Thursday, January 19, 2012

hold tight

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed.  You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" -2 Timothy 3:14-17, Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

These verses were written by Paul to a man he was mentoring, Timothy.  To help set the scene of what he was talking about, Paul was talking about what false prophets, those who twisted the word of God, were saying.  Some words can damage, and some can bring life.  Paul reminded Timothy to stick to what God said is true.  The Bible tells us that it is God-breathed, and the writers were inspired by God.  The words are a testimony of the holy Trinity, our God three in one.  They explain who God is, who Jesus is, and the work of the Holy Spirit that lives inside  believers. By God's grace and mercy on us, He wants a relationship with us - He desires for us to know Him, trust Him and follow Him.  His words help us see and understand Him.  Trusting those words helps us follow His good and wise plan for us.

How can we share this with others?  We can share the Bible, God's Word, with its testimony of who God is.  It helps us explain why we follow Him.  We can also share our own testimony of God's work for us on the cross, through Christ, and God's work in our lives through the Holy Spirit.

We can share a verse like this one:
"For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6, HCSB

I pray God gives us faith to hold tight to His Word.  I pray He gives us courage, wisdom and love to share our faith today, and I pray others come to know His unending love.

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