Life often challenges us in unexpected ways. Sometimes, we discover hidden strengths within ourselves that we didn’t know existed. That’s exactly what happened to my mother on a seemingly ordinary day in our small town.
It was a sunny afternoon when my mom, adorned with a two-carat diamond necklace, found herself walking through an alley. Little did she know that three teenage boys on bicycles had their eyes on her precious possession. One of them swiftly dismounted and reached out to snatch the necklace. But my mother, fueled by a fiery determination, fought back.
In a daring move, she dropped her packages and began to vigorously swing her purse at the would-be-robber. The other boys, taken aback by her unexpected resistance, circled nervously, unsure of how to react. “You little rascals!” she exclaimed, punctuating her words with empowering swings of her purse. Startled and intimidated, the boys retreated on their bicycles, leaving my mother victorious.
Months later, my mother decided to have her cherished diamond necklace cleaned. To her astonishment, the jeweler delivered heartbreaking news: the diamond was a fake. Uncertainty loomed over us. Had my father unknowingly bought a counterfeit gem, or had he intentionally deceived my mother? With my father no longer here, the truth remained a mystery.
This incident taught me a profound lesson: our beliefs shape our actions and reactions, personally, spiritually, and emotionally. The same applies to our perception of the Bible. In his letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV).
The Greek word used here, “theopneustos,” carries a deeper meaning than simply being “inspired.” It signifies that every word within the original text of the Bible originated from the heart of God, breathed into the hearts of humans so that they could accurately transcribe His message. The Bible, in its entirety, stands as a testament to divine inspiration, impervious to the erasing hand of time or the doubts of any man, religion, or belief system.
Throughout our seventeen-year journey as Girlfriends in God, we have consistently emphasized the importance of God’s Word as the ultimate truth. Like a guiding light, it illuminates our path, providing us with unwavering direction. Psalm 119:105 affirms this, stating, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Unfortunately, in recent years, I have witnessed a rise in the distortion of Scripture. It pains me to see what was once considered wrong being deemed right, and vice versa. It breaks God’s heart when His people selectively ignore parts of His Truth that do not align with their desires. Let us pledge never to be among those who willingly disregard His Word.
Believing in the truth of the Bible transforms our lives. It shapes the way we live, react, and act. Clinging to this truth empowers us to navigate life’s challenges with unwavering faith and resilience.
As we bring this chapter of Girlfriends in God to a close, let us remember Paul’s cautionary words in 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
Dear friends, let us remain steadfast in our devotion to God’s Word, for it is our anchor amidst a sea of shifting beliefs. Let it guide us, empower us, and remind us of our true identity in Christ. Together, as Girlfriends in God, let us embark on a lifelong journey of unwavering faith and love for the Word.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the incredible women who make up Girlfriends in God. May Your blessings overflow upon each of them, exceeding their wildest dreams, as promised in Ephesians 3:20. We cherish and love them deeply, but You love them even more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Reflect on your life and consider how believing in the truth of the Bible has influenced your actions, reactions, and overall demeanor.
Read Psalm 119:105 and meditate on its message. How does God’s Word guide and illuminate your path?
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