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Study

See what Caleb Colton says about the Study

“Whoever studies men only, acquires the body of knowledge without the soul; and whoever studies only books, the soul without the body. He who adds observation to what he sees, and reflection to what he reads, is on the right path of knowledge, provided that in probing the hearts of others, he does not neglect his own.” - Caleb Colton

The purpose of spiritual disciplines is the total transformation of people. They aim to replace old, destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits.

Study

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, to
that they may be able to experience and prove the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2

The mind is renewed by applying to it the things that transform it.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about it.”
Philippians 4:8

The discipline of study is the basic vehicle that leads us to occupy thought.

Many Christians remain subject to fears and anxieties simply because they do not benefit from the discipline of study.

“And they shall know the truth, and the truth shall make them free.” John 8:32

Without the knowledge of the truth, we will not be freed.

What is Study?

Study is a specific type of experience in which we take thought processes and move them in a certain direction. When we study a book, our thought processes take on an order that conforms to that of the book. When done with concentration, awareness and repetition, ingrained habits of thought are formed.

In the Old Testament - laws were written on the doors and doorposts of houses - with a focus on repetition so that the Word of God was grounded in minds.

In the New Testament - the laws written on the thresholds of the houses are written in the heart - when a concept is internalized it starts to change your way of thinking.

So what we study determines what kinds of habits should be formed.

What have you been studying? The social networks? The TV series? The sensationalist news? The gossip?

Meditation and study have a strong relationship because based on a certain knowledge you can develop your ability to meditate. Study provides a certain objective framework within which meditation can function successfully.

There are two types of studies: verbal and non-verbal.

[VERBAL]

4 steps of a study

We cannot confuse the accumulation of information with knowledge.

We study to acquire knowledge, knowledge must generate wisdom in us. When we understand, reflect and apply knowledge, we gain wisdom.

Some Rules

Intrinsic Rules - related to reading and studying a text

1st Reading - understanding the reading: “What is the author saying?”
2nd Reading - interpreting the reading: “What does the author mean?”
3rd Reading - evaluate the text: “Is the author right or wrong?”

In addition to the intrinsic rules, it is necessary to observe the extrinsic rules

Extrinsic rules - related to other sources and discussion.

The first and most important book we should study is the Bible, by the way, many of the techniques we use today come from the way of studying the Bible.

“With what shall a youth cleanse his way? Observing him according to your word. With all my heart I sought you; do not let me stray from your commandments. Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:9-11

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” i> 2 Timothy 3:16-17

When we go to the Holy Scriptures, we go to be transformed and not to accumulate information.

[NON-VERBAL]

It is the observation of the reality of things, in events and actions. The easiest place to start is nature.

We begin the study of nature by paying attention.

The Karamazov brothers, Dostoyevsky advised:

“Love all of God's creation, each and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love animals, love plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will see the divine mystery in things. Once the mystery is realized, you will be able to understand it better every day.”

Look at your common day-to-day relationships everywhere. Try to notice the things that control people. You are not interested in judging or even criticizing in a prejudiced way, but seeking to learn.

We need to seek to understand the things that control us.

Alexander Pope said:

“There is no study which is not capable of delighting us after a little application to it”

The study is worthy of our most serious effort.

“Father, I pray that You prepare us for an even greater devotion from each of us to live closer to You, prepare us for an impactful experience in our lives through Fasting - Amen”


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