God's Holy Fire: 'Useful Because of the Spirit'

Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed [Spirit-inspired] and useful one way or another — showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17 MESSAGE

Key Thought

As you open your Bible, imagine the Holy Spirit standing in front of soft clay or un-chiseled marble. As you read the Scriptures, the Spirit takes those Scriptures and molds you and shapes you into someone beautiful. That someone is still you — just as surely as clay shaped by a potter is still clay and chiseled marble is still marble — but as the Spirit works on you through the Word, you come to resemble Jesus, more and more. You are shaped by the Holy Spirit who uses that Scripture to fashion you for the life God has for you!

Today's Prayer

O Father, use your Word to make me useful as the Spirit molds and shapes me into the person you want me to be. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 MESSAGE —  Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked MESSAGE are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.