September 24, 2014
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)As Paul writes to Timothy he is giving him his final words of encouragement, knowing that he may never see him again. Paul does not give him many words of human wisdom or personal knowledge instead he refers his younger friend to the Scriptures. Paul knew that no amount of human wisdom can come close to the power and authority of the Word of God. As we continue to follow the Lord for His purposes here at Grace Point, may we constantly be reading and studying the Bible both personally and corporately.
6In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. 7The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. 13The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. 14He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 15The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils. 16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. Psalm 18:6-16
What a beautiful picture David paints for us here of the Lord God Almighty, mighty to save. His power and presence makes the mountains tremble, yet he reaches down and gently lifts the head of the fallen warrior.
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17
Do you know God in this way?
Power of the Holy Spirit
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
We have a weapon that we so often ignore, the Sword of the Spirit. We tend to think of the Sword of the Spirit as an offensive weapon that is to be used when we encounter Satan’s snares. However the writer to the Hebrews reminds us that the Bible, when used by the Holy Spirit, is a powerful instrument of conviction for our own souls.