Happy Monday evening.. hope you all are off to a good start for the week?!
Its a BIG day/week in my little world… an update to follow soon!
But for now, I am glad you stopped by to keep up with the JOSHUA CODE with me!
Here is this weeks verses:
w e e k - t h i r t y o n e
" Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the world of the truth."
2 t i m o t h y 2 : 1 5
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THE BELIEVERS MANDATE
We are to be diligent and zealous about the task of studying God's Word. Since reference is made later in the verse to 'rightly dividing the world of truth', Paul was challenging all believers to take very seriously their personal study habits. The Bible is a miraculous book in which personal study never ends. Bible study is a lifetime endeavor for the committed believer. It is our assignment, our mandate from God.
THE BELIEVERS MOTIVATION
The discipline of study is a stewardship from God, and believers should be motivated by a passionate longing to please the Lord, to hear Him say: "Well done, good and faithful servant". (Matthew 25:21)
THE BELIEVERS MANNER
Study is hard work. Doing word studies is laborious. Getting out our work tools of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and lexicons is labor intensive. We are reminded that we are to equip ourselves for ' the work of ministry', as Paul mentioned to the Ephesians (4:12). Dedicated believers are to be workers who devote themselves to the wholehearted study of God's World.
THE BELIEVERS MESSAGE
We should approach the Bible with deep reverence, even a fear that we might mishandle or misrepresent God's truth. We should take caution against using every paraphrase we might find in order to twist the truth to match our own way of thinking about a matter.
The believer' s message should always be centered in, and issue out of, God's holy Word.
As you memorize this verse, lay aside all the resources and other study aids, and medicate on the Word alone.