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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 29, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Besieged by false teachers and the inevitable pressures of a growing ministry, Timothy could easily have abandoned his faith or modified his doctrine. Once again Paul counseled Timothy to look to his past and to hold to the basic teachings about Jesus that are eternally true. Like Timothy, we are surrounded by false teachings. But we must not allow our society to distort or crowd out God’s eternal truth. Spend time every day reflecting on the foundation of your Christian faith found in God’s Word, the great truths that build up your life.
The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote down his message for his people. This process is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely authoritative for our faith and life. The Bible is “God-breathed.” Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct. Read the Bible regularly to discover God’s truth and to become confident in your life and faith.
In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose–to equip us to do good. We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. (NLT)
2 Timothy 3:14-17 – But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 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 straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
Timothy Austin (Istanbul, Turkey) titled his story “WELL EQUIPPED;” here is a portion of Timothy’s story:
“An ancient proverb states, ‘An unbalanced load will not reach its destination.’ . . . We struggled on our journey because we had failed to prepare well.
“As I reflected on the proverb and my experience in the mountains that day, I was reminded that good preparation is essential in my spiritual journey as well. When we carefully study God’s word, we are properly equipped for the journeys of our days. Consistently immersing ourselves in scripture and prayer is time well spent.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I share my delight in God’s word today?
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