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Looking Outward

"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction,

and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

It is easy in today's world to get lost in ourselves. We are told by many in popular culture to look inward for our true selves, connect with our inward feelings, fol

low our hearts, and discover our truth. While inward reflection can be helpful, the pendulum can swing too far.

Paul reminds young Timothy in a letter written almost 2000 years ago to look to the scriptures. While the Lord speaks to our hearts through His Holy Spirit, this passage reminds us that we should look outward and look to the scriptures. People recorded what the Lord was saying and doing for thousands of years. That record, inspired by God and confirmed by his Church, allows us to know what the Lord is like and what he would have us do.

When we look to the scriptures, we turn our eyes from ourselves to the creator of the universe who loved us enough to live among us, give his life for us, and is powerful enough to overcome death. There we find helpful teaching, compassionate correction, and practical training in how to live a life pleasing to the Lord. We discover this is only possible through faith in Jesus. But within that context, the scriptures help us to be good and do good.

Make it practical:

· Pick a time of day when your mind is sharp

· Say a short prayer that the Lord would help you understand and apply his holy word

· Read a short passage of scripture

· Ask the Lord what the passage is challenging you to be.

· Read the passage again

· Ask the Lord what the passage is challenging you to do.

· Thank the Lord for his goodness.

-Pastor William


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