Welcome friends! I am beyond excited you are joining us on the first day of our four month challenge to memorize Scripture. Let's get started with our first verse:
The theme we are working through this month with our Scripture memory is renewing our minds.
These verses, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are some of my favorite verses and are absolutely foundational to our walk with the Lord and our growth as Christians. I often feel nervous or daunted by the task of leading, mentoring, and teaching women or even just the task of raising and training my own children. This verse reminds me that God has given us His words in the Bible, and as a result, I have everything I need to help and encourage others and also to search my own life to make sure I am living in accordance with Scripture.
In the first part of the verse, Paul tells us that all the writers of the entire Bible were divinely inspired by God that he literally "breathed" his words into the writers of Scripture. The next part of this verse tells us that all Scripture is useful for four things - teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
Teaching: Scripture teaches us God's truths and wisdom. We need these teachings as we go through our days and Scripture applies to all areas of our lives.
Rebuking: If we read the Bible in order to learn what it teaches us then we have to go the next step and let it apply to our lives. In other words, Scripture will highlight those areas of our lives that are not in line with God's truths.
Correcting: Our God is so gracious that when we are faced with sin in our lives, Scripture tells us how to correct it. Scripture is not useful if it simply points out sin without giving us the next step.
Training in righteousness: Scripture is the instruction manual, it outlines how to live as righteous believers in Jesus Christ. There is a sense of growth and progress just as if you were training for a race or for a new job.
Finally, verse 17 tells us what the point of the teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training is for . . . to be equipped for every good work that God has called you to do. God gives each of us a mission or a calling and through Scripture, we are equipped and made ready to fulfill that calling. What is it God has called you to do?
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I'm praying for each of you participating in this challenge. One of the best ways to memorize Scripture is to write it down (several times if necessary) and review it daily. We are also offering this amazing hand-lettered image from Nicole Baldridge Designs (IG: @nicolebaldridgedesigns) you can download to use as your lock screen.