By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 3:14-15
Today's Read: 2 Timothy 3; Psalm 119
The directive given to young Timothy by the aged and seasoned Paul is a universal directive applicable to each of us.
Continue in the things which thou hast learned and been convinced of.
The two words which garner attention begin with "C-O-N."
Continue. Convinced.
Continuance suggests progressive movement in a specific direction.
Convinced suggests a concrete compliance toward a "certainty" believed in.
Paul's assertion to Timothy can be readily integrated into our lives as well. With consideration to spiritual realities we can make concrete decisions in our everyday choices which lead to a deeper level of commitment and communion to Christ and to His body.
Three personal questions:
1) Do you presently find yourself at a fork in the road wondering which road is the better road to take?
2) Do you presently find yourself on a dead-end road which is leading you nowhere but you're afraid to turn back?
3) Do you find yourself on a right course but feel yourself very much alone?
Let's apply Paul's advice and wisdom to these questions and see if we might be furthered along and assisted in the decision making process.
1) A fork in the road can lead to monumental life outcomes.
The factor which must prioritize decision making is the spiritual one.
Weigh out and pray out the "forked path" which is most agreeable to God's word and most harmonious to your communion with him ... and take it.
Record a list of verses, which the Holy Spirit has the power to employ you with, and lay them beside your "fork" in the road and see how they arrest and affect you.
Does not the decision relieve itself a bit and become more resolutely answered in doing this?
Money, ease, comfort, and people approval are the greatest hindrances to continuance with God and they will lead you down a wrong path every time.
Christian beware and be careful.
Concretely stake your life to the concrete promises and provisions of God and you will be supplied with an unearthly confidence that propels you down a richer path with Christ.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6
2) A dead-end road leads to a dead-end life.
Our lives on earth will only become as strong as the object to which we attach ourselves to.
-Poor attachments lead to poor life choices.
-Poor attachments lead to regrettable roads taken.
-Poor attachments impair us with poor visibility and create impoverished life consequences.
But praise God, the "poor in spirit" wield a special power with God propelling the "dead-enders" to experience a supernatural status and overflow of grace if they simply repent and return to a tender and merciful God.
Unfortunately, so deeply desirable is the stroke of ego and applause of man, that "dead-enders" are rarely willing to let go of perceived stature and continue to circle around a dead-end pretending to go somewhere but going nowhere.
This is to the detriment of the dead-ender who has created for himself a "no access" to the throne.
When we become convinced that a dead-end is leading us nowhere,
We must continue in a "Word" that leads us elsewhere.
And that sure convincing Word begins with confession.
Upon such, no man shall be denied.
God's word alone will stand the test of time and rule sublime.
Take the dead-end decisions and offer them up to the Lord and continue in accordance with the promises which He will endow you with and supply you with.
No individual comprehends redemption quite like the one who has acknowledged the dead-end and returned to the "high" road.
Mmmm ...
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. if we say that we have not sinned we make Him to be a liar, and His word is not in us."
1 John 1:9-10
3) A right road can be a lonely road.
It would be nice if "right decisions" led to comfortable and easy roads, but this is not the case and it most certainly is not biblical.
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
2 Timothy 3:12
Paul's words to Timothy were to bolster him in periods of loneliness and isolation and remind him that a right course, while fraught with hurts, heartaches, and trials of its own, is garnered with success and sure provisions from God.
God's protection arches over the child compliant with His promises.
Like a rainbow of color spread beautifully and wondrously over an obedient child is His personal signature of grace made visible.
How He does this is His work alone, and for His glory alone,
But that He does this is His promise.
Mmmm ....
"Thus saith the Lord, 'Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."
Jeremiah 6:16
*Today's Study Consideraton is in the determination of which man "you" are and which road you're choosing.
Continue in the things you are convinced and assured of and keep to a path which leads to life.