dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

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I know that I haven’t been faithful in blogging lately, but thankfully God has had me faithfully in His Word daily!  I just wanted to quickly write some things that He has been teaching me.

At the start of the year I wanted to focus on Colossians 3:12-17 for 2013, but then I kind of forgot about it–we all know how “resolutions” can be!  After some pride, brokenness and repentance last week I experienced a renewed sensitivity to God’s Word.  On Saturday, my faithful God put Colossians 3:12-17 in front of me three times–once in the women’s Bible study I was preparing for (Can We Talk? by Priscilla Shirer), once in a book I was reading (Embracing Obscurity–find a copy and read it!), and once in a Revive Our Hearts radio broadcast I was listening to.  Coincidence? I think not!  God was drawing me back to a place of surrender, graciously reminding me of my commitment to Him this year, and using those verses to humble me and refill me.  He is a good God!

Here are some other passages from the Bible, that have been making an impact on my heart and hopefully my actions.  Check them out for yourselves:

  • James 3:8-11
  • James 1:19
  • Ephesians 4:29-32
  • Psalm 103
  • Haggai 1:1-11
  • Revelation 2:2-4
  • Psalm 24
  • Psalm 119:1-8
  • 2 Kings 18:3-7
  • Psalm 33:13-22
  • Ezra 8:21-23
  • 2 Chronicles 20:2-4

I love God’s Word–it’s wisdom brings joy!  It is truly all useful and beneficial just like it promises!  My prayer is that this blog will help others to find that out for themselves.  I am really looking forward to starting Hebrews tomorrow!

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Humble Myself

I mentioned it yesterday, but I have been absolutely disgusted with the pride in my heart.  God has been revealing to me over the past several weeks that humility is the answer to all the changes that are needed in my life. 

Yesterday, while reading Embracing Obscurity the author wrote this of Matthew 18:5, “Jesus gave an active command.  We are to humble ourselves…the responsibility is on me to take the unassuming, submissive, unassertive nature of a child.  I not only have to choose humility, I have to work at it.” (pg. 161)  I started to think about all the verses I knew in the Bible that use those words together, “humble yourself,” and decided this morning to do a word search with biblegateway.com  (If you want to know more about God’s heart on humility, you should try it!)

The first reference was in Exodus 10:3.  Moses said to Pharaoh, ” Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?'”  We know that Pharaoh continued to refuse until God humbled him!

In Deuteronomy 8, God said that he used the years of wandering in the wilderness to humble the Israelites because they would not humble themselves.

2 Chronicles 33 references two kings–Manassah who did humble himself and sought the Lord (12-13) and his successor, Amon who refused to humble himself and was killed (22-24).

Personal calls to humble ourselves are found in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you,” and 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”   And God also honors corporate humility.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” And also in Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra said, “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children and all our goods…’The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.’ So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.”

Some benefits of humility:

  • humility bridles my tongue.
  • humility is the source of true praise and worship.
  • humility allows me to see myself as clay in the Potter’s hand.
  • humility allows me to fully trust and depend on the Lord.
  • humility enables me to surrender my plans and agendas to God.
  • humility makes it possible for me to please God instead of man.
  • humility allows me to rest and say “no” when necessary.
  • humility enables contentment.
  • humility causes me to see God’s glory and greatness.
  • humility draws God near and lets me experience His presence in my life.
  • humility enables fervent prayer.
  • humility opens God’s ears to my prayers.
  • humility makes the needs of others more urgent than my own.
  • humility causes God to rescue me, give me His favor, wisdom and grace.

How can we learn humility?  Look to Jesus!

In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and HUMBLE in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  

Matthew 21:5 refers to a prophecy given about Jesus, “Behold your king is coming to you, HUMBLE, and mounted on a donkey…”

Paul wrote in Philippians 2 this command and help for humility: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he HUMBLED HIMSELF by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

If Jesus humbled himself, and if my mind has been renewed in His likeness like Phil. 2:5 says, then I need to learn from Him how to humble myself.  The alternative is to let God humble me–I’d rather learn than be “schooled.”

