Second Timothy ranks in the top three of my favorite books in the Bible. The Apostle Paul writes this letter to Timothy as his mentor and friend. This book is just four short chapters packed with solid instruction and encouragement.
Chapter three emphasizes knowledge and responsibility. Paul gives instructions to Timothy to obey during the “last days.” Timothy was to turn away from false teachers, gods, and a whole list of negative characteristics. Verses 10-12 emphasize following the right spiritual leaders and that God’s truth is the only way to defeat Satan’s lies.
Warren Wiersbe says, “Evil men and deceivers are going to get worse and worse. They will deceive more and more. Why? Because they are being deceived by Satan! In these last days, there will be more deception and imitation, and the only way a believer will be able to tell the truth from the false is by knowing the Word of God.”
Friends, take to heart what John Piper says; “Satan devotes 168 hours a week trying to deceive you. Do you think you can maintain a renewed mind with a ten-minute glance at God’s book once a day?”
Know that “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.
Lord, Your Word is life. How grateful we are for Your Truth! Father, grant us all a great thirst for the Scriptures! Take the blinders off so we know and separate ourselves from what is false and devote ourselves to what is true. May our actions and words honor You. In Jesus name, Amen.