Today is July 29, 2019

Verse of the Day — 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God . . .


Every word in the Bible is important.


The English word “inspired” used here is actually a translation of two Greek words used together. They are “God” and “breathed” and mean “God-breathed” out every word of the Bible. The doctrine of inspiration/inerrancy of Scripture, based on verses like this one, gives us an excellent base from which to study God’s Word for daily life application.

. . . inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; —2 Timothy 3:16

Divine inspiration means you can trust God’s Word over everything else. It means there are no contradictions. It means Scripture contains the objective revelation of God and is the basis of authority. Even though human authors wrote the words, the Bible originated as an action of God.

. . . no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. —2 Peter 1:20-21


Dear Compass,

My husband and I are both Christians but still have severe disagreements from time to time. Sometimes I believe his inability to grasp simple spiritual truths (that could end the argument) is because he is blinded by Satan, or even possessed. How should I go about rebuking Satan so he will leave my husband alone?


There are plenty of wives who think Satan lives in their husbands. And plenty of husbands who think the same about their wives. But it’s unlikely that any are possessed. There are no Church Age references to Christians being possessed because the power of Christ in us is greater than Satan:

. . . greater is He (God) who is in you than he (Satan) who is in the world. —1 John 4:4

You should NEVER address Satan directly. Even Michael didn’t do that.

But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” —Jude 9

We would suggest spending time in prayer, together, prior to your trying to resolve your family issues. Then lovingly read specific verses to make your point as Scripture goes further and deeper than your own words. In fact, Scripture “cuts to the bone.”

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow . . . —Hebrews 4:12


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