but different defense is not necessarily mean you know if someone coming at you in a way will be right back. Got to TA WC MM would love to have you join their community of men for breakfast every first and third Friday of every month and Bible discussions and fellowship after the best breakfast in town meeting location is at their precious posterior First Christian Church encouraged 1130 N. Main St. encouraged him a hard start at 7 o'clock on a hard stop at 8 o'clock.
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Welcome back to man talk radio. We have been thinking of Brooke interrupts the will stalled. This will will take it right back up the point number nine in the second chapter here what I was saying before the break was, will you not necessarily getting into an argument with someone being able to defend the Faith is simply saying that I can speak to you in a constructive way and I can articulate to you in a way in which you can understand why I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and through his birth, death and resurrection that I am born again so to be able to articulate that plan of salvation if you will, to someone who may not know. So that's really defending not necessarily getting to some physical or verbal mental confrontation yeah but defense in my mind that what you said in second phase that is often times you will see your here and I had that happen have my sons conflict with people coming on well educated starts it will prove to me you should share with me how make you make your case of your of your faith, and so that's what you mean by defending you and then the person who's truly seeking answers. Who's the openhearted, open-minded, and that's the point we were just you were to share as well about sharing your faith in, and that the whole plan of salvation. So I think it's an excellent point exit points number not it will guarantee your success. Joshua wanted to Scripture he references this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may just observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success and a Manny, you know, Dr. Elmer town CT talks about the five finger approach when it comes to studying the Bible and some of things we talked about already. But he says the first thing you gotta do is hearing and that's Romans course 1017, so then faith comes by hearing hearing by the word of God then you gotta read it in any E sites first Timothy 413, and where Timothy Gibeon, Arlena Paul give instructions to Timothy to say continue in reading the Scripture and exhortation of the Scripture until I come. So he was giving young. The young pastor some instruction on on what to do.
Continue to read the word of God to the people and exhort them in in that way and then number three study in the course. We talked about to second Timothy 215 study in the show yourself approved any talks about memory. Then he goes to Psalms 1 1911 and east of where it talks about your word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you. And so the hiding of the word in your heart says that I want to remember the word, so I want to memorize your word and eyes as I do that I'm hiding it in my heart so when I needed I can go in and withdraw from the word that's been deposited in my heart and then he goes on to talk about memory and in meditation. So in the amount Psalms 12 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, that I will meditate on him day and night.
So again the meditation is keeping the word of God in front of you so that you will always be ready to when needed to withdraw from that account that you deposit in and and and quench those fiery darts of things going on at you, so men and women. The listing, but men lower word here with you.
Let's let's take a break and produce a second pause and ask yourself, really putting time into the word in will consist of this. Most guys that we deal with and work with ever have the blessing be in fellowship with their honest dilatation. If they're not in their everyday most and so that speaks, generally speaking, a probably across the nation's statistics pretty much hold true as we learned from the bond studies in several things impressive. Ask yourself, in the word regularly. So if you are honest with yourself and answers no, then let's talk about how to change because you tomorrow is not guaranteed. As we talked about the past and we all know that and look at the opportunities missed opportunities to fellowship with the father first and second the impact that you could have in your community and home church in your workplace or being well-equipped word and understanding how it all fits together.
A man in and the best thing I think a person can do for their spiritual health, which will translate into their natural health is to be saturated with the word of God and let the word of God direct and lead instead of us who say we are born again start operating you know from our mental faculties and say you know I can do this on my own because I got the capacity to do it.
I've done it before and so it's all about.
I me me me, my, my, my, instead of the God who made you who were able to give you the ability to do what all this stuff? Yes so you know when we leave God out of it. In other we will utterly going to fall.
You may succeed on some things, but utterly what's going to happen is God's will start chastening and if you don't listen or understand when that chastening is happening and is going to happen a little bit harder and we only wondering Lord to seem like I'm putting all this time and effort into you, and yet I'm getting nowhere to see that's that's God saying there's something there that you need to go back and do what first John 19 says you know you need to go ahead and confess and repent of this thing, because this is what's holding you back from the blessing you so will it comes to my we think about the absence of the word of God in the believer's life, and then we also think about it. In the absence of the marketplace in our schools. Your will is at 6263.
That took care of the schools took the Bible just since it pulled all that out said no more right and so look at all the trends and I think what's happened, even in this respect is our probably our hunger for the world. Word has probably fall that same trail right that same curve that we taken it out of the schools kids are now impacted and guided by a lack of moral guidance. No spiritual goddesses in schools now sudden if the children aren't asking about it at home. What happens parents are focused on the children benefits are, goes away, and the conversation what was to be stimulated at school is now no longer part of the family conversation from school back home and all the trends were seen the crimes the going rate murders. The all the various things lack of morality is to skyrocket in the last 60 years because you have children, they want to be included in I did so when when you exclude them and I remember as a boy growing up there some things that went on in the household and and my mother would say you kids get outside now you know those grown folks talking and had gone outside and play. You know, and I was thinking about some of the times may be to where we miss because they were be having prayer meeting in there and then they will say what you kids.
You don't understand was going on anyway but I look at that time and I said how much of that could have cultivated me, you know that growing up and asked not to say I didn't get it elsewhere but I'm just talking about the times where I didn't get it right, you know, and where those were just missed opportunities.
But then I think about the children who didn't have in the household at all and all right and seeing what what becomes their model is other kids the street and TV that becomes their model so they look and see what they see on TV. They see what other kids I don't know I'm stuff They're doing their age. You know or did they listen to other kids parents and see what they're doing and then all of a sudden you know they're taking this deep dive off the edge of a cliff because that them is normal. That's what's expected right support what we want to discuss two is also how to read the Bible and we got just a few moments here on this sugar will continued on next week shows well but how to actually read the Bible and by this.
We talk about the of the time to put in. How often should you read. So the first thing that Dr. Hayes tells his RC need to get the habit of reading daily and likely talk to just a few moments ago needs to be qualitative or quantitative. He actually suggests will and you can test this but 15 minutes a day of actual reading time. Then you take a few more minutes to do some of the other components which will talk about that actually 15 minutes a day.
And if you're in and what they want to say before we get into this piece is that for sure listener that you pray before you read that you asked the father to come into your presence and to show you through the word what it is that he wants you to gain from that day that time in the and this will said be delivered.distorted openness. Okay, this muscular system that governs a great question. What I start well I would say first. John will be a great place start.read and go to John and then moved to the rest the Gospels and will you may have another thought, yeah, that's a great way to start because it's if you're a follower of Christ until it starts in the whole journey. It all begins. Absolutely first second third John and then the book of St. John and as you stated, through the rest of the Gospels, and then from there I would recommend go to acts because acts is more of where it is, is not moral but it is a narrative, so it's almost like told in a story form. And that's what narrative does so when when people go to the word of God they can understand, especially if you use a modern translation of the Bible and you can see how God worked in the lives of the apostles Peter and Paul, Barnabas and all those guys during the time and and during the time of Paul's missionary journeys. Will you but you make a good point there about whatever translation using but the what translation should a listener, well I think it depends on the listener, but there are some translations that I would would not recommend an just for reasons because they are basically commentaries. They're not direct translations of the of the Bible. So I would stay away from like the message Bible or like the living Bible is another point because these these Bibles are basically commentaries and you getting those commentaries from a person's perspective so versus the workforce translation such as like the King James new King James. The new American Standard version and the revised standard version. These are mostly word for word translated well and then see her once he would recommend folks in life applications.
Both of those versions of the study. Study Bob contained quotes.
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