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My God is…equipping 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Timothy 3: 16-17 –  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training

Do you need more training?

Do you need more training?

in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is God-breathed

Straight from the horse’s mouth. We get our scripture from the highest authority. It is not the words of mere men, but is God breathed. That’s a big deal. When the phrase straight from the horse’s mouth is used, it was originally used to say that you got a good tip on a horse. The people who inevitably knew the most about the horses were the trainers, and if your horse won the race, it was those in the winners circle…the inner circle. But who could know more about that horse than the inner circle? Only the horse. That’s why a tip straight from the horse’s mouth would be the best tip. In the same way, scripture is our inside scoop. It’s the information the world doesn’t know about. We’re not getting our information from just anywhere, not even from people close to the action, but straight from the most reliable source. This is good news for you and I, because it means that we can stand strong on the precepts that we read and learn from scripture. It is like a love letter from God.

Useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

The scriptures are like our handbook for life. It is God’s textbook for us to know what is right and wrong, how to be saved, how to treat others, and how to give Him the glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Everything we need to know is wrapped up in this one book. It’s not a very long book considering all the information it holds. I have often wondered at different times throughout my life, “What is God’s plan for me?”. Scripture is the only way to find that out. He created us for His glory, and scripture gives us example so how to and not to give Him glory. We don’t always love to be taught, rebuked, corrected or trained, but we need it. It is essential to our well-being, and I don’t know about you, but I need to relearn things all the time. I learn them, practice them, ignore them and then fail, wondering where I went wrong. As I look to scripture, God’s word, I am reminded of my mistakes and encouraged towards change that will bring God glory.

So that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work

When we get training, education or correcting, there is always a goal in mind (or there should be). Reading scripture, and using it for training, teaching and correcting allows me to be more thoroughly equipped for every good work. I don’t know if you have ever had a job where you didn’t feel like you were being trained properly. Maybe your trainer stunk, or you just weren’t getting it, but either way, it didn’t make the work very enjoyable, productive or useful. God want’s our work to be useful, productive and enjoyable. He has provided us with the information we need to be properly trained. I don’t know about you, but I think there are probably a few things I need a remedial course on. I think as our lives change and we grow, the Lord reveals exactly what we need to find in scripture. But it doesn’t pop out of the book when you just leave it on the shelf, so I find myself with a need to create a discipline of reading His word. I do it by doing Bible studies. I find that’s a great way for me to dig deeper, but I think also just taking time to read His word without a goal in mind is useful. I have been long considering a Bible that leads you through reading the entire scripture, and I think that I may need to invest in one soon. I want to develop more fully and find true success in the Lord.

Do you need more training?

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in 2 Timothy, My God is Equipping

 

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My God is … The One Who Sanctifies Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6 … being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Definition of SANCTIFY

transitive verb
1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use :consecrate
2: to free from sin : purify
3a : to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to
b : to give moral or social sanction to
4: to make productive of holiness or piety <observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it — Deuteronomy 5:12(Douay Version)>

God has begun a good work in you
And me. I am saved. God has changed me. He has changed me from wanting to do only what pleases me to focusing more on what is important to Him. I’m not boasting, because I didn’t do it. God started that good work in me through my salvation in Jesus Christ.

A good work?
I’m such a screw up. How could there be any good in me? Well, it’s not my own doing, but God who puts that good work in you. He puts that good work in you so that you in turn can do good things. You can use your gifts to build up and strengthen the church and the body of Christ. Helping each other by using our own gifts helps us to grow in maturity in our faith so we can know God more fully.

Know Your Gifts
You have gifts. You’ve been Sanctified, set apart by God. Your talent or gift is meant to be used to further the Kingdom of God. Throughout the years, I have taken a lot of “Gift Assessments” to see where I could be used in the church. They are really useful tools to help you identify what your gifts are, and when used with a Bible study can help you to figure out how you’re actually going to use them to build up the Body of Christ.

I however am more manipulative than that. I answer those questions, knowing what they’re asking, and I often answer them as I wish I would be, not as I really am. I take away from the gifts the Lord has given me by diminishing the importance of the gifts I do have. God gave me the gifts I have for a reason. He uniquely designed me to do what He’s calling me to do. So when those assessments come back and say “You’re good at everything and really good at this”, I pray that the Lord will help me to truly find my calling in Him.

Your own gifts assessment would probably be a bit more accurate (I’m sure you’re not as manipulative as me). But if you find yourself still confused about how to use your gifts in the church, start doing the things that bring you joy. If it’s teaching the kids, teach Sunday School. If you really don’t like kids (some of us who have kids even feel this way sometimes), maybe your calling is to cheerfully clean the church. Maybe you’re the perfect person to repave the parking lot, start a food bank, lead a mission trip, file papers, give encouragement to the staff and volunteers or to pray. Probably you have more than one gift, but try one out, test drive it and pray to the Lord to bless it. As we each use our gifts, we’ll grow. Our church will grow (in maturity). We’ll be able to know Jesus more fully. I want some of that fullness.

What are your gifts?
(Want to take a gift assessment test? Here are some sites that have some – I haven’t tried them all – so don’t come crying to me if your gift is cleaning!)
 
 

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