Devotions for September 19, 2017

2 TIMOTHY 1:6-12

6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.

12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him[a] until the day of his return.

FAITH CONQUERS FEAR

When Paul wrote this letter, he had many reasons to feel fear: he was in prison; the Gospel’s message was under attack; and Timothy, a young pastor he had trained-up, needed encouragement to carry on the message of Jesus. However, Paul’s words to Timothy in this passage are a model of faith founded in something greater than this world.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What enables Timothy–and you–not to fear or to be anxious? What is the source of faith and strength according to this passage?

Q: When your faith is tested to the max, what causes anxiety the most for you? Are you taking the time to abide in the power of Christ in these moments?

Q: Paul is encouraging Timothy not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. In the middle of life’s storms, are you still sharing the Good News of salvation to others? Is fear quenching the message, or are your faithfully pressing-on to bring it to others?

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