“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” 2 Timothy 2:1 ESV
Dear Heavenly Father – We join again today to study what you have for us to learn. Let us be humble and merciful while standing strong and immovable. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
It would seem God is leading me through 2 Timothy, backwards. I just go where He says to Go and follow the study method I use to see where it all ends up. And today we start with some much needed grace. In the midst of these times, and as I see them getting worse, I need the grace all the more!
When I returned to Christ I needed an experience with grace – I never had the revelation of grace until then and now I am bathed in it. My old self is made into a new creature, the one He purposed me to be – God beholding His grace. And as much as I thought I needed it then – oh! So much more I need it now – and SO MUCH MORE shall we need it in the future.
Be strengthened by grace, my child. Such sweet words.
Sometimes writing my studies down is quite a difficult task. It is definitely quicker and easier for me to just study and think on it and never take the time to compose full thoughts, let alone write them down. I see how many people out there are doing it – and preaching – and prophesying – and….
And sometimes I want to take a break. I have a headache – but I made a commitment to God to obey and do this and pray over it and all of you who read this. And my love for you and gratitude that so many of you keep coming back day after day to share this time with me – I must fulfil what God has told me to do. It amazes me that when God tell you to do something, He also gives you the heart to do it. So, by grace I sit here and type. By grace you shall read the same passage I have read and see how it has been revealed to me. And by grace we shall be strengthened.
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”2 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV
The word of God has been entrusted to us because we are faithful, therefore we should share it. So even if many others are posting a devotional, a bible study, a sermon or the like – I still must continue. You should too! If you aren’t a teacher you can spread the good word of the Lord by sharing something you have read, listened to or watched. This was actually how I came back to Christ after walking away – someone shared the devotional from her pastor – which lead me hungering for more and eating up everything he posted from devotional to sermons. And, it is quite easy to share with all these social media platforms. Share in the teaching of the word of God. And share…
“3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” 2 Timothy 2:3-7 ESV
Share in the suffering – sometimes we get teased or even actually persecuted for sharing the gospel on social media. Whenever I share on social media – it gets downright nasty. I admit I am suggesting you do something I don’t do often. I do not use my social media for much except following a couple ministries. Here and in person are where I share the gospel. In person is much more difficult in some respects. But this is what God tells me to do. I realize we are not all called to preach to people in person and write blogs, which is why I suggested sharing (and it led nicely into the next verse about sharing the suffering).
This is a battle – getting more real every day. We are fighting for our spirits to be awakened and our souls to be saved as well as for those around us.
Verse 4 – 6 remind us to stay focused. Remember how last week I was so focused on the tasks of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – and repentance and starting fresh… and how focused many of my friends who are believers were – and a week later and already it’s all ‘presidential debate blah blah blah’ and ‘election blah blah bla’ and ‘work blah, blah blah’. And that is just what is coming out of my mouth!!! It’s so easy to get distracted by these things – and if not careful they can also entangled you. (Yes, stay well informed – but also stay focused on God.) We are in a war for Christ sake!
And verse 7 – thinking on these thing for understanding. Pastor posts a verse every day with a short little bit of his teaching along with it and all day I refer back to is – thinking on it – because that is how our understanding is opened and the truths in the Bible are revealed. Have you noticed I always try to include in my opening prayer at the top the request that God gives us the understanding? First, if I don’t understand, how can I teach? Second, if you don’t understand – I have failed as a teacher. And most of the scripture can only be revealed by God himself.
“8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:8-10 ESV
Preach the gospel of Christ Jesus. I may be bound by corporate rules of not preaching at work – but the word of God is not bound. So I share what is happening in my life for God’s glory and quote scripture verses without reference – therefore I am still getting the gospel message out there.
I may be bound by a mask and covid-19 response restrictions – but the word of God is not bound!!! I may be bound with restriction to my location on this globe without funds to travel – but the word of God is not bound and through this blog alone the word of God is read daily in places like South Africa, France, India, UK, Italy, Canada, Nigeria, Uganda, Austria, Russia, and the United States.
God is not limited by our situation – or by our pandemic response measures – or by anything. Nothing created can limit our God – His word never returns to Him void and it always completes what God intended it to complete (Isaiah 55:11).
From grace sustaining us and strengthening us – to “Jesus Christ with Eternal Glory”. I would like to start with verse 1 and finish with that. It is the story of the Bible, the story of Jesus’s life, the story of our redemption. From grace to God’s glory.
But because I love you I will finish the passage –
“11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13 ESV
If there is anything from today’s reading you might meditate on – these verses are so full. Die with Him to live with Him. Endure and therefore reign. But if we deny Him he will also deny us.
And if we are faithless, beat down, have a migraine, want to give up (not forever, just a day or so) HE (God) remains faithful. God cannot deny Himself. This is who God is – Love. He loves us so much that none of us having a relationship with Him is based on our ability to be faithful – NO! He is still faithful. It is who He is. – Faithful to love us – faithful to give us grace and strengthen us.
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Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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