Tag: fight of faith

Sunday rest and reflection!

Scripture reading for December 7th: 1 Timothy 4-6

Dear Friends,

Do you sometimes feel that you are fighting to keep your focus on the goal of seeing Jesus Christ either when He comes or when you go to be with Him?  Do the things of this world compete for your attention and sometimes derail your focus?  Timothy, a young pastor, was encouraged to wage a “good fight”.

In Timothy’s day, as ours, one of the distractions was be money.  Many people were caught in the pursuit of riches and not content.   As people let the love of money affect their choices, they fell into temptation and the trap of the Devil.  This opened the door in their lives for ruin and destruction!  (1 Timothy 6:6-10)  Some had even wandered from the faith!

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12

Paul encouraged his young pastoral protege to pursue righteousness and all the qualities of godliness.  We get what we focus on!   As we think about Paul’s advice, what is our focus?   Are we involved in the fight of faith or for money and material things?

The advice for those who have money is to fight the fight of faith by generous giving!  (1 Timothy 6:17-19)  Timothy was to warn them not to put their faith in riches, which are very uncertain and can soon vanish.   The only way to insure eternal value is to use your riches to win people to the Lord!

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

The war we are in is waged in every-day living.  We must always be on guard.  Some claim knowledge that is opposed to God’s word.  We must know the true word of God and live accordingly to keep from being seduced.  Fight the fight of faith in your life today!  We win eternally!

In His Love,  Pastor John and Mary

 

 

 

 

Tags : , , , ,

Godliness and gain!

Scripture reading for October 21st: 1st Timothy 6:1-21

The false teachers of Paul’s day often used their religion to make money.  The idols of Ephesus supported a large trade union of silversmiths who made a living off of selling idols.  The keepers of the idol temples made money from prostitution that was used to worship.  Some of the so-called ‘Christian’ teachers also taught that God wanted people to be rich.

“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing.  He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (1st Timothy 6:3-5)  These teachers used words, controversial doctrines, and promoted envy and strife in the body of Christ.  Paul warned Timothy to beware of their tactics and steadfastly teach and model the truth.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1st Timothy 6:6-10a)  Paul told Timothy that godliness is great gain for those who are content in Jesus Christ.  A focus on obtaining lots of money can be a trap of Satan.  The love of money is a strong force driving people into idolatry and away from God.

Timothy, as a young minister, must flee from this love of money and the trap of the devil by pursuing righteousness and godliness through faith and love.  “Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life to which you were called,” (1st Timothy 6:12a)   Paul wanted Timothy to have a great reward from Jesus Christ when He appeared!

We must keep pressing on to conform our lives to that of Christ.  Godliness is great gain when Christ appears in His glory!  We must use our money, possessions, gifts and faith to produce good works that will bring eternal riches!

Tags : , , , , , ,

Fight the Good Fight!

Scripture reading for December 8th: 1st Timothy 4-6

Leadership in the church is not an easy task!  Choosing wise deacons and elders is imperative to having a strong church.  Leaders and strong workers are often in short supply because many are not qualified or have not matured by applying the word to their daily living. Much thought and prayer are necessary in filling the offices of leadership.

Leaders will face increasingly difficult times in the last days.  (1st Timothy 4:1-8)  Many will abandon the faith and run after deceiving  spirits and follow teachers who are using doctrines of demons.  Leaders must be discerning and able to confront false doctrine.   They must unfailingly teach the truth and stay true to sound doctrine.  They must avoid myths and old wives tales but strive to live godly in the midst of the apostasy.

“Command and teach these things.  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” (1st Timothy 4:11-14)  Youth and maturity are often two different things.  Those who are anointed to lead and have been called by Christ and affirmed by the elders must confidently lead by preaching and teaching God’s word.  We lead by example first, then by our teaching!  God will work with us through the gift bestowed through prayer and by the Holy Spirit.

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and your doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1st Timothy 4:15-16)  Preachers must stay sharp on doctrine and stay true to sound doctrine!  Moving away from it is dangerous for the preacher and his flock.  Bad doctrine is often played out in daily living.  We must examine our daily life and thought patterns and make sure that lines up with what we believe and teach.  If we believe that Jesus is coming back soon to judge the sinner and save the righteous, we ought to be about saving sinners and living the gospel!

Tags : , , , , , ,

Fighting the Good Fight!

Scripture reading for December 7th: 1 Timothy 4-6

Do you sometimes feel that you are fighting to keep your focus on the goal of seeing Jesus Christ either when He comes or when you go to be with Him?  Do the things of this world compete for your attention and sometimes derail your focus?  Timothy, a young pastor, was encouraged to wage a “good fight” by the great Apostle Paul.  What does this “good fight” look like today?

In Timothy’s day, as ours, one of the distractions happened to be money and riches.  There were those who got caught in the pursuit of riches and wealth and were never content.  The love of money became a driving force.  As people let the love of money drive them and their choices, they fell into temptation and the trap of the Devil.  This opened the door in their lives for ruin and destruction!  (1 Timothy 6:6-10)  Some had wandered from the faith and brought grief into their lives!

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12

Paul encouraged his young pastoral protege to flee from this trap of the Devil.  He was to pursue righteousness and all the qualities of godliness.  We get what we pursue and focus on!   The question for us is this: where is our focus?  What kind of fight are we really involved in?  Is it a fight of faith or for money and material things?

The strategy for those who do have money and are rich in the things of this world is to fight the fight of faith by generous giving!  (1 Timothy 6:17-19)  Timothy was to be faithful to warn them not to put their faith in riches.  Riches are very uncertain and can soon vanish or become worthless, particularly when you die.  The only way to insure eternal value is to use your riches to win people to the Lord.  A firm foundation for the future of life with the Lord will be eternal riches of those won to the Kingdom through generous giving!

“Timothy, guard what has be entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

The war we are in is waged in every-day living.  We must always be on guard.  Some claim knowledge that is opposed to God’s word.  We must know the true word of God and live accordingly to keep from being seduced.  Fight the fight of faith in your life today!  We win eternally!


Tags : , , , , ,