I’m attaching a link to this tool that I have found very beneficial in detecting pride in my heart and I hope that if pride is an area that anyone who reads this is struggling with that it will lead you to the brokenness that God in His grace allowed me to experience this morning.

https://www.lifeaction.org/static/uploads/media/pdf/infuse_podcast/proud_broken_people.pdf

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Philemon ~ Reputation, Relationships, Reconciliation, Responsibility

Reputation.  Although Paul was hundreds of miles away from Philemon and there was no direct, quick communication, Paul had heard repeatedly of Philemon’s faith in the Lord and his love shown toward all the saints (believers) in Colossae.  Philemon had a reputation for refreshing the hearts of others.  Everybody probably wanted to be around Philemon!  The way that he treated others brought comfort and joy Paul, too.  

Relationships.  We all need someone we trust as a mature follower of Christ to speak the truth to us when circumstances arise that could potentially derail our reputation for loving others.  When our lives are characterized by love it makes it easier for others to speak truth to us.  As I wrote in the last post on Philemon, he had a servant that had stolen something and run away to Rome.  God’s divine purposes led Onesimus to the house of Paul where he heard the gospel and believed in Jesus to be His Savior and Lord.  He stayed there and served Paul.  Paul’s relationship with Philemon set the stage for reconciliation between Philemon and Onesimus.  Because of Philemon’s reputation for loving others, Paul trusted that Philemon would demonstrate goodness toward Onesimus out of a sincere heart and not out of compulsion.

Reconciliation.  Humility causes us to see that there is a level playing field for all followers of Jesus Christ.  We are all servants together; we are all saints together.  Philemon and Onesimus’ salvation came by way of the faithful ministry of Paul, making him the “spiritual” father of both men.  All three now had God as their Father, making them all brothers.  So when Paul asked Philemon to receive back Onesimus just as he would receive Paul–it was demonstrating to Philemon that there is no favoritism or distinctions for those who belong to Christ.  Since we can be reconciled to a holy God, we can be reconciled to each other through His power.

Responsibility.  When we put our faith in the Lord, He expects us to demonstrate it by loving others.  In His great wisdom, He knew that we could not do it on our own and that we needed Him to equip us for love.  Verse 6 says that the knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of serving Christ is what makes us effective in loving and sharing with others.  When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ He gives the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us; and He produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in us as we submit to Him.  When we have experienced the amazing grace; relentless, unfailing love; and complete forgiveness of God in our lives–we can’t help but to humbly offer the same patience, forgiveness, mercy, grace and love to others.

Every word in the Bible is good for teaching and correcting (2 Timothy 3:16), and I see that very clearly in Paul’s letter to Philemon.  I have let pride take root in my heart, and it is effecting my relationships with my family and friends.  It may not be overt, but I feel it in the depth of my heart and sense it as I interact with others.  It disgusts me!  So, I am very thankful this morning for the Word of God in revealing sin, and reminding of truth, leading to repentance, and restoring joy and peace.

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Philemon ~ A Beautiful Picture of Good News

I think I could stay in this book for several days.  I might…  Philemon was a man who Paul led to salvation in Jesus Christ and opened his home up for the church of Colossae to meet.  He had a servant named Onesimus (which means “useful”) who stole something from him and ran away.  In Onesimus’ running, he made it all the way to Rome and coincidentally bumped into Paul…ha!  No coincidence–God was pursuing Onesimus!  Onesimus heard and believed the truth about Jesus Christ’s ability to save and set free and became His follower.  Paul was sending this letter to Philemon to appeal to him to receive back Onesimus as more than a useful helper but as a brother!  Paul promises to take responsibility for anything that Onesimus may owe Philemon and pay it back himself.

When I read this letter, it reminded me of my story and maybe your story, too.  We were created to belong to God, but instead we stole His glory for ourselves and ran away and tried to hide from our Master.  We rendered ourselves useless for our true purpose.  But through God’s providence and pursuit, in our journey we met His grace and forgiveness.  In receiving that gift, we also received a new, useful life!  Jesus–our Advocate and Intercessor–promised to pay our debt so that we could belong to God forever–adopted into His family–more than a servant of God, but His very child!

I am so thankful for the grace of God and for my salvation!  I’m so thankful for the new life that He gave me and how He erased all my sins and I don’t have to try to hide from Him anymore.  I’m thankful that I was enslaved to sin, and now I am set free and welcomed by God.  If you haven’t ever trusted Jesus to pay your debt and set you free, it is no coincidence that you are reading this.  God wants to give you forgiveness and grace.  Tell Him you are sorry for your sins and for running from Him.  Receive His gift of new life in Jesus, and be free!

Read the whole story for yourself:

This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus.

10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. 11 Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. 12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.

