"In today’s passage, 2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 10 to chapter 4 verse 8, Paul describes the usefulness and importance of Scripture in our lives. Scripture teaches us what is true and makes us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we’re wrong and teaches us to do what is right. Paul closes his letter by urging Timothy to continue preaching in the Word." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)The Bible is from God. It is the very words of our Creator to us, to me. I have been blessed in reading these words, examining them, learning about them, struggling with understanding them, having them bounce around my mind, and having them change my perspectives, motives, and actions. I am encouraged to know that the time spent with the Bible and the words of God will prepare and equipment for "every good work."
In a message John Piper shared with his Church in 2004 he said the following.
That is a remarkable phrase: “every good work”! Everything good that God expects us to do, the Scriptures equip us to do. That is an amazing claim. How does it work? ... So here's my answer to how the Scripture equips us for “every good work.” The Scripture, day after day, reveals to us the greatness and the beauty and the power and the wisdom and the mercy of all that God is for us in Christ so that by the power of the Spirit we find our joy in him, and the ways of sin become distasteful—indeed ugly and repugnant. Yes the Bible gives us many specifics as pointers how to live. But most deeply the way the Bible equips us for every good work is by changing what we find satisfaction in so that our obedience comes from within freely, not by coercion from without. It does this when we read it and meditate on it and memorize it and meditate over it every day."The Bible rewires our brain and it's complex interaction with our heart and soul. Reading it on a regular basis changes us. The rewiring of who we are, how we react to life, what we do, and how we live doesn't happen overnight, it takes time. Time immersed in the Word of God. Time meditating on the word God has give us in the Bible. Time thinking about what Jesus said and how he lived. Regular, even daily, Bible reading is the secret to this rewiring process. Try it.
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.
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