Suggested Reading: 2 Timothy 1
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Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
The New King James translation is an excellent study Bible. The edition used for this blog is called “The Open Bible Expanded Edition.” Here are quotations from the commentary on 2nd Timothy: “It is clear from the sharp imperatives that his letter is really a combat manuel for use in spiritual warfare: ‘stir up’ (verse 6) – ‘do not be ashamed’ (verses 8 & 12) – ‘share with me in the sufferings’ (verse 8 ) – ‘hold fast…sound words’ (verse 13) – ‘that good thing…keep’ (verse 14).”
These orders continue on throughout 2nd Timothy. Our key verse contains what may be the most important fact for us to know with absolute assurance. Fear cripples people. There is the fear of the unknown, of people, and of death, to name a few. Fear will cause us to shrink back by demoralizing us (1 Samuel 13:5-8) and by giving us an attitude of defeat (Numbers 13:30 – 14:2). God does not intend His people to live in fear!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I confess with my mouth, backed up by my whole heart, these words as I pray, “You have given me power, love, and a sound mind.” I ask for grace to take and use Your gifts to me again today and every day. May I seize the opportunities that surely will come my way over the next few hours. In the Name of the One whose motto could be, “NO FEAR,” Jesus, Himself, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I can imagine Timothy there in Ephesus, standing under the shadow of that immense Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, attempting to speak about Jesus with those who were entering or exiting the gigantic structure. I know that I would surely be in fervent prayer for boldness!
I expect that in about one hour I will enter the “GO train” to travel to downtown Toronto for what is now a bi-weekly medical treatment for the MDS Leukemia, which I am told I have. I have no fear of the disease and I’m believing that one of these days the doctors will tell me that I no longer have this condition. I plan to have no fear as I look for opportunities on board the train to witness for Christ. I want to share His love, His salvation, and the hope He gives for life here as well as in the great beyond. I take encouragement from Timothy. From the first letter I learned that Timothy may have had stomach problems (1 Timothy 5:23). To bolster my courage for today, I’ve read again 1 Timothy 6:12-16. I serve the One who is “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honour and everlasting power. Amen!” Almighty God has become One of us in the Person of Jesus! How amazing is that?
Yours for sharing Jesus today and every day with those we meet,