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Sincere people have been led astray because they did not study the Word themselves

Growing My Faith
Scripture – Part 4

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-15

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In this final devotional on scripture, I want to remind you how critical scriptural understanding is to grow our “most holy faith.” Many sincere people have been led astray because they did not take the time to study the Word themselves. These wayward folks relied too heavily on others to read it and tell them what to believe.

In the last couple of days, we have been looking at a simple approach to the study of God’s Word. I’ve been describing a scriptural journal, a notebook to record what you learn from your Bible study. In yesterday’s devotional we stopped with the recording of your answers to the questions created when you first read a passage of scripture.

Now you are ready to read the passage again with new understanding. In your notebook, under a second heading, record your observations and applications. These thoughts should reflect what impresses you about the passage. We should try to tune in to God’s Spirit on what He may be saying to us personally. In what ways can we apply the truths of these scriptures to our daily lives?

Once you have completed a study, be sure to transfer the major theme of your study to your table of contents. You will find this helpful when you want to retrieve a thought—months from now—that you need. This very discipline will also burn the truth deeper into your memory. As the Psalmist David wrote: “I hide God’s Word in my heart, so I don’t sin against God” (Psalm 119:11).

Father, bless my study of the Bible today and teach me in your ways. I pledge to live what I learn. In Jesus’ Name, amen.