Monday, April 24 2017
The Apostle Paul writing to his son in the faith pens the following:
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Other versions are translated as:
2 Timothy 2:15 CEV
Do your best to win God's approval as a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed and who teaches only the true message.
2 Timothy 2:15 AMPC
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.
2 Timothy 2:15 GNT
Do your best to win full approval in God's sight, as a worker who is not ashamed of his work, one who correctly teaches the message of God's truth.
The Greek word that the Apostle Paul uses that is translated to "rightly dividing" in the King James Version is "orthotomeo." Strongs's Concordance defines it as, "to make a straight cut, that is to dissect correctly."
In my mind, we are to "dissect" the Word of God with the skill of a surgeon. When we become sloppy with the scripture we can risk losing our bearing and falling off the path. The Psalmist wrote so beautifully:
Psalm 119:105 KJV
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
What if we begin allowing non-truths or opinions to creep into our lives. We can start making poor dissections into the Word. There are many that have the core doctrine. We preach "truth", but we allow things to creep into our thoughts and minds that can remove us from the blessings of God. My dad (and pastor) said that we cannot have "cafeteria - style religion" by picking up those things that only look good and leave behind the difficult doctrines and principles.
Deuteronomy 28:2-14 KJV
 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord ; and they shall be afraid of thee.  And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them :
 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Postion yourself for a blessing through obedience to the Word. It is necessary to study the Word and find what God is trying to tell you, but be sure to make straight cuts with the skill of a surgeon and not the sloppiness of a novice. It could be the difference of living blessed and living cursed.