I had a revelation this morning. I actually have a Bible verse that has rooted deep in my spirit as an overriding guideline in my life. Two of my foundation scriptures are Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him and John 6:68 Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. These two scriptures have held me steady through my darkest days and nights. They have carried me when I struggled to find direction and hope. I lean on these words because I know they are true. There is no other Savior and even when I feel frustrated with my life, I know I must find my answer within Him–in his ways and in his word.
But my revelation this morning is that I Timothy 4:12. Don`t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity is actually the go to verse in how I live my life. I reference it all the time–but until this morning I had not really focused on how strongly it affects my day-to-day actions.
I know I am not young anymore (yes, it is an understatement) but I remember reading it when I was young–even in my teens and I thought if I can walk in the wisdom of this verse I will go along way in becoming the kind of believer God and I want me to be! Have I achieved it? Not by a long shot, but the simple phrase “be an example to the believers” comes to my mind almost every day. It is like having a filter over my life in a good way.
Be an example in what I say is a tough one. Swearing was never allowed or modeled in my childhood home, and I tried to speak words of life to my children however at times my own words to myself were/are not always the words of a believer. Self doubt, self-criticism and insecurities are areas that I have struggled with–this scripture helps remind me that I need to be an example of the believer in my own self talk! It is one of my heart goals to speak life-giving words to those around me an area I am still working on.
Be an example in the way I live is easier to read than to practice. However it is an area where by faith we can do it. If we think living the Christian life is too hard then we are trying to do it without his help, and that is impossible. What a blessing it is to ask his for his wisdom, strength and insight in how he wants us to live our lives.
Be an example in your love can be challenging many times. My natural love falls short and then I struggle to love those I deem “difficult to love”. Usually my pride or a critical spirit roars their ugly head and the Holy Spirit gently reminds me of my need for the cross in my own salvation and I grow a bit deeper in my ability to love others. Living in the light of God’s love greatly assists me in these struggles.
Be an example in your faith is something I have learned to accept is a process. By his grace I actually can see where I have grown in this area. I also am stirred to believe him for more. As the Word of God works in my spirit (faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God) I know I will grow in my example in this area as well.
Being an example in purity outwardly I do not find too difficult, it is the need for renewing my mind and employing Philippians 4:6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, and right, and pure,and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. I confess to you I am working on this! Negative thoughts abound at times, but some how by the grace of the Holy Spirit he brings me back into alignment and most often it is because of I Timothy 4:12. I am so grateful for God`s presence in my life and how he shows me how to grow in each of these areas.
How about you? Have you discovered any life verses or foundation truths that you stand on in trials or troubles? Or do you have any scriptures that guard, guide and lead you through your Christian life? I would love to hear them! Because each of our relationships with our Heavenly Father is distinct and unique what strengthens you in your walk may be different from me, but we can always learn from each other.