“From The Inside Out” ( 2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Every inspired Scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, or for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, so that the man who belongs to God may be efficient and equipped for good work of every kind.”

 

The Word of God enables us to “be efficient and equipped for good work.” The Word teaches us the Truth and shows us error; it reforms and disciplines us. “The Word of God is alive and active. It cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the place where life and spirit, joints and marrow, divide. It sifts the purposes and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)

 

The Word is not just written information on pages in a book; it is the very breath of God. The Word enters us through sight and hearing and changes us through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit who enables us to comprehend its truth and amend our lives.

 

Stay in the Word of God. Don’t rely on your memory of sermons, of commentaries, of secondhand exposure to it. Rather, read it for yourself. Study the Word; allowing God to transform you from the inside out.