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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

January 15, 2018

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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

Timothy was a young preacher  in the early Christian church  facing all sorts  of false preachers,  while trying  to teach God’s word  in all its truth  to people  who were totally new  to the gospel.    Because of his youth,  Timothy was rather timid  in having  to stand strong  against such falsehoods  from dominant types  of people.

But,  when you have the truth  in your heart  and mind,  you need to stand strong  in it.     There have been many deceivers  right from the beginning  of time,  who are arrogant,  disobedient,  unloving,  and haters  of everything good  and righteous.     As we stand strong  in the truth,  we need  to realize  that we will be constantly confronted  by deceivers mocking us  for our faith.

Paul, therefore,  warned and encouraged Timothy  in 2 Timothy 3:12-17,

And indeed,  all who desire  to live godly  in Christ Jesus  will be persecuted.

But evil men  and imposters  will proceed  from bad  to worse,  deceiving  and being deceived.

You,  however,  continue in the things  you have learned  and become convinced of,  knowing from whom you have learned them;  and that from childhood  you have known  the sacred writings  which are able  to give you  the wisdom  that leads to salvation  through faith  which is  in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture  is inspired by God  and  profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training in righteousness  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped for every good work.

What a promise!     If you want  to live a godly life,  you will for sure  be persecuted.     Have you noticed that  in your life?     That is a challenge  to stand strong  in the truth  for the sake  of God’s love given to us  on the cross  in Jesus Christ  —  and for the sake  of gaining eternal life.

God’s people have been martyred  for standing up  for the truth  since the beginning of time.     The Old and New Testaments witness  to that.     So,  we don’t have to feel alone  in our stand  for the truth.     We are  in good company.

During our trials,  we need to remember  how we were brought  to faith  through the scriptures.    As we learned  the scripture,  it gave us a wisdom  that realized the truth  of being saved  through our faith  in Jesus Christ.

It is God’s word  that has taught us truth.     God’s word  shows us our sins  and encourages us  to live  in righteousness.     This scripture teaches us truths  about God’s almighty power  to create all things  and sustain all things.     And the Bible shows us  the faithfulness  of God’s love  for us,  even though He knows all  of our thoughts  and deeds.

As God’s word strengthens us  in realizing the awesome power  of our Lord  to forgive all our sins,  we become adequate  and better equipped  to start living  for our Savior  with thankful hearts.

All in all,  God is the one teaching us  as we study  and meditate  on His word.     He is the one  who helps us  to recognize falsehoods  and gives us the strength  to adamantly stand against them  as we stand strong  in His word  — His eternal truth.

With the blessing  of God’s word  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for leading us  in Your truths  and for washing away  all our sins  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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