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Equiping man

by beatrice ofwona  
5/10/2010 / Christian Living

2tim 3:16-17 says that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

You are therefore being equipped so that you may be able to do God's work thoroughly. But in order for you to do this effectively, you must soak yourself in the Word. The Word exposes the intent of God for you and it is in Him that you find completeness. Once the Word has transformed you, then you too must preach it. In reading the Word, you acquire faith such that whatever you come across, you see God rather than yourself taking care of it.

The bible was inspired by God and was thus written by people from all walks of life inclusive of which were kings, peasants, physicians, tax collectors, musicians, scholars etc. For some like Jeremiah who had Baruch, God placed a writer besides them. The bible is the word of God and addresses all moods and all situations.

Firstly, the Bible equips you for ministry and enables you to do it effectively so you may be able to share that which you have learnt in your study by the power of the Holy Spirit. This way you can speak with authority and knowledge through the discernment of the Sprit of God. Through the witnesses of people that wrote their accounts by the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, you are also able to get credibility to share the same. You have been chosen for a task such as this. Ephesians 1:11 tells us that that we were chosen in Christ , having been pre-destined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

In him therefore, you discover your purpose because everything was started in him and finds purpose in him. Unfortunately most people do not know this and to fill this void, that was created by God and which can only be filled by the knowledge of Him through Christ, they turn to sensuality, passion, drugs or worldly possession. Others still seek popularity in celebrity status hoping to fill the emptiness that sticks to them like a second skin.

Secondly, the Bible strengthens your faith in God for in it you find numerous encouraging verses which therefore make your walk in Christ tolerable. For instance in the book of 1Corinthians 10:13 is the encouragement that God never gives you a burden too heavy; anything that He puts you through, He already knows that you can bear it. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Thirdly the Word is the armor of God that helps you fight in spiritual warfare, for our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against powers of the dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. In Ephesians 6:13-18, we learn that the Bible is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit. This must be combined with prayer in order to win the war. The devil never ever gives up on toppling you and this makes it important that you remain armed all the time, by daily in-filling yourself with the word and praying for strength.

By abiding in His word, He deals with your situations; you then learn the truth which sets you free. If you have to be complete, you have to pass through Christ who then gives you the agenda of your purpose here on earth. Eternity is dependant in your stay here on earth. Unfortunately some people reach to the end of their lives on earth without ever knowing the purpose for which they were created. Not you though because you can live by deliberately exercising spiritual disciplines that make you align yourself to God. You can also choose to know God more through discipleship, ministry and finally missions.

Go ye into the world; the more you talk about God, the more you will know about Him through Jesus Christ.
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May these words (sermons), from various men and women of God be a blessing to all.

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