13 I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.14 But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced. 15 It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever.16 He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it. And I won’t mention that you owe me your very soul!

20 Yes, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord’s sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.

21 I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more! 22 One more thing—please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings.24 So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.

25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

(P.S. If you read that, you just read a whole book of the Bible!!  Keep going!)

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Titus 3 ~ Good God, Good Works

I noticed today that a recurring theme in Paul’s letter to Titus was that of “good works.”  Our culture believes that good works lead to salvation, however, in God’s plan it is quite the opposite.  Good works follow God’s work in our lives!  When we reverse this plan and think our “good works” are because we are “good people,” we toss aside the only true Savior and put ourselves in His place.  Being “good” is pride–and pride is the deadliest sin!

It is a humble thing to put our hope in Jesus Christ and understand that we are foolish, disobedient and sinful apart from His grace.  Humble people–saved people–are ready (3:1), zealous (2:14), and devoted (3:8, 14) to good works.  Truly good works flow out of a humble heart–a heart that has experienced the goodness, kindness, and mercy of God.  Humble people respect authority (1), speak evil of NO ONE (2), avoid quarreling (2), are gentle (2), and show perfect courtesy to ALL people even those who are foolish, disobedient and hateful (2-3).  This is possible because we know who we were before Christ intervened and what we would be like apart from His mercy in our lives.

I have been deeply humbled this morning–realizing afresh that the only thing that’s good in me is Jesus, and I need more of Him!  Oh Lord humble my heart–that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees.

Titus 3:4-6  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing away of our sins and the giving of new life by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The top of my journal pages have Bible verses on them, and I thought the one today appropriately follows the text in Titus…”YES, THE LORD HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS FOR US! WHAT JOY! Psalm 126:3

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Titus 2:11-15 ~ Grace, Jesus, and Us

For the GRACE OF GOD has appeared, bringing SALVATION for ALL people, TRAINING us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, WAITING for our blessed HOPE, the appearing of the glory of OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, who GAVE HIMSELF for us to REDEEM us from ALL lawlessness and to PURIFY for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for GOOD WORKS. (Vs. 11-14)

The Grace of God. God’s grace brings salvation.  It is only by His grace that we have faith to believe the truth about the good news of Jesus.  But God’s grace doesn’t end at salvation–it’s His grace that changes our lives!  His grace trains us to recognize and run from ungodliness and worldly passions.  His grace teaches us how to live self-controlled and holy lives.  His grace gives us hope that we will see Jesus, and that hope is the driving force to live holy and pure lives.

Our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! We have been kidnapped and molested by this world!  Our rescue involved a ransom.  Our lives could only be bought out of that condition by the blood of Jesus Christ.  That is why He gave Himself.  He did it to save, rescue and redeem us.  The cost was high, but He thought us worthy!  He purified us and we belong to Him!  

Us.   If our salvation doesn’t cause us to desire godliness, it says that we don’t value the sacrifice of Jesus.  Understanding God’s grace and treasuring our salvation and rescue, leads us to want to do good works for the Lord.  In 1 Peter 4:10 and Ephesians 3:2 the Bible says that we have been saved to be “stewards of His grace.”  We get to be God’s serving tools that dish out His lavish grace to others through offering them the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus, training and teaching (disciplining) others to live for Him, and encouraging other by pointing them to the hope of seeing Jesus at the end of this life!

Spend some time thanking God today for your salvation, for your transformation and for giving your life a great purpose.  Look for ways to share His extravagant grace with others today!

If you have time, check out the song “Blessed Hope” by Mac Powell.  Go to http://gloryrevealed.com/ and click the tab *Listen Here*

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Titus 2:1-10 God Values Educating Women

Newsflash!  Younger women grow into older women!  To become the kind of older women that is beautiful in God’s eyes, younger women need training.  Younger women don’t need older women sitting around complaining about, “Young women these days….”  They need older women who will get up and help!  Older women–who teach what is good and train younger women; who don’t slander, but speak words of truth, grace, kindness and wisdom; who are respectable in their behavior; and who have so much trust and intimacy with the Lord that they don’t need to indulge in other things to relax or medicate their lives–have great value in the eyes of God.  Young women have value too–that is why God wants them to be trained.  God values education!

I’m not sure exactly where I fit in this training model–so please excuse in advance any vacillating between the two in the following comments.  I think I need to be the “older woman” in someone’s life, but I desperately need an “older woman” in my life too.  There are so many things out there vying to train us as women–magazines, blogs, pintrest, google, talk shows, documentaries, etc…but what they are teaching usually is not the sound doctrine–healthy truths–that God is intending for us to learn.

