Week 48   Day 4

 

Paul appeals to Timothy in several ways 

            calling him a beloved son 

            letting him know that he prays for him everyday 

            reminding him of who he is 

                        grandchild of Lois 

                        son of Eunice

            stirring up memories of what must have been a

                        powerful religious experience

                        of commissioning & laying on of hands 

            talking of others who have dropped out and quit

                        but you Timothy are still with me

                        and I'm so grateful 

            giving great responsibility and trust 

            warning him of the hardships  

            promising great and eternal rewards

            praising his character and faithfulness.

 

  

My heart goes out to both of them 

    Timothy for being thrown into the lions den so to speak

            Paul's expectations were overwhelming

            the problems he faced too many 

 

    Paul for his imprisonment

            his pain of being deserted by so many whom he trusted

            his despair over those who were destroying the message of grace

            and the collapse of much that he worked so hard for

 

It sounds like Paul was living in a house of cards

            and yet he still had Timothy

            so there still was hope and

            maybe others will come to their senses. . .

 

 

 

                      THREE GENERATIONS OF FAITH

   Timothy's job is hard, but God has equipped him well.

                                      II Timothy 1 & 2

 

    2To Timothy, a beloved son, 3 I thank God, and without

ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4greatly

desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be

filled with joy, 5when I call to remembrance the genuine faith

that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and

your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.  6Stir

up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my
hands.  7God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of
power
and of love and of a sound mind.

    8Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of

me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the

gospel according to the power of God, 9who has saved us

and called us with a holy calling.  12 I am not ashamed, for

I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is

able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

    15Those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom

are Phygellus and Hermogenes.  16The Lord grant mercy to

the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and

was not ashamed of my chains.  17When he arrived in Rome,

he sought me out very zealously.  18The Lord grant to him

that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day.

    1Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2The things

you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these

to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

    3Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4No

one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of

this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

7May the Lord give you understanding in all things.

    8Remember that Jesus was raised from the dead according

to my gospel, 9for which I suffer these chains; but the word

of God is not chained.  10Therefore I endure all things for the

sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation.

    15Present yourself to God, as a worker who does not need

to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  22Flee

youthful lusts; pursue righteousness.  23Avoid foolish and

ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.  24Do not

quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25in humility

correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will

grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26and

come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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