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A workman approved!

Scripture reading for January 13th: 2nd Timothy 2
Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 2:8-10;14-15 “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my Gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the Word of God is not bound! 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.” . . .”Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.”

Paul’s reminder to Timothy continues as he wrote to him from prison in Rome and would soon suffer martyrdom. He calls to his remembrance Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, son of David, Son of God. Paul had unashamedly preached Jesus Christ and was now suffering and bound by chains. But Paul reminded Timothy not to be ashamed of his imprisonment or to fear his own. The Word of God was not chained and was producing the fruit of salvation and eternal glory in those who would receive. Paul encouraged Timothy to preach clearly the Word of God to his hearers and to continually present himself to God as His workman. God’s grace would enable him to rightly preach the whole truth and not be ashamed at Christ’s appearing. He wanted Timothy to hear “Well done, faithful servant!”

Psalm 126:5-6 “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy. He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I will endure suffering for the sake of sharing the Seed of Your Word bringing salvation and eternal glory to those lost and in darkness. Keep my mind and heart focused on You alone! May the “unchained” Word go forth from me turning many to You!

Daniel 12:3 “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

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The unashamed worker!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Ecclesiastes 4-6, Psalm 125, 2nd Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 2:15-19  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.  But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.  Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened.  They are upsetting the faith of some.  But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of the Lord depart from iniquity.””

Paul encourages the younger minister, his son in the faith, to do his best to handle the Word of God rightly.  This also included living it out in his everyday life as evidenced by the instruction to stay away from irreverent babble.  Paul cited two bad examples by name, Hymenaeus and Philetus, as what to avoid.  Paul’s warning included a reference to God’s intimate knowledge of His own servants and His clear instructions to live a holy life.

Psalm 125:1  “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me by the Holy Spirit to rightly handle Your unchanging Word and to apply it to my life each day.  I will be a good example with Your help!

Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”  

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