2 Timothy 2:15-16 (AMP) 15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
As you will notice in the opening scripture, we have to read and study the Word of God but – we also have to interpret it correctly. That’s called rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You see, it’s not just reading the Word, you also have to listen to the Holy Spirit as to what God is actually saying.
This is a paradigm shift for some of us who like to do word studies, using our concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries. Along with these tools, we must listen intently to the Holy Spirit’s leading into the Truth of God’s Word.
Studying God’s Word is different from studying other subject matter, where you basically read and learn what the author is saying. The reason for the difference is because God’s Word is spirit. It comes from the spirit realm because it comes from God, Who is a Spirit! And we need the Holy Spirit to help our interpretation.
John 4:24 (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This might seem like it’s a tall order but remember that the Holy Spirit is your Best Teacher and He will surely lead you the right way. Our part is to listen with our hearts and obey. It’s that simple.
But, first things first. You absolutely must get into God’s Word so that the Holy Spirit has something to lead you with. You can’t just make up things in your head and hope that God will go along with it.
His Word is awesome and we should pray that we have a love of His Word so that we can learn of Him and be all that He has ordained us to be. And then we can live a victorious life worth living on planet earth.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:16 (AMP) 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
John 14:26 (KJV) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.