BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
In this scripture today, we find the apostle Paul writing to his associate and mentee Timothy while he was in a Roman prison. But in spite of Paul’s dismal circumstances, his primary concern was not about expediting his trial, but rather his concern for Timothy and his ministry, since Paul is certain that when his own death comes, God will have an eternal home waiting for him in heaven. He was certain that he had what it took. Every believer should be certain that they are in good standing with God to receive all that God has promised to those who believe.
Paul admonishes Timothy that no matter what you are faced with, never be ashamed of the gospel, but instead persevere in faith and obedience. He then instructs that in the last days, there will be a devastating turn away from God as men glorify sin, and that those who harm the ministry of Christ should be avoided. Paul uses words—such as “endure” and “teach”—to Timothy to teach others who will be qualified to spread the good news to the captive and the broken hearted.
The word says that the scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This means that God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny through His word. That means you are well able to do what He has called upon you to do. You can accomplish your goals. You can fulfill your dreams. You have the ideas, the creativity and talent to be successful. You can overcome any obstacle. You have been armed with strength for every battle.
Not only has God equipped you, but He is also working on your behalf. He has already gone before you and lined up the right people and the right opportunities. You have everything you need to live a victorious life. You were created to excel.
You may not have seen it in the past, but if you’ll stay in faith, it’s just a matter of time—victory is on its way. Don’t settle for where you are. Don’t have a weak, defeated mentality. Have the attitude that you are anointed. You can accomplish my dreams. You can overcome any obstacle. You are empowered by the creator of the universe. You are thoroughly equipped for every good work that God has called on you to do. Remind yourself—you have what it takes.
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