Summary: Somehow, each year many of us start out on the right track, but loose our resolve and end up not keeping a single resolution we made. Am I the only one this applies to?
2 Timothy 3:14,16-17: But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,… All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Loose weight, exercise more, spend less, save more, keep the house cleaner, eat better. Do these sound familiar? They are examples of New Year’s resolutions. How many of us have decided to do one of these in the next year, loose weight, eat better, exercise more, or one of the others? I know I have so many times in the past. Somehow, each year many of us start out on the right track, but loose our resolve and end up not keeping a single resolution we made. Am I the only one this applies to?
I would suggest to you that this year, that you let God be your guide. Let Him show you how to improve your life in the upcoming year.
As Paul instructed Timothy in the verses above, “continue in the things which you have learned.”
2 Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Review the things you have learned and use them as a starting place and get into the Word of God for yourself and apply it to your life. Verse 17 of our opening Scripture plainly tells us that by doing this God will equip us for what He has called us to do.
2Timothy 3:17: that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God will not ask you to do something that He will not help you or prepare you to do, including studying His Word and drawing closer to God.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 1:16-21: 16: (I) do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18. the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19. and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20. which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21. far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Paul prayed this prayer for the Ephesians and it is something that applies to us today. It can also be a prayer that we pray for ourselves, so that we can grow in understanding of the things of God and show ourselves approved, “a worker who does not need to be ashamed.”
Let’s look at several of the specific things Paul prayed.
1. That God, would give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The Living Bible translates this verse as:
Verses 16-17: I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that he has done for you.
Father God wants you to truly understand everything, all we have to do is ask and He
will give us wisdom and revelation.
2. The eyes of our understanding be enlightened or opened to know what He has planned
for you as a believer. Another translation says verse 18 in this way.
Verse 18: the eyes of your heart will receive light. Then you will know the meaning of the hope of God’s invitation. You will know the riches of His glorious inheritance among the holy people.
3. Paul goes on to say he prays that they will understand God’s true power to help us
any time we need it.
The Living Bible puts it this way: Verses 19-21: I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven, far, far above any other king or ruler or dictator or leader. Yes, his honor is far more glorious than that of anyone else either in this world or in the world to come.