Mon, October 16, 2017
Set The Example
I Timothy 1:5 – The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
Paul wrote to Timothy, his young protégé, encouraging him in the difficult task of dealing with doctrinal errors and practical problems in the church at Ephesus. Timothy needed to be bolder with teachers of false doctrines. He needed not only to point out their error and “pointless fascination with things of no eternal consequence” but also their behavior that did not glorify Christ or “help people live a life of faith in God” (vs. 4). Even today we must evaluate our conversations. Do they stir up conflict or do they lead to better understanding, deeper connections, and compassionate responses. Do they honor Christ with a tone of respect for one another in a spirit of humility (I Pet. 5:5)?
Tue, October 17, 2017
Pray For Our Leaders
I Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
“Prayer is the first order of our Christian commitment, along with properly ordered relationships within the body of Christ.” Remember that Paul was writing to Timothy who led the Ephesus church in the midst of a hostile and pagan culture. Praying for leaders was not related to the acceptance of their leaders’ spiritual, social, or political agenda! “Paul insisted that the authority of the Church to change things in the world is irresistible as we pray.” As we see our own culture drifting far from God and political leaders off center from God’s will, remember this. We have a solemn responsibility: pray for kings and all who are in authority. Let us pray for all our leaders today.
Wed, October 18, 2017
I Timothy 3:1– …If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task...
Leaders in the Church are held to a higher standard in that they are to live an exemplary life. Paul stressed the need for well-trained, deeply devoted, and highly consecrated ministry leaders. Their first responsibility is to nourish their own souls through constant contact with God through prayer and Bible study. Their second responsibility is to practice godliness and encourage their people to do the same. Today, pray for our pastors, elders, deacons, and other ministry leaders at WEAG. We are devoted to the Lord, but also to you. We need your prayers.
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.