Tag: good deposit
Scripture reading for October 2nd: Isaiah 18-21, 2nd Timothy 1
Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 1:12-14 “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
Paul encouraged Timothy with a strong statement of faith. He was convinced that the Lord was able to keep him in faith, even though he was facing probable execution in the near future. He encouraged Timothy to stand firm as well. It would be in the power of the Holy Spirit that the good deposit of faith in Christ Jesus would be kept. God would help those who looked to Him.
Isaiah 18:4 “For thus the Lord said to me: “I will quietly look from My dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your amazing promises and personal encouragement to help us in troubling times, keeping us safe. Fill me with the ‘cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.’ Amen!
Scripture reading for October 2nd: 2nd Timothy 1
Several years after his first letter, Paul was in jail and very probably facing execution for his faith. He wrote a final letter to his son in the faith, Timothy, to encourage him. These ‘last words’ should encourage us as we face increasing persecution and opposition in our world today.
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother, Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.” (2nd Timothy 1:3-7)
Paul spent much of his last days in prison for his faith. He used this time to pray and to write. His heart was filled with thanksgiving and longing to see Timothy again. Paul had known Timothy’s family and the faith that they shared and encouraged Timothy to keep fanning the flame of faith through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to witness and preach the Gospel with authority and to love those Christ puts in our lives. It is only through the guidance of the Spirit that we can discipline ourselves to live the holy life that God calls us to and to pass our faith to the next generation. Let’s fan the flame in our hearts today! The fire of God’s Holy Spirit yearns to reach the lost!