March 22, 20, 17

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) — 16 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 corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Scripture teaches us so lets look at a teaching session in Proverbs.

Proverbs 8:32–36 (NLT) — 32 “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. 34 Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. 36 But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

What a wonderful promise we have in verse 32; this verse teaches us that joy is promised to everyone who obeys the teaching of scripture. If I hold on to scripture it, because it is alive, will see to it that I remain calm, confident and composed in any situation I find myself in. Happiness depends on circumstances but joy depends on the Lord. Joy knows that God will work out all things for good, happiness isn’t sure so quite often it slides down into discouragement and even depression.

Ephesians 1:11 (NLT) — 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

Verse 33 teaches us that if we have the scriptures we have the very wisdom of God. How encouraging that I don’t have to have a high IQ because I have God!

Verse 34 teaches us that joy is sustained and maintained by feeding on the scriptures daily and taking them with me and living them out wherever I go. Some people camped outside of Caribou Coffee in Fergus Falls all night in freezing cold just so they could be one of the first 100 customers. The reward was free coffee and a bagel for a year. O that we would be as diligent to camp out in God’s word and receive His free wisdom all the days of our lives.

Verse 35 teaches us that God is easily found. How easy is it to find God? It is as easy as me finding my granddaughters when we play hide and seek. They haven’t quite got the concept down yet. When I tell them to go and hide they just sit down in living room, where I am closing my eyes and counting, they giggle and laugh and when I holler, “Are you ready, they shout ‘Yes here we are’.

God is easier to find because he is the one who comes looking for us. Remember Jesus said that we didn’t choose him, he chose us. It is through him that we have eternal life after this life but if we trust our lives to him we can live worry free in this life! So if you found God you really found Life.

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) — 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Verse 36 teaches us that in a sense people will bleed to death from a self inflicted wound. The wound of deciding to live life by their own wisdom instead of God’s. What a tragedy. They have no one to blame but themselves. There will be no excuses on judgement day. The outcome of one’s life is based on the choices that were made. Choose God and live by the scriptures! If you live without the wisdom of God it is like shooting yourself in the head and putting out a ‘welcome’ mat to evil.

I hope you enjoyed this brief teaching by the scriptures on the scriptures.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Let’s see…someone can trade depression, ignorance and death for joy, wisdom and life by obeying scriptures. Seems so unlikely that anyone would turn down such a promise and instead keep what the world offers. As Christians we are even faced daily with handouts of depression, ignorance and death from the enemy but by remaining in and retaining scripture we have the wisdom to make choices that lead to joy and life…forever! And yes Pastor Dan, I did enjoy this teaching and I am inspired. Thank you!

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Good insight Peggy. The world has nothing of life to offer us because the commander of the world is the devil and all he can do is steal, kill, and destroy.
      Ephesians 2:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.