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But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
I love Paul's challenge to Timothy. Paul roots the power of Scripture to make us wise, give us faith, correct, teach, prepare, and equip us in two important places. Place one: the powerful example of a Spirit-filled mentor or parent. Place two: the Scriptures, which he describes as holy and inspired (God-breathed or Spirit-inspired). In other words, people formed by the Spirit and the Spirit of God formed word are the source of the Scripture's power. Why would we ever neglect letting the "sword of the Spirit" be at work in our lives?
Almighty God, thank you for speaking to us in words. As I place myself under the guidance of the words of Scripture, dear Father I pray that the Holy Spirit uses them to form me into a person who is increasingly more like Jesus each day. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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