Wednesday 26 February, 2014

2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 But you know all about my teaching. You know how I live and what I live for. You know about my faith and love. You know how patient I am. You know I haven’t given up. 11 You know that I was treated badly. You know that I suffered greatly. You know what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. You know how badly I have been treated. But the Lord saved me from all of my troubles. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be treated badly. 13 Evil people and pretenders will go from bad to worse. They will fool others, and others will fool them. 14 But I want you to continue to follow what you have learned. Don’t give up what you are sure of. You know the people you learned it from. 15 You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus. 16 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 17 By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

These words are from verse 16 and 17. Such a great reminder about why the Word is important. There is much in God’s word that we read but do we believe it? In this passage we hear we will be persecuted but that God will be there with us. In other places He explains what love is (1 Corinthians 13) and tells us He loves us (Romans 8:38; Ephesians 3:19) – sometimes we miss putting those things together. The purpose of God’s word is not just about reminding us when we do the right thing or the wrong thing, it’s also about when we think the right thing or wrong thing – thinking that can hold us back, thinking that makes sense to us because of our life experience but is not in line with what God says. It’s useful to check yourself every now and again for unhelpful views of the world and how it works based on what God say and bring them back on track.

Lord help us to value Your Word, to see in it the things You have for us, the truth where we have believed a lie and the inspiration we need to take the next step You have set before us. Help us Lord to believe what You say. Help us also to recognise where we have not got Your truth straight in our heads. Thank You for giving us the gift of Your Word. Amen

Written by Therese Manning 

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