June 14, 2019

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (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. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Paul had just finished telling Timothy to remain faithful to the scriptures that he had been taught since childhood from his grandmother, his mother and from Paul himself. Paul now reminds him why it is so important. He says that, “All, not just some, not just what we agree with, but All scripture is inspired by God or God breathed. We all know what God’s word can do and if we have forgotten we can go back to Genesis 1 and refresh our memory. God’s word does what God says. It is an alive word that speaks to the spirit within us >

Hebrews 4:12–13 (NLT) — 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

God knows us so well(everything is naked and exposed before his eyes) that he can direct us to the very place in the scriptures that we should be reading. He will lead us to the truth that we need to be taught. He will lead us to the part that will tell us what is wrong in our lives. He will lead us to where it tells us how to correct that wrong and then he will move us to where it teaches us to do right. He will guide us to the parts that let us know what good works we should be doing now.

For an example lets say that you had a stealing problem or and uncontrollable tongue:

Ephesians 4:28–29 (NLT) — 28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Lets say you had a hard time getting along with people:

Philippians 2:3–5 (NLT) — 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Perhaps you have a problem with authority:

Ephesians 5:21 (NLT) — 21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

How ’bout some good solid, sound advice:

Ephesians 5:1–9 (NLT) — 1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

What ever it is that God has determined that you need to hear; Ask Him.  He is able to direct you to the exact place in scripture that you need to read. It is as if He wrote the book. 🙂

Remember when the Pharisees had a question about divorce? What did Jesus say?

Matthew 19:3–6 (NLT) — 3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ 5 And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

If you are wondering about gender reread verse 4. If you are wondering about who should get married to whom reread verse 5.

God’s word has the right word for everyone.

Be Inspired Hilltop!