In The Word
Read: 1 Timothy 1
Misleadings in Doctrine and Living
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,
2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.
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Walking In The Word
As a Christian, one of the hardest things is to watch someone who at one time served the Lord with enthusiasm but later turned from God and walked away from the faith. They were saved, displayed the fruit of repentance, and impacted others, but allowed something to interrupt their walk with Jesus. Paul and Timothy had watched this happen to others as Paul wrote, “Which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (1 Timothy 1:19).
Knowing that anyone could walk away from the faith, Paul encouraged Timothy to “fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:18-19). In earlier verses, Paul talked about how God not only saved him, but also strengthened him to carry out his service for God. While it is God’s strength that will keep us from falling back into the sin that we left behind at salvation, we must use that strength to fight off the enemies that will continually try to pull us away from God. Some of those enemies are sin, materialism, offense, bitterness, wrong relationships, spiritual complacency, laziness, and self-reliance.
The key to stay in the faith and not fall away is to meditate daily on your life with the Spirit’s help to see if the enemy is trying to pull you away. Then find strength to fight from God’s words, through both reading and meditating, for “they are life to those who find them and health to all their body” (Proverbs 4:22).