2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 New Living Translation 16 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. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
The word of God is powerful, uplifting and encouraging. How many times could we count when we had nothing else to hold on to but the Word and it saw us through? His promises are true and forever settled in the heavens. Thank God for his word!
But God's word can also be challenging, conflicting, and demanding. His word challenges us to live above the base things of this world. It's in direct conflict with the ideals and spirit of this world. It demands adherence to its precepts and its commands!
God's Word is all about change. We would not or could not change it to meet our wishes or our earthly desires. However, it must change us so that we become the Christian that his words beckon us to be.
Don't be turned away by the Word of God, but be honored that God thinks enough of you to encourage you to be more than you could ever be on your own.
I want to be right, so I don't get left! Richard Hoffman Pastor, First Pentecostal Church