April 20, 2018

2 Timothy 3:17 (NLT) — 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

The ‘it’ in our verse is the word of God. Just like batteries keep the energizer bunny going and going and going so the word of God keeps us going. Earlier is this chapter Paul said that it was the word that kept him going even when things got difficult > 2 Timothy 3:10–12 (NLT) — 10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

It was the word of God that gave him purpose. It was the word of God that gave him faith, patience, love and endurance. It was the word of God that strengthened him to go through persecution and suffering. It was the word of God that kept him living a godly life. The word of God was his energizer.

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Saints are sinners who keep on going.”

Many people view rabbits, squirrels and pigeons as pests. The rabbits eat up the garden vegetables, squirrels chase away birds from the bird feeders and pigeons crap all over everything. So to keep the pests under control we, I included, buy pellet rifles and do away with the pests. We keep at it, we persevere with grins on our faces, because these pests can multiply real fast.

Getting back to our verse > doing every good work takes perseverance because of the many pests that would hinder us. Temptations come, but we’ve got to keep resisting. Disappointments arise, but we’ve got to keep believing. Failures appear, but we’ve got to keep trying. Hardships come, some people are difficult and ungrateful, but we’ve got to keep moving forward. It is always to early to quit. Life is hard but we must keep trusting the Lord and keep going. Each time we persevere we take down another pest. Temptations, disappointments, failures, and hardships are pests. We will never completely destroy them but with the word of God as our ammo we can keep them under control.

Psalm 119:92–93 (NLT) — 92 If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. 93 I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.

Be Inspired Hilltop!