As a young woman, what is it that God wants us to learn from older women? What should the core curriculum look like?

  • How to love our husband and children.  Isn’t it interesting that we need to learn to love those who should be the easiest to love?  God’s definition of love is so different from what we know of love that it needs learned.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind; it does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”  Most older women have not loved like that, yet we turn to those women to advise and train us on love!  If you are young, find an older women who loves her husband and children according to this model and learn from her!
  • How to be self-controlled.  As I’ve gotten older and look back at my interactions with people when I was in my 20s I get really embarrassed.  I thought I knew so much!  I had a quick tongue, was emotionally driven, and acted impulsively.  I still do in some respects, but I have grown a little I hope =)  Young women need to be trained to have self-control over their mouths, actions and emotions.  Looking back even 15 years, I can see how I would have benefited from training in self-control, but at the time I didn’t think I needed anything!  If you are younger, look for a self-controlled older women to be honest with you about the lack of self-control they see in your life and listen to their wisdom.  Even though maturity has helped some with this, I still need an older woman to help me.
  • How to be pure.  I’m sure there is more to it than this, but as I look back again at my younger years, I am embarrassed by the movies I watched, TV shows I enjoyed, music I listened to, and books I read.  I filled myself with a lot of impurity.  In looking for an older women to train on purity, beware of legalism!! (a set of rules to maintain purity)  Purity is about the heart!  Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart. It is the wellspring of life.”  A pure heart grows us into women of respectable behaviors.
  • How to keep the home.  Believe it or not, we need to be taught how to manage a home.  This may involve such practical training as how to properly clean and organize a home.  But even more, it is learning how to make our homes a sanctuary of peace and safety for all who come through our doors.  The older women who trains in this may be our mother, but that is not always the case.  (Thankfully, my mother has been a great example of home management to me and taught me at a very young age how to care for a home.)
  • How to be kind.  Kindness is not our natural reaction to others. (In fact, my son just walked in for the umpteenth time, and my response was rude instead of kind.  I obviously need an older women in this area of my life.)  It is especially hard to be kind in a culture that promotes self-comfort, self-promotion, entitlements and rights.  But Proverbs 31:26 says that a women of great value, “Opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  When we are squeezed–does kindness come out?
  • How to be submissive to our own husbands.  We do not need to yield to any other man! But we are called to value and respect our OWN husbands, and we do this by honoring their leadership as we would honor the Lord’s leadership over us. (Ephesians 5:22-24)  This is definitely not the education that the world will give to young women!  But older women who have done things their own way instead of God’s usually have lives that have resulted in feelings of discontentment and dissatisfaction–unless their lives have been redeemed by God!  Think about any women you know who did not obey God’s plan for marriage…think honestly about your own life when you haven’t followed this plan…what was the outcome???  Older women who have been submissive to their husbands have experienced the beautiful fruit of it in their lives.  Trust them when they say to be reverent, respectful and yielding to your spouse.  Let them show you how!  It may go against every fiber of our being, but the Holy Spirit has the power to overcome our flesh.  When we are submissive to the Holy Spirit, we can be submissive to our mate.  The fruit of living according to the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  If we can be trained to surrender our lives to the power of the Holy Spirit all these other things will fall into place.

The outcome of all this education is not an A+ on a grade card, but is intrinsically more valuable.  Growing into a godly older woman puts the  wonder of God, the beauty of the Gospel and the transforming power of His Word on display!

Here is the beauty–God doesn’t use perfect older women to teach!  There is no such thing!  Only redeemed women.  We can teach out of our mistakes even more than our successes when a Redeeming, Saving God is involved!

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Titus Intro/Chapter 1 ~ Hypocrites!

The island of Crete was well-known for being a place of evil, lying, lazy, gluttons by their own admission.   The perfect place to start churches!  Healthy churches are necessary and possible even in a difficult, opposing environment.  Healthy churches need healthy leaders!  The church at Crete had Titus, and this letter was sent to him by Paul to encourage him but even more than that, for the greater strength of the church through promoting faith, truth, godliness and hope!  

Paul told Titus that he didn’t need to try to carry these responsibilities alone, but to share the burden of leadership with other qualified men. The problem in Crete was that there were many “spiritual” men who professed to know God but their lives were characterized by empty words and deceitful teachings.  They were damaging whole families because of their hypocrisy.  Therefore, Paul gave Titus a list of the kind of men to look for to help shoulder the responsibility of leading the church of Christ.

