When the Holy Spirit awakens us with the Gospel, He changes the desires of the heart so that we now have the power to “put off our old self, which belongs to our former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires” (Eph. 4:22). Christians are not people who have simply started living with new behaviors. At the most fundamental level, they are people who have been given a new heart. So how do we foster this “new heart” and its requirement for growth? Paul gives us, as he describes to Timothy, his method of endurance that will require Timothy to give close attention to the Scriptures. He charges him to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.” The Bible is the key to understanding Jesus and His Gospel. The fact that these Gospel-testifying Scriptures are “breathed out by God” gives us confidence that Scripture is trustworthy and authoritative for our lives. It is the truth by which we stand! Rejection of God’s truth as demonstrated in His Word must fall!
Questions for further thought:
1. In a typical week, how much time do I spend communing with God through reading His Word?
2. In what ways could I look to improve this?
Challenge: Make a conscious effort to read the Scriptures every day. (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
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