All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Why have I given you my word? What do you think I want to accomplish in you by my word? You have given me your word to make yourself known to me. Without your word I would know very little about you. You want to teach me your will and show me your ways. You want to rebuke me when I’m wrong. You want to correct me and set me on the path of righteousness as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I do.
What must you do in order for my word to accomplish my work in you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. What will short circuit my word working in your life? I need to spend time meeting with you in your word. I need to let your word dwell in me richly. I need to meditate on your word day and night. What else? I need to hear and obey all that you are saying to me. I need to put into practice whatever you show me. I need to be a hearer and a doer of your word. Yes, that’s right. As your word dwells in me, I will be strengthened to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. I will be able to stand against temptations in this world and the evil that the devil throws at me. Yes, you will.
Is my word just for you? Do I have another very important purpose in mind that I want to accomplish in you, by my word? Your word is not just for me. You want to change my heart and transform my mind and guide my life by your word. Yes, I do. Then what? You do have another very important purpose in mind. What’s that? You want to use me for your kingdom and glory. You want me to bear an abundance of fruit for you. Yes, I do. So, what is my word doing in you now? Your word is preparing and equipping me to do the work that you have given me to do for you. You have good works planned for me to do for you. Yes, I do. Whatever you guide me to do, you will prepare me to do. Yes, I will.
So why is it so important that you spend time with me in my word? You will use your word to change who I am. You will use your word to prepare me to do what you have given me to do. Yes, I will.
Lord, I delight to hear your word. Your word has changed the course of my life. Your word is teaching and training me to live the life you have called me to live. Thank you that your word is equipping me to do the work you have given me to do for you. Amen
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