Thu, October 19, 2017
I Timothy 4:13 – Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
Paul stressed to Timothy the importance of preaching doctrine, cutting off error in both teaching and practice, and instructing believers in practical matters of personal relationships. How many ways are you engaging with the Bible? Do you read it every day? Do you study it in an active Bible study? Do you talk about it in a small group? Do you absorb it on Sunday mornings as it is proclaimed from the pulpit? As we absorb the truth of God’s Word, we begin to spot error and recognize the enemy’s seductive voice. Jesus called him “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Without being grounded in God’s Word you will be “tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching…influenced when people try to trick you with lies so clever they sound like the truth (Eph 4:14). Stay engaged with God’s Word in every way possible.
Fri, October 20, 2017
It All Matters To God
I Timothy 5:24 – Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.
We can take comfort in knowing that God holds the scales of justice. Sooner or later everyone stands before His throne and answers for their life choices. God sees your righteous acts that nobody else sees. He notices your devotion and care to people. Your unfailing service gets His attention. It all matters to God. He will honor you in ways that no human could ever honor you, ways that you alone would appreciate. Keep serving. Keep giving. God rewards his good and faithful servants.
Sat, October 21, 2017
Fight The Good Fight
I Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…
A spiritual battle rages all around us. Can you see it? Notice the imperatives in this verse: FIGHT, TAKE HOLD. Spiritual growth and progress require continued attention. Don’t get distracted from your mission and calling. Keep your priorities clear and remain blameless before God.