Can Paul’s second letter to Timothy help ME become a true servant of our Lord Jesus?
For a true servant of our Lord Jesus will not be argumentative but gentle toward all and skilled in helping others see the truth, having great patience toward the immature. Then with meekness you’ll be able to carefully enlighten those who argue with you so they can see God’s gracious gift of repentance and be brought to the truth. This will cause them to rediscover themselves and escape from the snare of Satan who caught them in his trap so that they would carry out his purposes. _2 Timothy 2:24-26 The Passion Translation (TPT)
The promise of life which is in Christ Jesus
Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. _James 1:12
The New Life in Christ
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. _Colossians 3:1-4 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Do I need to rekindle the gift of God in me?
…I want to remind you to stir into flame the strength and boldness[a] that is in you, that entered into you when I laid my hands upon your head and blessed you. 7 For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them. _2 Timothy 1:6-7
What truth came from the Holy Spirit ?
8 So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! 9 He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvelous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began! 10 This truth is now being unveiled by the revelation of the anointed Jesus, our life-giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel. _ 2 Timothy 1:8-10 (TPT)
Am I a convert* or a Disciple ?
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” _Matthew 28:17-20
What signs accompany me?
14 Then Jesus appeared before the eleven apostles as they were eating a meal. He corrected them for having such hard, unbelieving hearts because they did not believe those who saw him after his resurrection.
15 And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! 16 Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. 17 And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. 18 They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.” _ Mark 16:14-18 (TPT)
Am I a spiritual streaker?
Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. _Ephesians 6:13-16
Would I rather be a disciple ?
The moment they saw him, they worshiped him, but some still had lingering doubts.
Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now [you] go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”_Matthew 28:17-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)
My Prayer for Restoration IN Christ
Heavenly Father, Even though I was once distant from you, living in the shadows of my evil thoughts and actions, Jesus reconnected me back to You. He released his supernatural peace to me through the sacrifice of his own body as the sin-payment on my behalf so that I could dwell in Your presence. And now there is nothing between me and Father God, for he sees me as holy, flawless, and restored, if I continue to grow in faith, assured of a firm foundation to build upon. Father, in Jesus name, I pray, never let me be shaken from the hope of the gospel I have believed in. Amen
What will this mean for me?
3 You may as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. 3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. 4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God. 5 They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that. [*This is the description of a “convert”!]
6 They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people’s homes and make friendships with silly, sin-burdened women and teach them their new doctrines. 7 Women of that kind are forever following new teachers, but they never understand the truth. 8 And these teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian faith. _ 2 Timothy 3:1-8 Living Bible (TLB)
Now… read 2 Timothy in your Bible and: