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1 Timothy 1:12





12 And [kai] I thank [echo] [charis] Christ [Christos] Jesus [Iesous] our [hemon] Lord, [kurios] who [ho] hath enabled [endunamoo] me, [me] for [hoti] that he counted [hegeomai] me [me] faithful, [pistos] putting me [tithemi] into [eis] the ministry; [diakonia] KJV-Interlinear



12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service; NASB



Strength comes from truth.Faith comes from truth. Both strength and faith are not products of wishes or empty prayer or from the efforts of others, but are developed through the systematic daily study of the Word of God.


When you were born, what did you know?Nothing! You as an infant, had to be taught.As a toddler, as a teenager, even as a young adult, all that you know was from the teaching of others. There is nothing in your foundation of life that originated from yourself alone.


It is the same with your spiritual life, but somehow people get the idea that all they need do is read the Bible and the understanding automatically comes to them. Not so.


Remember one very important principle in life, this world, this life is not about you, but about the conflict between God and evil. And in that way, evil will do anything it can to derail your spiritual life, even to the point of confusing you through numerous translations of the Bible. Satan has no respect for God, for people, or the scriptures. And if he can skew things even just a little, he will, in order to bring confusion into your mind.


Therefore, your initial education in faith must come through a qualified instructor. And through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you will easily be able to distinguish the truth from the false. But only if you approach your studies objectively. Preconceived ideas and bias, even stubborn opinions can disrupt your entire spiritual life.


Paul was biased to the maximum initially in his life, but God trained him through the scriptures, and through the apostles, and brought him to the point that he became the leading authority in doctrine, in his generation.


Paul was self-righteous and a murderer, but grace turned his life around.


You presumably are not as hard core as Paul was initially in his life. How much easier would it be to turn your life around? Only your stubbornness, only your arrogance, only your indifference will prevent you from fulfilling this verse in your life.


Paul was strengthened through doctrine.Pauls faith grew through doctrine. Paul became useful to God, not because of his personality, not because of his do-gooder approach to life, not because of his opinion of himself, but because of the doctrine that was resident in his soul, and for no other reason.


Paul was taught, and Paul studied constantly, and in that regard, Paul was obedient to God. And because Paul was prepared, repeat because Paul was prepared (in Gods eyes, not in his own eyes), then he became useful for service in Gods plan, not Pauls.


Unfortunately the Christian world is filled with indifference, or opinion, and not enough students of the Word.Does God have to lean down and tell you to go to class every day?Does God have to push you, as a parent constantly reminds their children of their responsibilities?


As adults, each person is obligated to see for themselves, what they must be doing each and everyday of their life. And Bible study is the single priority that all should accept and make a part of their daily routine.


But how many ignore this?How many find excuses of not having the time?How many have other more important things to do?How many just don t get around to it?


And what in this life is more important that your preparation of the next life?


Paul had the drive, the desire, the hunger to be the most that he could be. Do you? And if not, why not?


Jesus Christ created this universe. Jesus Christ controls history.Jesus Christ is the all powerful, sovereign master over all that is.


How important would it be to you, for Him to think of you as worthy for His service, worthy for participation in His plan?


How much effort is it really, for you, without anyone looking over your shoulder, without anyone reminding you every day, to open up your Bible every day, to engage in a daily study every day, to keep a notebook of your own, so that you can learn and grow and become in Gods eyes (not in your eyes), a worthy person for participation in His plan for all of humanity?



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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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