2 Timothy 3:10–17 (ESV)
All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured;
yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you
have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out
by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
It is obvious that Paul had to endure
persecutions and sufferings and it was the Lord who “rescued me.” Here we are roughly 2,000 years later, living in a country that we can’t even spell persecution. We can spell it, but we have not really experienced it. Yet
Paul gets personal with you and me and tells us that we are to expect persecution. “12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and
being deceived.” What are we to do? We are to not give up being a Christian, but to continue to live as a Christian and hold fast to the Word of God. The Church today is under attack by chiseling away at the Word of God. The world
is questioning the Bible and saying things are ok like abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, living together, etc... The ways of the world are reinterpreting God’s Word against it’s meaning. Today’s reading makes a strong statement
and warning. Listen to this powerful verse: “16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust your Word, to study it and use it for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness. Help me to expect persecution, and to hold fast to your Word and to
be a living example. Forgive me when I fail, and help me to stay focused. Amen.