I sat in church this morning listening to the sermon. It was as if our pastor wrote it with me in mind. His instruction was for us to listen when God tugs at our heartstrings. I’ve known for a while now that God has a purpose for my life – I just wasn’t sure what. As a matter of fact, God has a purpose for all of our lives. However, very few of us tune in to hear the Message. This was God’s instruction for Jeremiah when God called him as a boy to be a prophet.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Paul tells us:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30
In the past year, God has impressed upon my heart that I should become a teacher of His Word. I don’t feel qualified to be a teacher; but, Jeremiah didn’t feel qualified to be a prophet either! Moses didn’t feel qualified to lead His people. If these great men didn’t feel qualified but they stepped up and did what God asked; I can certainly step up to the challenge as well. I am starting my first teachings with my posts.
We must not be afraid of the Bible. This is the wonderful legacy that God has protected and made available to you and me. It is our “how to” guide for life. You need to know that every word in the Bible is put exactly where God placed it.
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. 2 Timothy 4:16-17
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
In Jesus’ own words when He was praying to the Father for His disciples:
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. John 17:8
These are just a few verses where we are told that all Scripture is God-inspired. How powerful this knowledge is when you read the Bible. To know that we are reading God’s instructions for our lives makes me feel very humble.
I hope that you visit often so that we can learn lessons of grace together.
Dear Lord, please continue to touch my heart and the hearts of all your earthly disciples. Thank you for giving me the longing to learn your Word. Please continue to use me to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen