2 Timothy 3:16 {GROW in His Word}

GrowLinkUpLinking up for an amazing Scripture study group with Vanessa, Kelsey, Faith, and Melissa: GROW in His Word.  It's a weekly Scripture study in which we use the acronym G-R-O-W.

G - Greet - Welcome God's presence into your study with prayer
R - Read - Read the verse a few times, both silently and aloud
O - Observe - Ask yourself what stood out to you while you read the verse
W - Write - Write out the verse, note your observations, and share a prayer for this verse



This past week's verse was 2 Timothy 3:16.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

All Scripture...
This is the part the really stood out to me the most. Although it's only two words, they are so very powerful! Think about it - ALL Scripture; not just some of it. Don't pick and choose which verses to live by. It is telling us that we must grow in His Word - ALL of His Word, not leaving out any Scripture. Wow!

is breathed out by God...
God is telling us what to do. He is showing us the way to live out His will and to succumb to His glory - to really reach out and change our way of life to follow His teachings. We are blessed to learn from our Creator, our God. How amazing is that!  

and profitable for teaching...
No matter what stage of life you're currently in, all Scripture can be used to teach - to teach others the way that you've found, to teach yourself how to be more Christ-like, centered, and focused.  I learn from Scripture every.single.day. And regardless of what verse it is, it speaks volumes to me and I am blessed to truly learn from God and to deepen my relationship with Him. No one else can do it for you - YOU have got to learn from His teachings. 

for reproof...
I am very self-centered in my faith and strive to work at it every day. So with this comes the idea of repentance. God graciously forgives us for our sins and welcomes us into His heart with open arms. So should we, too, do this unto others. Do not cast blame and doubt upon fellow sinners. Instead, welcome them back to God with open arms, just as God has done and will continue to do for you.

for correction...
I love how each of these sections of this verse go hand in hand. Correction continues from where I left off with reproof. But I want to take it a step further and really look at myself with this one. In my current state of my faith and relationship with Him, I am called to use Scripture for correction in my own life - in my own mind. When I think I'm right...WRONG! I turn to Scripture to focus my life to be Christ centered and to correct my ill-thinkings and actions.

and for training in righteousness.
Learn to do His will, not yours. Righteousness - the state of moral perfection required by God to enter Heaven. The ultimate goal. The reason to learn all Scripture. Using Scripture, we are able to train throughout our lifetime to live by God's Word and to sculpt our image in His eyes. We are able to truly become Christ-like and enter into His kingdom upon His calling.  This is truly glorious!


What a perfect verse to begin this link-up! It truly starts you at the perfect place - to obtain the perfect mindset to continue this journey of deepening our faith and relationship with our Creator! I admit, I am guilty of picking and choosing which Scripture to study.  But God calls to use all Scripture in shaping my life as a Christian. This definitely opens my eyes that my study needs to be all inclusive. My study needs to get much deeper and centered on where God is leading me. This can and will happen.

This also leads to where my heart has been turning towards: the Bible. Let me explain. My heart has been yearning to truly read through the bible and actually learn what it is saying. I want to have a better understanding of what God is asking me to do. Yes, I attend church and listen to God's Word weekly, but I truly want to understand better. I see an extensive bible study in my future, really learning each book of the bible and knowing who is speaking and to whom he or she is speaking, as well as the time each book was set. I want this. I need this. And it'll happen. Overtime ends this month, so come September, I know what will be utilizing my time. Not only will I have my home back (70 hour work weeks do not allow for much time to devote to maintaining a household), but I will become organized and will begin the next chapter of my journey of faith.


Dear Lord,
Thank you for allowing my eyes to open further and to be set upon Your Word. Please allow me to fully utilize Scripture to deepen my relationship with You and to GROW closer to You. Thank you for the blessings that are the women who have created this opportunity for others to grow in your Word together. Without them, this experience would not be the same. Thank you for such an amazing community of Your followers that have come together through this link-up where studying Your will is a priority. I pray that you continue teaching me to dive into Your teachings and to develop my understanding even further than what's on the surface. Please continue to speak to my heart and teach me to follow the path to righteousness so that I will enter Your kingdom when You come calling my name.
In Your name, I pray.
Amen.

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6 comments:

Kelsey Ferguson said...

Oh Bri! I loved reading your reflection! Christians get a bad rap (and sometimes rightly so) for picking and choosing what verses they follow, but this verse is clear that ALL SCRIPTURE is from God!

Lately, I have been feeling the same way about reading the WHOLE Bible. I feel like there is so much I'm missing. So many little stories that I have no idea about that could shed light onto some verses that I find confusing. If you are ever looking for an accountability partner, I definitely could use some encouragement! :)

I'm so glad God brought you to this study to GROW closer to Him and to your sisters in Christ!

Thanks for blessing us with your words today!!

Melissa @ Numbering Our Days said...

Brianna, I am so thankful you shared what God laid on your heart with us! "But God calls to use all Scripture in shaping my life as a Christian. This definitely opens my eyes that my study needs to be all inclusive. My study needs to get much deeper and centered on where God is leading me. This can and will happen." <--- What a challenge! I love it. I will be praying for you as you begin to dig in deep and follow where He leads! So thankful for you!

alyssa zech said...

I really hope you share what that total Bible Bible study looks like! It would be an inspiration!

Happy GROW Tuesday, glad it brought me your way :)

Vanessa said...

Bri!! I am so unbelievably thankful for God pushing us to start this link up and study. I pray for you as you seek Him further and answer His desperate call to your heart to follow Him deeper into His word. If you don't already have a study bible, I highly recommend picking one up. People hound on denominations and get hung up on how they divide us, but I love my Lutheran study bible - I love that these scholars who have studied the word, the original greek and hebrew, who have poured over the word in study and prayer, have written it all down within my bible, so when a verse is confusing or I'm unsure of context, I have these guides to help me along. God tells us that it is important to turn to the wise for help, so we should always remember that it's okay if we don't understand a verse on our own - God has given us fellowship, church and the wise among us to help us! Much love to you today!!!

Faith @ Artistic Hands of Faith said...

"God graciously forgives us for our sins and welcomes us into His heart with open arms. So should we, too, do this unto others. Do not cast blame and doubt upon fellow sinners. Instead, welcome them back to God with open arms, just as God has done and will continue to do for you." <--I loved this! This is what I got from reading this passage as well.

Thanks so much for sharing with us! I'm so blessed to have read your post and am happy to grow in the Lord's word with you. :-)

I also feel the need to really dig deeper into God's word and am thankful He laid this study upon our hearts, He's not only ministering to others through is but our own hearts as well, which I love. :-)

Courtney said...

Hi, Brianna! Nice to meet you - your blog is SO cute! :-) I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through this link-up! I love what you had to say - I feel you, for sure! I am right there with you, needing and wanting to dive deeper into The Bible to have a better understanding. This really stood out to me - "ALL Scripture; not just some of it. Don't pick and choose which verses to live by. It is telling us that we must grow in His Word - ALL of His Word..." I have definitely been guilty of using the Bible to meet certain needs without completely immersing myself in ALL Scripture - isolating certain verses that seem to contain the answers I've been looking for. Lately, I've been working on letting go to allow God to teach and guide me in His own way, and, honestly, it has been changing my life!

~ Courtney

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