2 Timothy 3:15-17 - How To Use The Sword.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NLT) You have been taught 
the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they 
have given you the wisdom to receive the 
salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful 
to teach us what is true and to make us realize 
what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when 
we are wrong and teaches us to do what is 
right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his 
people to do every good work. 


   During a bus tour along the coast of 
Spain a few years ago, our guide told us to watch 
for flamingos. I searched the landscape and saw 
nothing but a flock of white, long-legged birds in 
the distance. They looked like the egrets we 
have around Sonoma County, which stand like 
elegant, slender statues along the roads as they 
watch for frogs or lizards to come close enough to 
snatch in their spear-like beaks. 
   Well, those white, long-legged birds in 
the distance were flamingos. They weren't at all 
like the bright-pink birds I've seen in zoos or 
the plastic version someone might buy to stick 
on the front lawn. Why? Because flamingos are 
what they eat. While most flamingos eat (pink) 
shrimp, these lovely white flamingos dined on small 
fish and frogs. 
   That got me thinking. We are what we eat, 
   When we eat junk food, we often lack 
energy because we're not giving ourselves the best 
fuel. The same is true of what we feed ourselves 
spiritually. What do we read and watch and listen to? 
Whose ideas influence our thinking? What's the 
first thing on our minds when we wake up, or the 
last thing we think about before we go to sleep? 
We have choices about what we focus on each 
day, and those choices affect us deeply. 
   Scripture is clear that the Word of God 
is powerful. Second Timothy 3 tells us that 
Scripture can teach us truth and help us discern what 
we need to change in our lives. It turns us in 
the right direction and prepares us for the 
service God has in store for us. What a wonderful 
   When we dine on God's Word, we are being 
transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. As we 
nourish ourselves in the Scriptures, we're filling 
ourselves up with His truth and learning how to live a 
life that pleases Him. And just as the flamingos' 
diet has a visible effect that's evident to all 
who see them, saturating ourselves in God's Word 
will change the way others see us, too - because 
they will see Him shining through. 
   Lord God, forgive me for listening too 
closely to other voices when I have Your very Word 
in front of me. May I always remember that I am 
affected by what I feed my mind and heart. Thank You 
for giving me Your powerful Word, which can 
teach me, change me, and equip me. [Earth Psalms 
by Francine Rivers] 


   God's Book is a veritable storehouse of 
promises - over seven thousand of them. Not just 
eloquently worded thoughts that make you feel warm all 
over, but verbal guarantees in writing, signed by 
the Creator Himself, in which He declares He 
will do or will refrain from doing specific 
   But, are all seven-thousand-plus promises 
ours to claim? I mean, am I free to choose any 
one of them and believe it's for me here in my 
situation today? 
   Many - dare I say most? - of the 
scriptural promises are ours to claim. But all? Hardly. 
To claim "every promise in the Book" could be 
disillusioning at best, disastrous at worst. 
   To begin with, some promises are uniquely 
historical in nature. They were made to specific 
individuals in a particular era and fit only that unique 
combination. Take this one for example: "Your wife shall 
have a son." I can just see some well-meaning 
husband "claiming the promise" of Genesis 18:10. 
After all, "it's in the Book!" 
   At the risk of being a party pooper, I 
recommend a closer look at that promise. It was given 
specifically to Abraham, and it came as a direct 
fulfillment of God's earlier covenant with Abraham (Gen. 
12:1"3) in which He promised to make of him "a great 
nation." That promise of a son was uniquely Abraham 
and Sarah's to claim. 
   There are also conditional promises  
words of assurance offered to those who first 
fulfill their part of the arrangement. The promise 
is absolutely reliable, but it is linked to a 
condition. An example? You claim God's promise to 
direct your steps to lead you clearly into His 
will. After all, Proverbs 3:6 says, "He will make 
your paths straight," plain and simple. 
   Wait a minute. Check out the context: 
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart  do not 
lean on your own understanding. In all your ways 
acknowledge Him [our part], and He will make your paths 
straight [God's promise]." 
   Why do I make such a big deal of all 
this? Because there are numerous, pure-hearted, 
trusting people in the Body who latch on to such 
promises and build their hopes high, only to suffer 
great pain later in the backwash of 
   In case all this is making you feel a 
little shaky, I need to reaffirm that most of those 
seven thousand promises are still ours to count 
on. Need a few classic examples? Isaiah 
26:3"4; Romans 8:32, 38"39; Galatians 6:9; Psalm 
37:7, 23, 28; 2 Corinthians 4:16"18; Hebrews 
6:10. Look 'em up. 
   Take your stand on the promises of God. 
Thousands of 'em are right there, waiting to be used. 
   Make sure you're standing on the promises 
and not outside the premises. [Chuck Swindoll 





1st of 28: Divine Dining: 
2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
11th of 28 The Law of God: 
12th of 28 The Sabbath: 
13th of 28 The Church: 
14th of 28 The Gift of Prophecy: 
15th of 28 Stewardship: 
16th of 28 Marriage and the Family: 
Live ongoing series in progress.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred