“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ~2 Timothy 3:16-17
These verses in 2 Timothy show us how the Bible works in our lives to help us change and grow in our faith in God. God’s wisdom teaches us what is right and corrects us when we’re wrong so we can become equipped to do the good things He’s planned for us to do. It’s a process that takes time (usually more time than we’d like) and patience.
Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) says we should “imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” by God. This is a challenge for most, because in our world today, instant gratification with no inconvenience or effort is often the expectation. In other words, people want what they want, when they want it, without having to discipline themselves or take any responsibility to get it.
The truth is, although we can microwave a meal, there’s no such thing as “microwave Christianity.” The process of spiritual maturity is about “The Law of Gradual Growth,” because little by little, as we make choices that line up with God’s Word and His ways, He works in our lives to make us more like Jesus. And there’s no greater goal we can ever pursue than that!
~Words brought to you by Joyce Meyer
Mark’s gospel, chapter 14 verse 32: “The spirit is willing – I want to pray, I want to do these great exploits for God because I know my God in prayer. I want all these things, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak!”