All Scripture is Useful ~ Sunday Devotion
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is useful. Do you use it? Do you apply it to your life? When you read the Bible, do you ask how you can apply it to the life you’re living right now? I’m reminded of the verse in Hebrews that tells us God’s Word is living and active. Although it was written years ago, it applies to you and me today.
I have some notes in my Bible that clarify the four ways all Scripture has purpose in our lives:
- Teaching – what is right
- Rebuking – what is not right
- Correcting – how to get right
- Training – how to live right
When you read the Bible, you learn what is right, what is not right, how to get right when you (like me) have done something against His will, and how to live right. I’ve found this to be true in how I approach my fitness. First and foremost, my approach had to be faith-focused, so I went to His Word for guidance. Then, I had to obey the instructions that I found.All scripture is useful for living. In this space, I help you find motivation from God's Word to live an active and healthy life. #FaithAndFitness #FitAndFree Click To Tweet
Teaching: 1 Corinthians 10:31 advises that what is right is to do all things, even eat and drink, in a way that brings glory to God. The right way to approach my health and fitness is to do it in a way that glorifies God and keeps Him first in my life.
Rebuking: 1 Corinthians 6:12 tells me that while all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial. This means you must become a detective of the unique body God entrusted to you and honor it accordingly.
Correcting: To get right, we must follow Him and leave behind those things that keep us in bondage. In Deuteronomy 2:3, God told Moses and the Israelites it was time to stop circling the mountain and turn north. Just the same for us, it’s time to stop circling the mountain of diets, gimmicks, and quick fixes and turn north. Leave that life behind and follow Him to freedom.
Training: To live right, according to Hebrews 12:1, you and I must throw off sin, keep our eyes focused on Jesus and run our own race, the race He has marked out specifically for each of us.
As you can see, all Scripture is useful and can be applied to any area of our lives. In this space, I help you apply God’s Word to your health and fitness.
Action Step: When you open God’s Word this week, ask Him to make it come alive to you. Put it into action and live it.
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