Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 2

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 2 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” As we begin today’s devotional, let us remember that our passage is addressing women who are learning from the instruction of false teachers. Not only are they learning from false teachers however, but they are always learning. Much in life is a consistent ebb and flow of  information being disseminated throughout our society. Nevertheless, my question is, to whom have we given permission to teach us or speak into our life? As useful as information is, not all information leads us to the right place. Yes, learning some things may be profitable or even productive in some areas of life, but, there is one particular learning that leads us to a place of knowing the truth. High value is often placed on our ability to learn. In Greek the word for...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”   As we begin another weekly devotional, I want to encourage us to take a moment and reflect on this thought. How does one be ever learning but never knowing? It is a waste of time, energy, and effort to devote oneself to learning things though never accomplishing anything. As we meditate on this text, Paul is addressing women who were allowing themselves to be deceived by false teachers. These women, despite their quest to learn, lacked the ability to know the truth. Is it upsetting to think of someone we know seeking to know the truth, but the truth they pursue perpetually eludes them? Although our devotional passage speaks of the women being deceived, the truth is, all of us can find ourselves in the same state as these silly women. So much...

Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 5

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Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 5 Psalm 119: 9-16 As we come to the conclusion of another weekly devotional, we see how important it is to place God’s word in our hearts. Much time is spent studying God’s word but what are we doing with the information?  It is good to have a head knowledge regarding God’s word. The Scripture teaches us in II Timothy 2: 15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” We should study God’s word; however, it is when the word transfers from our head to our hearts that we experience a greater impact from the word. It is only when the word is in our hearts that we experience its transforming power. The close of our devotional text says, “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I...

Where Have You Placed God’s Word—Day 4

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Where Have You Placed God’s Word—Day 4 Psalm 119: 9-16 “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” While attending a pastor’s conference, the conference host shared a story about his neighbor’s house having caught fire. Being concerned, he stopped and spoke with his neighbor while the firemen were giving attention to the fire. His neighbor began to share that they had an opportunity to gather precious items, and despite his loss, he was fortunate to retrieve the family’s Bible. The gentleman continued, “This Bible has been in my wife’s family for a long time, and it means a lot to their family.” Let me ask you, do you treasure your bible? As I consider that question, it occurs to me that whatever we “treasure” has a place in our heart. We don’t have to force ourselves to want to make room for it; because we value it, our hearts embrace it...

Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 2

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Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 2 Psalm 119: 9-16 Our devotional text for meditation this week asks a critical question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” The writer immediately provides the readers with the answer, “By keeping it, according to Your word.” Our selected text asks a question regarding a young man who has made poor decisions, has limited knowledge and on top of that is full of hot passions. How many of us can attest to being just like this young man? We have made poor decisions, lived with limited knowledge and were full of hot passions. Some of us are still living this way. This young man desires to be clean, but his ways are already filthy. Charles Spurgeon writes, “Here, then is the difficulty, first of beginning aright, and of continuing in the right till perfection is ultimately reached.” Question: How do we make something right that is already so...