THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
"The influence of the Bible in restraining sin and promoting righteousness
is one of the evidences that it is a supernatural and divine revelation."
(from Heartwarming Bible Illustrations Copyright © 1998 by AMG International, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.)
2 Tim 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
The word "Study" is translated from the Greek spoudazo, meaning to make effort, be diligent, labour.
It is one thing to be content with reading the Bible.
It is quite another to labor over the contextual meaning and make application of it.
"Study" is actually exhibiting that God has "approved" you as His child.
For God's Spirit works IN the believer to DO that which is pleasing to God. (Philippians 2:13)
Is God working IN you to "Study" His Word?
Why? Or, Why not?
The Bible IS “Divinely Inspired.”
Is it inspiring you?
When one studies the Bible diligently, he/she will not be "ashamed" of the wisdom gained,
because he/she will be confident as a "workman" with his tools.
Confidence in learning and applying the Word leads to speaking about the Word.
Therefore, we are able to "rightly divide," or share the "Word of truth."
Sharing the Word of God restrains sinfulness and promotes righteousness around us.
One young man, working his way through college, was an "errand" boy for a successful businessman.
The businessman claimed to be a Christian, but often spoke with foul language.
One day the businessman was joking about the young man being so short.
He said, "You'll never amount to anything because you're so short."
The young man said, "Well, I know one thing I can do that you can't."
The businessman asked, "And, just WHAT is THAT?"
The young boy said, "I can refrain from swearing!"
The businessman blushed and walked away.
Does your study of the Bible, and sharing of it, restrain sin and promote righteousness around you?