Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 30 Scripture Selection: 2 Timothy 2
Food for Thought: 2 Tim. 2:14-17, 23-26
Well, there is hope for everyone who is away from the Truth (see vs. 26)! The Word tells us exactly what to do to help free them from the snare of the devil and how to avoid falling victim to the deceptive words ourselves.
In addition to praying for them, we are told “not to strive about words to no profit (vs. 14, 23 and Titus 3:9).” Stay out of fleshly disputes that go no where. You can tell when you are “in the flesh” by checking your level of aggravation and frustration. If you are not in the Spirit, then don’t bother. It will be to no avail and could actually make matters worse. In any conversation concerning the true faith in Jesus Christ and the Body, the Word tells us to discuss it with gentleness, patience, and humility, and be able to teach (not argue) the truth to them (vs. 24, 25).
In order to be able to do that and to discern the false arguments that the other may present and “shun profane and idle babblings,” it is necessary to prepare ourselves well in the Word of God. That puts us in a position to unashamedly present the truth (vs. 15, 16). It’s one thing to know the truth, and quite another to be able to support your knowledge with the Word for the benefit of the one who has been led astray. You must know why you believe what you believe.
The very good news is that there are no lost causes. Verses 25 and 26 reveal that there is hope for them to “come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” And we are the ones to help bring to pass their rescue. I Corinthians 1:26-29 lets us know that we don’t have to be eloquent or sophisticated to play a part in it: “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” The Word of God is plenty wise enough to get the job done through us.
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
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