Please read 2 Timothy 2, 2 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 4:1-18. 15 days to go – this is CRAZY! You’re doing GREAT! Is this your first time all the way through, or have you done this before? Has reading the Bible in Chronological order changed the way you view the Word as a whole? Come on back and let’s visit – I’m “bullet point” style again today!
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
There will be warfare, make no mistake. We don’t have time to be distracted. The Amplified translation says that as soldier doesn’t have time to get involved in “ordinary business” and that he “avoids” them. Major on the majors.
“if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” 2 Timothy 2:20-22
To be used by the Lord, flee from impurity. We talked about this the other day: we don’t just stop one thing, we stop one and start another; the Lord always shows us a better way.
“that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” 2 Timothy 2:26
God has a plan for your life, but so does Satan. Be so full of the Word and so guided by the Holy Spirit that you cannot be distracted or disillusioned.
Let”s highlight this one in the Amplified: “All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]” 2 Timothy 3:16
As all Scripture is given for reproof, we must commit to seeking the Word until we know we have the answer.
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear.” 2 Timothy 4:17
Remember that? we were there with Paul when he received the word that the Lord stood with him (Acts 23:11)!