It's Not Just My Interpretation
Some of us compartmentalize our lives. We imagine that obedience to God's Word in one area means we have obeyed in other areas. Others of us rationalize. For example, one common rationalization is the "many-interpretation" theory - that Scripture is subject to so many interpretations we cannot really know what it means. This is especially convenient when we do not like what it says! But, the fact is God's Word is generally clear. Usually, it's painfully clear. As Mark Twain once said, "It's not what I don't understand about the Bible that bothers me; it's what I do understand!"
Success, then, comes when we faithfully study God's Word and faithfully obey it, applying what we understand to all areas of our lives under the direction of the Holy Spirit. A growing knowledge of the Bible matched by a growing obedience is the path to faithfulness and success.
--- Kent and Barbara Hughes in Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, p. 40