Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! Today, our focus snippet scriptures are highlighted from reading 2nd Timothy, chapters 3-4. I love the stories of the Old Testament, but I was craving some Jesus. What we all need, right? Jesus ….
So, let’s dive into the New Testament (at least for today).
Many of us recognize the nearing end times in our world. The craziness of how social media is about arguing and bickering, back-biting and hatefulness. As a Christian, it seems I am the enemy of many. Bible-teaching preachers and their church members are viewed as an enemy of those who say Christians are the “haters”.
These verses in 2nd Timothy appear to have been written about people we know in the year 2020.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths.
(2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Paul then instructs us (and Timothy) to keep a clear mind, speak up for our faith, no matter what suffering may come, and share Christ. Paul challenges us to do as he did.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return.
(2 Timothy 4:7-8)
We must remain strong in our faith, to not fall prey to the lies of Satan by following our own desires. No more listening to the untruths of what might tickle our ears and make us “feel better”.
(Side Note: Y’all, I couldn’t resist sharing the picture of this sweet bunny!)
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We are to fight the good fight!
Are you fighting the fight against the dark forces of our world through prayer? Are you acting as a physical warrior who shares Christ as living and active in your life? I ask myself, too.
Paul sensed the nearness of the end of his life, and he was faithful to God. Our lives could end at any time, as well. How will you finish? Will you win the race? Will you be found faithful? And, I wonder, “Will I?”
It seems so many want to hear what they think is right – not exactly what God’s Word says. They want to do what they want to do – not what Jesus would do. I can turn “they” around onto myself. The constant pull of sin in our world drags us into wanting what we want. So it isn’t only “they”. Right?
Yes, studying God’s Word takes time. Being faced with an error of our ways is painful. Repenting of sin is humbling, yes … even humiliating. But, hey! It’s just you and God meeting together to relate with one another. He has compassion and complete love for you! Finally, turning in repentance and making necessary changes can be hard. I know. Take the words of Paul to heart. He gives us much encouragement.I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me---the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return.(2… Click To Tweet
Paul was a defender of true faith in Christ … and God’s Word. We are to finish our course as a defender of the Word of God. We should stand for God’s Truth, to be found faithful. We’ve seen God’s faithfulness to His people in the Old Testament stories. He remains faithful to us as Christians, His people, through faith in Jesus Christ.
As you look ahead toward the glorious day when you see Jesus, are you excited? Are you filled with wonder and anticipation? Will you win the prize? Again, I ask, “Will I?”
Let’s do it. Let’s finish strong. The Lord will help us! 🙂
Because He lives~