Thursday January 27 2011

The Word for the day is found in 2 Timothy 2:15

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I want you to read an explanation of this verse by Jack W. Hayford, pastor of The Church On The Way.

“The Bible—God’s inspired Word—is the only conclusive source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning ultimate realities. It is a fountainhead of freeing truth (John 8:32) and a gold mine of practical principles (Ps.19:10), waiting to liberate and or enrich the person who will pursue its truth and wealth.

Paul’s instruction to “be diligent….a worker” has been applied by serious Christians through the centuries as a directive to study the Word of God. The only way to healthy, balanced living is through the “rightly dividing” (Greek orthotomounta, literally, “cutting straight”) of God’s Word. Such correct, straight-on application of God’s Word is the result of diligent study.

The text calls us beyond casual approaches to the Scriptures, telling us to refuse to suit the Bible to our own convenience or ideology.

In his earlier Words (1 Tim. 4:13) Paul also told Timothy, “Give attention to reading [God’s Word].” But now he emphasizes studying like a ‘worker’ (from Greek ergon—“toil, effort”).

Ps, 119:11 urges us to memorize the Word of God as a mighty deterrent against sin. Memorizing the Scripture also provides an immediate availability of God’s “Words” as a Word, ready in witnessing and effective in spiritual warfare (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17).

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