  • Above reproach
  • The husband of one woman–no polygamy!
  • Children who believe in God and are not wild and rebellious
  • Not arrogant
  • Not quick-tempered
  • Not drunkards
  • Not violent
  • Not greedy
  • Self-controlled
  • Hospitable
  • Lovers of good
  • Upright, holy
  • Disciplined
  • Hold firm to true Word–can teach it and rebuke those who contradict it.

God hates hypocrisy!  He hates falsehood!  If we claim to know God–we must be aiming to live lives that match that knowledge!  Pure living springs from a pure heart and mind.

Did Paul want Titus to ignore the false teachers?  No, he wanted strong, faith-filled, Word-believing, truth-living men to rebuke them!  Did he want the false teachers rebuked to harm them?  No, to restore them to sound faith.  God’s aim in rebuke is never to destroy, but always to restore and save.  God gives grace and peace to people.

Sometimes it’s difficult to apply these letters to pastors to my life, but the one thing that I can do is pray for the leaders of my church to be men above reproach.  Pray that their lives would consistently reflect God’s decrees (Psalm 119:5), that they would stand on truth, and that God would give them boldness to combat deception in this world as it seeps into the church.

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2 Timothy 4 ~ Not Really Alone

Paul referred to people who love Christ’s appearing and followed it up by mentioning Demas  as one who was in love with this present world.  We are either one or the other–longing for Christ and Heaven or in love with the things of this present world.  Being in love with the world has it’s own set of problems–never fulfilled, will come to an end, disappointment, quarreling because so many people are in love with the same thing and on the flip side, a certain shallow camaraderie because so many people are in love with the same thing.  Longing for Christ’s appearing also comes with a cost.  It may mean standing “alone,” can come with feelings of desertion, often facing strong and harmful opposition, a poured out life, and having  no earthly advocate.  However, there are promises and rewards mentioned for those who long for Christ’s appearing and none listed for those who love this present world.

  • On the Day that Christ appears He will award a crown of righteousness
  • The Lord stands by and strengthens those who stand for Him
  • He sends us a Helper and Advocate in the Holy Spirit.
  • He fills those who pour out their lives for Him.
  • He rescues from evil and delivers out of this world.

Paul could say with confidence, “I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith!”  We can say it with confidence too when our eyes are fixed on eternity and our lives are lived in light of Jesus’ return.

Bonus Feature:  Paul didn’t just write deep spiritual truths, but also about practical needs.  This chapter has one of my favorites…”Bring the coat I left with Carpus in Troas…Do your best to come before winter.”

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2 Timothy 3 ~ Strong Women!

In the “last days” it will be hard to be a truth-loving, truth-living follower of Jesus Christ.  Could it be that those days are upon us?   Look at the list that Paul gave, “People will be: 

  • lovers of self
  • lovers of money
  • proud
  • arrogant
  • abusive
  • disobedient to their parents
  • ungrateful
  • unholy
  • heartless
  • unappeasable
  • slanderous
  • without self-control
  • reckless
  • swollen with conceit
  • lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
  • have the appearance of godliness”

The next verse gets interesting…people like that “capture weak women.”  There is such an infatuation in our culture with strong women.  None of us wants to view ourselves as weak.  However, our perception of what makes a woman weak may be skewed as well as what the culture defines as strong!  Maybe many women have already been deceived, captured and led astray from God’s plan for their lives by various passions.  Persuaded that we are strong; we may actually be weak…

So where does real strength come from?  Strength that doesn’t bend or sway with public opinion and cultural shifts.  Strength that stands for truth even when it’s difficult and incurs persecution.

  • Strength comes from knowing God’s perfect, living Word and letting it have its full affect on our minds, hearts, and lives.  Psalm 119:28b says, “Strengthen me according to Your Word.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:5 tells us that real, inner godliness is power.  Inner godliness–not appearance only–is developed by hearing from God through His Word.  “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. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (16-17)

I don’t want to be a weak woman! A woman who’s life is swayed by every documentary or talk show.  A woman who reads and knows a lot about everything except the truth.  A women who is abused by the world’s standards.  A woman who is deceived by the world’s definition of strength and living a depleted, empty, exhausting life.  I want to be strong in God’s eyes even if I look weak to the world!

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