If we try and pick out a few from this list, and follow them, without taking them all, we will only receive 'in-part' results. If we desire to walk in the fullness of God, He requires that we partake of ALL HIS instructions. Remember our example; Jesus walked in absolute obedience to all that Father spoke... we can certainly do no less. When we are looking into things that pertain to the Spirit, we cannot expect to receive them with our carnal understanding. "Spirit is spirit, and flesh is flesh," John 3:6.
All too often when we read God's Word, we tend to think we already know what we are reading. We should approach the Word with humility and reverent anticipation. We may have whole chapters committed to memory, yet not have understanding. We should ask the Holy Spirit to open our inner eyes, and give us fresh and new insight into what we are reading. That we might be fed and grow from the Word of God each and every time we read it. We should remember how very fortunate and privileged we are to have the Bible? and the freedom to study as we desire. We may not always have this privilege. As we study God's Word with an open heart, we will gain new insight and understanding of how it all fits together.
Men have taken the same Word, and divided it, taken verses out of context, twisted their meanings to accommodate their own doctrines and agendas. In this country alone we have literally hundreds of denominations, sect, cults, branches and offshoots, all claiming the same thing... That they are right and everyone else is wrong. Obviously this cannot be. When the Bible doesn't make sense, or seems to contradict itself, it is because it is being read with the carnal, natural mind.
Without the Holy Spirit... we will never fully grasp the secrets contained therein. We can see from the above verses in Proverbs... how rich and full of instruction just a short passage can be. How it is fluid, and connected, and all parts of the whole. Without any one of the parts... it does not work. We cannot pick and choose some parts as being what we would like to believe and embrace, while excluding others that are more difficult or hold less appeal for whatever reason. They don't work that way. We cannot become a full stature son of God, walking in power and authority, if we refuse to meet each and every requirement the LORD has set before us. It will never happen. Some of the requirements Jesus gave fall into the category of 'hard sayings,'... both to hear and to understand. An example of this is found in Luke 14:26-27,33:
"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
We see from just these 3 verses, that there are stipulations and requirements to be a disciple of Jesus. Some men have said we just have to accept the free gift of salvation and that's all we have to do (besides come to church and pay our tithes regularly). It would seem that perhaps we would be wise to look a lot deeper into our beliefs than just what we have been told. There is so much more to be found in our walk... there is so much more to learned and experienced. Failing to do so will have lasting repercussions. Jesus emphatically said that failure to do these things will mean that we cannot be His disciple. These are pretty strong statements. With all such weighty words, we should be very cautious. The first thing most do is start 'reasoning.' "O, He doesn't really mean literally..."
When we are seeking to know God and find the truth, the Word tells us that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. But we must seek to find it, as if searching for silver or gold. God wants to give good gifts to His children. We need to learn what He requires of us that we may receive.
Consider the comparison with our own children. We love them and want to give them a good life. But what parent is going to give the car keys to their child, when the child has had no drivers training, and can?t even see over the steering wheel or reach the pedals? We are the children of God. And not unlike our own offspring, we very often think we are much farther along than we really are. I recently had my grandchildren for a visit, and cannot count how many times I heard "I know, I know." This is from 4 and 6 year olds. They think they know a lot of things that they really know nothing about. Our walk with God is progressive. We should all be continually growing. We will never know it all, as long as we are in these mortal bodies. The treasures and riches of God are always expanding and unfolding in new and deeper revelations. Our lives are a reflection of just how much truth we really know and are walking in. That is why it is such a joy every time we see something we thought we already knew in a whole new light and way. It adds to our growth. I pray that we may all start looking at the scriptures in a new way, as if we had never seen them before. That the Spirit may open our understanding... that we may begin to find the riches they contain and by the same Holy Spirit partake of them, thus enriching our lives. The scriptures contain all of the answers we are looking for. If we desire and seek after it, we will become fully equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.