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The Lord stood by me!

Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Timothy 4, Psalm 40, Proverbs 4

2nd Timothy 4: 16-18 “At my first defense, no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Paul was writing what was to be his last letter to his son in the faith, Timothy. He was facing execution in prison in Rome. He told how at his trial, no one stood there with him. All others had deserted him and he felt alone. But he was not alone! The Lord stood with him and strengthened him once again in his loneliness and weakness to preach the Gospel. He declared the saving message of faith in Jesus to those who were present. He was rescued from the lion’s mouth. Paul knew that it was not flesh and blood that opposed him. Satan was the lion trying to devour him. Paul confessed his confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ Who would rescue him from every evil deed and bring him safely into his eternal reward! Worship ended his letter! He was executed, but still speaks to us today through this ‘God-breathed’ Word!

Psalm 40:16-17 “But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my Help and my Deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for this amazing man of God, Paul the Apostle. Thank You for Your faithfulness to stand by him in a difficult time. Like Your Son, all his disciples deserted him. From the cross, He even felt like You had forsaken Him. But Your faithfulness and Christ’s resurrection testify of Your greatness and saving power! To God and Jesus Christ be all praise, honor and glory forever! Amen!

Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. for they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.”

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Rescued and safe in the heavenly kingdom!

Scripture reading for October 7th:  2nd Timothy 4, Psalm 50, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 4:16-18  “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.  May it not be charged against them!  But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  

Paul knew his time on earth had come to an end.  He lamented the desertion of all his friends at his trial but was encouraged by the Lord’s real presence to strengthen him and enable him to fully proclaim the Gospel of God’s grace.  He prayed for his friends for their forgiveness.  He also proclaimed his faith in God’s ability to rescue him now and eternally.  This moved Paul to worship as he ended his letter to Timothy.

Faith Confession:  I believe that God will stand by me even if all earthly friends may not be able to or willing.  He will strengthen me to fully preach the Gospel, and will take me safely into His heavenly kingdom when my time on earth is up!  I say along with Paul:  “To Him be glory forever and ever!  Amen!”

Proverbs 15:3  “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

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God stood by me!

Scripture reading for October 5th:  Isaiah 29-31 and 2nd Timothy 4

Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.  May it not be charged against them!  But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Paul was writing his last words here on earth to Timothy, his son in the ministry.  He showed mercy to those who had deserted him and focus on the priority of the Gospel message being fully preached.  He declared his faith in God’s power and presence.  His merciful Father would be given glory forever and ever!

Isaiah 30:18  “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all those who wait for Him.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the confidence You inspire in me concerning Your faithfulness, justice and mercy!  You have been merciful to me and I trust in Your mercy forever and ever.  Amen.

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