Don't lose what you have learned from your study of the Bible and what you have proven. Hold fast to God's way of life.
[Darris McNeely] I've come to the end of a list of tips about having successful Bible study. Today I wanna talk about the last one in this series, number 12. And what I'm talking about in this one is, after we study my topics, we read the entire Bible through in a reading program. We take notes. We pray. We seek counsel. We think deeply about the Word of God. We live it and we even prove it.
Hold fast. Hold on to what you learned in the truth. Hold fast or hold strong, tight, and sure to what God says, to the way of life that you begin to prove to be God's way and God's truth. Don't let anything detract from that. Don't let anything cause you to veer off onto another way of life. Don't forget what you've learned. Don't lose what you have learned and what you have proven by your life. Hold fast.
We are susceptible in our world today to so many different distractions. So many temptations that can take us away from God, from His Word, from His way of life, and back into a way of sin. Bible study continually should lead us into a frame of mind of all that we've talked about, but also encourage us to hold on through the years of our lives, to do so. There's a parable in Matthew Chapter 13 that talks about this proclivity of human beings and the way the Word of God works. It says that, Matthew 13 holds a parable of what is called the parable of the sower and the seed (Matthew 13:1-23 Matthew 13:1-23  The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
 And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
 Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred times, some sixty times, some thirty times.
 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?
 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
 Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.
 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;
 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, by and by he is offended.
 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundred times, some sixty, some thirty.
American King James Version×). And the sower are those who spread the gospel, the seed is the gospel itself as it falls into the lives, hearts and minds of people. And it talks about the fact that in one of those instances, the seed of the gospel that is placed into the people's lives, that they begin to read, learn and obey, can actually, by a different combination of effects, be taken away. The busyness of life. The cares of this life. The interests of this world. Even Satan can cause through various means, the truth that can take root in a person's life, to be snatched out. To be taken away. We have to be diligent. We have to be faithful. We have to be looking to God. We have to hold fast. Every day. Every season of our life. We do that. make that determination. That all that we learn, all that we put to practice, all that becomes then the fabric of our life when it comes to righteousness in the way of life that is godly, can be embedded and cause us to hold on, and to endure to the end. The scripture says that he who endures to the end, the same shall be saved.
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