The Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever, Part 2
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
The promise of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 applies to your life if you belong to Jesus. As God calls you into the darkness either by yourself or with a friend, choose God’s Word as your road map. The only reliable road map I know is His Word. Scriptural encouragement is ongoing, daily, and consistent. It includes the practices of strengthening, motivating, assuring, supporting, exhorting, and disciplining. Webster’s dictionary defines encouragement: To give courage, spirit, or hope; to stimulate.” Consider how God’s Word satisfies this definition:
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
What a promise! Do your own life circumstances seem impossible to navigate? Are you confused about how to help your friend, how to encourage her to turn toward Jesus for help and hope? This Scripture promises that God’s Word equips you for “every good work.”
God is your encourager – your life-giving guide! Write out 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in your journal. Then list these words:
Training in Righteousness
Equipped for Every Good Work
What kind of equipping in this list do you need? Note how you will pursue that specific encouragement from the Lord in your personal life. For instance:
Teaching: I need a better understanding of how God loves me. I will find a Bible study to attend.
Rebuking: I have a judgmental spirit toward my friend. Open my eyes to Scriptures about humility and my own sin.
Correcting: No matter how hard I try, my teenager refuses to communicate with me. Show me if I am doing something wrong and how to change my approach
Training in Righteousness: I’m tempted to share my friend’s secrets as a means to feel important to others. Nudge me whenever I go in that direction.
Equipped for Every Good Work: My friend’s grief is a mystery to me. Lead me to a good resource that will teach me how to help her.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the audio resource titled “Vietnam: We Remember” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Total American Lives Lost in Vietnam: 58,253. As of 1973 Missing In Action and Prisoners of War: 2, 646. As of 2010 – 1,698 MIA/POW are still unaccounted for. The average infantry saw 240 days of combat in one year. The average age of a G.I. in ‘Nam was 19 years. Each one represents a man or woman and their families who have lived with the consequences of unresolved stress and anguish over the excruciating sacrifice our country made for a war America did not win
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