Trials, temptations, and even hidden or open persecution is a very real part of our fallen world. Still, we have great hope in Jesus Christ. When Paul thought that he was about to die, he told Timothy that the ministry could continue on in the ministry because of the truths found in God’s Word. This would require Timothy to remain faithful to God’s Holy Scripture. Timothy could continue on because God’s word is established forever. As for us, we also are encouraged to continue on because of the timeless truths that we find in God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:12-17
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 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. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We could perhaps utilize an acrostic to convey the meaning of what it means to continue as a believer.
C – Convinced to proceed
O – Obedient action to God
N – Nurturing your Soul
T – Trusting God
I – Inspired by the Word
N – Never Giving Up
U – Understanding the Obstacles
E – Embracing Challenges
Paul, however, is focused on a specific area to continue in: The truth found in the Holy Scriptures. No person, no matter how well grounded in the scripture, is above temptation. We are called to abide and continue the word. We are to swim against the stream of popular culture when it goes against the will of God. Hold fast to the scriptures, they will not lead you down a wrong path. The Holy Spirit will guide you when you study the Bible. He will also help you to apply it to everyday life.