Let’s do something good

All Scripture is “God-breathed” and is useful for teaching, convincing, restoring and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be ready and fully equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 How do you get prepared to do good works? What is it that makes you able to accomplish them? Scripture! The Word of God. Scripture originates from God, and is inspired by Him. The word inspired translates a word that literally means “God breathed.” God has breathed into the scripture. Like the air around us we feel it more than see it, and yet it provides us with something we need to live. Like the wind it moves around us, sometimes gently and sometimes with great force. Filled with the breath of God, scripture teaches and convinces us, restores and trains us in righteousness. Righteousness simply means that we are accepted by God. We are His children, made “right” to him. Scripture shows us we are forgiven, but also shows us how to take the love that God has given us and translate it into doing good. The wrongs and failures in our life are no more, forgiven through Jesus and gone. We are now able to do the good things God intended for us, and through scripture He makes us ready to do them. So… let’s do something good!

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Power & love

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 Do you ever think about being a hero or doing gallant and fearless deeds? Overcoming impossible odds, rescuing someone, standing bravely in the face of danger? We sometimes imagine ourselves this way, like the star of a movie or book, and win adoration and respect for our daring victories. God says this is exactly who we can be. We are given courage to face problems and obstacles in our daily life, we can be enduring in any circumstance, we can be bold when standing for what is right. But this is a different kind of bravery. This is bravery that comes from knowing God is standing with us. His power is inside us and all around us. We can be bold, not because of our own strength but because we are accompanied by the Creator of all things. Besides His power, He gives us love and self-discipline. We have clarity of thought and purpose through Him. Most of all, our heroic feats are accomplished through love, God’s love in us and that love flowing out to others. Be daring in God’s power, and fearless in His love.

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I used to be timid

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 What are we afraid of? I don’t just mean in reference to the verse, but in our everyday lives. What is the thing that makes us afraid, that we run or cower from? It might be a person we don’t want to see, a situation we dread happening, or even a memory that haunts us. God never wants us to run and hide in fear. There are times He may shelter us from things but we are never to panic, because He is looking after us. Not being timid means we always are willing to stand up to do what is right, or stand up against what is wrong. Not being timid means we own up to our failures, and boldly show God’s love and forgiveness by confessing them. Not being timid means we love like crazy even when we don’t feel like it. Not being timid means we can wake up and shout to the new day “my faith is in the God of all creation and He loves me.” Not being timid means we ask God for every opportunity to serve Him, and then we eagerly and fearlessly pursue each one. Not being timid means we know God is all-powerful and yet loves us completely. We jump recklessly into His love, headlong into His power, and leave fear behind. Not being timid means we believe the Holy Spirit is with us and inside us, and through Him we can face anything.

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