God’s Word

 

Word of God by Brenton Brown

 

The Word of God is given to us by God that we might feed on it and draw life from it as one would rely on daily bread.

Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
    Lord, God of hosts. – Jeremiah 15:16  ESV

Look at the effect God’s Word had on Jeremiah – I have to check my own response to receiving God’s Word in my own life.

Paul challenges Timothy and us to be ready for the “end times.” There will be difficulties, there will be a choice made to further ourselves from God and be disobedient and there will be so many false teachers nipping away at the Church’s weakest members.  Though many of these false teachers who think they have bested God in knowledge and power, they will be exposed in the end. I have to stand firm and I must hold fast to God’s Word if I am to be found as a faithful follower of Jesus.

I, in fact, believe that God’s Word – spoken and written – changes lives. It changed mine. A disciple has purpose.

 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness. – 2 Timothy 3:10  ESV

Here is another opportunity to see how important it is to disciple children -parents are the primary disciple-makers. The way I live matters.

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:15  ESV

Daily engagement with the Word of God is the greatest single change factor for spiritual growth.

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16  ESV

Think about this growing factor as if it was a project – like planting a garden. What steps were involved? Was there a definite start and finish? How significant was the order of the steps ( what would happen if I tried to change the order)? What resources were needed? What kind of effort was required? Did anything hinder the process, or negatively impact the result?

That the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:17  ESV

 

 

 

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Holiness

 

Take My Life (Holiness) Uplifting Version by Passionate Praise

 

Holiness was the name of a study by Jerry Bridges, published by NavPress, that was at the beginning of my life growing deeper as a follower of Christ.

There are two things to realise – there is the fight against sin and lack of success. They might look like they are contradictory but I think we might be thinking of failing and becoming a failure, which are in fact just that. I know I am going to fail.

“The righteous man always resembles more a loser than a victor, for the Lord lets him be tested and assailed to his utmost limits as gold is tested in a furnace.”  – Martin Luther

This is an important part of discipleship, especially in my eyes as I am in my mid 50’s and still learning to persevere through my failures. Failure does not make me quit, it makes me repent more diligently and press on, not in my strength, but in the Spirit’s.

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body[a] and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. – 2 Corinthians 7:1  ESV

Here is Paul’s strong message to the Corinthian church for holiness. The very next verse he gives a secret to how that journey begins.

Make room in your hearts[b] for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. – 2 Corinthians 7:2  ESV

If you can carry unholiness in your heart, there must be room there for you to carry holiness too.

This verse is definitely dealing with impurity of some kind and there seems to be a darker element here than in any of his previous writings to the church. Money usually plays a part in some of the misunderstanding between Paul and the church and that is why he never asks this church for support. I believe this church found themselves partying just as hard as their secular neighbours and if not, they tolerated it for sure and they were part of their friendship circles.

No wonder there were rumours that the Agape or the Feasts of Love, were scenes of complete senselessness.

In case you were looking for good news – the Corinth church did in fact repent and beautifully responded to Titis’ visit.  Good news indeed.

 

 

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