Daily Bible Engagement

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Five Ways Scripture Impacts Our Lives

by
Kent Kranning

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

When I think about the impact Scripture has had on my life, it’s hard to fully capture that in a few words. Having grown up in the church, I’ve had seasons where the Word came alive and other times when it felt like dry bones. But the greatest experiences I’ve had in interacting with God‘s Word have been when I’ve sensed Him speaking to me. 

Of course, there are verses that teach and train me and those that rebuke or correct me. There are times when I feel my life is in sync with what God has for me and other times there are portions of Scripture that I would prefer to skip. But my most meaningful experiences with God’s Word have been when I’ve felt as if I was reading a letter from God to me for that specific day. Regardless of the chapter or verse, I’ve sensed God giving me something that I will need, even if I can’t see it in that moment.  

I’m currently reading through 2 Chronicles. Even amidst Old Testament stories I’ve read before, I can sense the LORD giving me counsel for the day ahead. It’s amazing how God can touch my day in a specific way, even through an obscure passage, if my ears are open and my heart is teachable. The Bible is not just a collection of ancient stories or teachings. It’s the living, breathing, active Word from my Creator who knows exactly what I will need today.  

2 Timothy 3:16-17 outlines five ways that God’s Word impacts our lives: 

  • Teaching — Scripture teaches us about God and how we’re created to live in relationship with Him.
  • Rebuking — Scripture rebukes us by confronting our sin and judging our thoughts and attitudes.
  • Correcting — Scripture corrects us and redirects our lives to live in obedience to God. 
  • Training — Scripture trains us in godliness as we submit to God’s guidance in our life. 
  • Equipping — Scripture equips us for the “good work” God designed for us to do in His Kingdom.

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. How have you experienced the Holy Spirit using God’s Word to give you what you will need for that day?
  2. How has the Holy Spirit used God’s Word to teach, rebuke, correct and train you? What are some examples?
  3. How has the Scripture equipped you for the “good work” God’s planned for you?  
  4. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a receptive heart and mind as He continues using God’s Word to shape and equip your life.

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Luke 10:38-42
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