Equipping the Saints

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"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Reflect

“I have a word from the Lord.”

“God sent me a revelation.”

“The Lord told me to tell you {insert message}.”

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? Sisters, we live in a world where wolves hide in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). Where prophetic ministries abound, are we showing discernment when we hear people speak like this? I often wonder why many of these so-called ministries thrive so much. How are they are so popular? Unfortunately, those that follow them don’t know God has given us everything we need in His Word.

The Scriptures are profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that we may be complete and equipped for every good work. Outside of the Holy Spirit that resides in us and God’s Word, we need nothing else to equip us to live this Christian life. These wolves gather followers that are either blind and deaf to sound doctrine, or refuse to listen to it, instead wanting their ears tickled (2 Timothy 4:3). They crave extra-biblical revelations, they raise their hands to a prophetic word of health, wealth, and prosperity over their lives, and they are taught to name it and claim it when it comes to material possessions. Scripture is not enough. If any of the previous mentioned prophecies, revelations, or supposed claims from the Lord do not line up with Scripture, then they are lies from the pit of hell.

Regarding the Reformation’s principle of Sola Scriptura, John MacArthur says, “Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture.” Sisters, His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3). We don’t need extra-biblical revelations; we don’t need a prophecy over our lives that Scripture never promised...we just need His Word. His precious Word equips us to completion.

Pray

Father, I pray that You will equip me to live this life you have called me to. Grant me discernment in spiritual matters and help me to bring everything I hear and read to Your Word for testing. I don’t want my ears tickled, Lord; I want to line myself with the truth of Your Word and that includes being more alert and aware of the unbiblical notions of those I expose myself to. Thank You that Your Word is profitable for my training in righteousness.

Your Turn

Sisters, I encourage you study the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. The Lord can and will open your eyes to know that everything you need to live this godly life is in already laid out in the Scriptures...you need only to ask Him. Dig deep into His Word. Learn different ways of implementing Bible study. For example: inductive study, topical study, or staying in one book of the Bible for an extended period. Know His Word, and you will less likely believe the wolves and their lies. You will be equipped!