In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:12,13 NIV)
In fact, Paul’s charge to Timothy continues. He says, “But as for you…
- Continue in what we have learned.
- Continue in what we have been convinced.
- We know those from whom we learned it.
- From infancy we have known the holy Scriptures.
- Scripture makes us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Scripture memorization deepens our knowledge and makes us wise. Wise to Christian principles and application into everyday life. Every Biblical principle has a counterfeit. Lucifer, a high-ranking arch-angel, knew God before God created the heavens and earth. When pride filled his heart desiring supremacy, he misled one-third of the angels. They were all removed from Heaven, given rule over earth. The devil roams the atmosphere looking for weak vessels to devour. This is why it’s vital to present truth helping all not to be deceived. To encourage through trials. To help rebuild those life has torn down.
When persecution flames are thrown deep into our soul, we respond deeper from stored Word knowledge. Part of the armor of God is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. God’s Word is sharper than a double-edged sword. We are not helpless nor hopeless, when provided such a weapon. We have to become proficient in our ability to use this weapon. Scripture is a guidebook to live life abundantly.
Remember not long ago, we discussed the cliche’ of making lemonade out of lemons. I decided to look up one of my favorite’s lemonade recipe. The Pioneer Woman’s recipe looks simple.
- 4 cups sugar
- 6 cups water
- 24 whole lemons, juiced
- 8 cups water (additional)
- lots of ice
As I looked through her photos, much effort will be necessary. Not only is she turning one lemon into lemonade, she is turning 24 lemons into lemonade. From making sugar syrup a few hours ahead, to juicing 24 lemons, we see effort expanding. The end product- nice, cold, homemade lemonade. If any ingredients were left out- the taste would be off. Same for us, skipping any part of intended ingredients to overcome would leave us weak. Our swords need to be ready for battle. Forward Friday! Are you prepared moving forward to overcome? Let’s be ready.
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