1 Timothy 4:16 (KJV) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
As Linda grew in her walk with the Lord, she realized that the more of God’s word she understood, the more it purified her, and the result was a closer walk with God. For example, Linda used to make promises without fulfilling them, and she didn’t take her words very seriously. But as she continued to learn the word, she realized that she was not living in God’s perfect will by being unfaithful with her words. As she adjusted and became more truthful, she found that the power of God could now be expressed through the words of her mouth.
One evening, she was sitting outside near the car porch when her sister drove in. Because of the excitement of seeing her, her sister forgot to engage the auxiliary brake before exiting the car. As soon as she came out of the car, the car started moving away and was heading toward a nearby wall with increasing speed because the place was slopy. Linda simply said “I command you to stop”, and instantly, the car stopped. This was one of the many examples of how God’s power could now be expressed through Linda’s words because her tongue was now sanctified.
In today’s Bible verse, we see Apostle Paul telling Timothy that by continuing in the doctrine [of Christ], he would save himself and those who hear him. It was by continuing in The Doctrine that Linda’s tongue was saved and was now made a vessel that could give expression to the power of God.
Any believer who does not pay attention to sound teaching will live a life that is not truly saved from the power and dominion of sin. After accepting Christ, It is by receiving the engrafted word that our souls are saved from the entanglements of old sins (see James 1:21).
Go into today remembering to pay attention to sound teaching.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you pay attention to sound teaching and lose appetite for any teaching that is not sound.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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