“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” [2Tim.3:16].
Some folks live like they have never seen this verse in scripture. When reproof and correction takes place in the church, there are some who runs away; some even go as far as bad mouthing the pastor and church for acting on God’s Word. Proverbs 13:24 says: “If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him” [TLB]. In the church, when we rebuke anyone, it is not because we are picking on anyone, not because we dislike anyone, and not that we hate anyone; rather it is because we love that person. When your pastor and leaders never rebuke you, you should check yourself. Either you are very obedient or not noticed. Any father who loves his son will punish his son when needed. The Bible tells us that; but in the church we don’t as such punish people, we rebuke and correct folks. This is the Godly thing to do when you see folks going astray. Our opening verse says that the Word of God is profitable for doctrine; because it has been inspired by God. The Word of God is for instruction in righteousness; and righteousness is having right standing with God. Human beings are full of excuses and likes to lazy away; but there’s too much work to be done than to find excuses and lazy away. This is the very reason why loving leaders and pastors will rebuke church members. We all have been charged with the responsibility to reach the lost world. The harvest is great, yet the workers are few [Luke10:2].
Verse 17 in 2 Timothy chapter 3 continues to say: “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Let us read it all together now from verse 16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Speaking about the man of God here isn’t speaking about pastors and those who stand in the pulpit only. The man of God here is every born again Christian. We are to be thoroughly furnished with the Word of God unto all good works; in and out of church. It is only through being equipped with the Word of God that we can truly do good. A man or woman may be a good person in the eyes of the world; but less he/she is born again and a doer of the Word of God, he/she aren’t good in the eyes of God.
I find many folks studying the Word of God in large volumes; and although there’s nothing wrong in doing so, it is important to receive revelation on the Word we are studying. Joshua 1:8 gives us a sound rendering on how we are to study the Word of God. Although we have used this verse in scripture to strengthen many of our teachings in the past; I want to tap a bit deeper into it today.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” [Josh.1:8 / KJV].
Let’s take a closer look: ‘This book of the law [the Bible is God’s law – a law is something you ought to live by] shall not depart out of thy mouth [meaning the Word of God must be spoken, never not speak the Word]; but thou shalt meditate therein [ponder upon, think on, to mutter the Word – also to progressively speak it until it wells up in you, causing you to roar the Word out and finally shout the Word] day and night [constantly], that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein [you do all this that you may DO the Word, being a practitioner of the Word]: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous [the Word gives wisdom], and then thou shalt have good success [and doing the Word will cause you to be successful for you shall deal wisely in all your doing].
Let’s take a look at a principle concluded from God’s Word:
Your thoughts controls your words,
Your words controls your actions, and
Your Actions determines your destiny.
Therefore God had given us His Word to study, to affect our mentality and what we think about, what you speak and how you do things; and ultimately the quality and product of our lives. When you learn to talk the Word of God long enough, it will change your lifestyle and it will change you in your character. It’s your meditation on the Word that will cause you to do the Word of God. Many Christians try and obey God; and it is impossible. You cannot obey God; you got to get hold of the Word. The Word in your mouth and in your life expresses the God-life in a Christian. When you have the God-life, you don’t need to try and be obedient to God, for you will walk in the very way God had preordained for you, because the Word will be imprinted in you and your spirit will be responsive to that Word.
How is your meditation? Do you know how to meditate on the Word? Check yourself. Reading large volumes of the Word may just not be enough. In fact, taking in large volumes of the Word voids you in meditating therein correctly. It voids the possibility it receiving deep revelation from the Spirit through the Word. The Holy Spirit will bring light to what you focus on; therefore meditation is very important for a Christian.
The Hebrew rendering of the latter portion of Joshua 1:8 translates the word meditation, is to cause you to burst forth into prosperity / to suddenly break forth. It is a certain thing, that when you study, meditate, observe, and do the Word; it will surely produce good fruit. Ecclesiastes 11:3 says: “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth…” So too, you must fill yourself up with the Word of God so you may empty it out in your life – that means you got to learn to speak the Word. Also, “With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered” [Prov.11:9 / ESV]. Are you the man who destroys or are you the righteous who’s delivered. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” [Col.3:16].
Be thoroughly furnished unto all good works by meditating on the Word. Learn to take a verse and read it; go back on it and think carefully on it. Then start speaking it; for faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God [Rom.10:17]. Once your faith wells up, you start roaring the Word; meaning that you speak the Word with authority. At this point your faith will be stirred up and the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened with revelation. It is the revelation of God’s Word that causes you to do the Word; and it is your faith which causes your spirit to react and act on God’s Word. The more you do this, the more deep you will find yourself in understanding God’s Word. Start today; set time aside to meditate on the Word of God; for “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” [2Tim.3:16-17]. Your life will be a product of what the Word speak of – Hallelujah!
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
…evangelizing the world with the Gospel [Ps.67:2/TLB]
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