2 Timothy 1:7
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Through this letter, all who take up the cross and follow Jesus are charged to complete the ministry that God has given them, through the life-giving power of Christ’s resurrection.
As Paul writes to Timothy from a Roman prison he gently and firmly challenges him to Rome to carry the work of Christ forward. Paul reminds Timothy of his genuine faith, rooted and grounded in his grandmother and his mother. Timothy’s faith was authentic and strong and he was to pick up the torch and carry it in Paul’s absence. Paul prepares him mentally and emotionally for the suffering that may be ahead as he works for the sake of the Gospel, yet encourages him to cultivate the spiritual gifts that God has given him to further enhance the work of the Lord. In other words, Timothy, it won’t be easy street, but you must remain true, loyal and steadfast in your faith. This message is for us today and for the sake of the gospel message of salvation, we must rise to the challenge of spreading the Word of Truth. God wants His people to get up in Jesus name and fight the good fight of faith, running with perseverance to take a hold of the same power that Paul knew and had at his disposal. Paul didn’t just talk it, he lived it out even in the face of adversity and through the threat of the prison cell.
Let’s rise from our seats of complacency and compromise and allow the Lord to stir up a passion within us for the salvation of the lost! There is no room for fear when we are equipped with God’s spiritual gifts, His presence, His power, His victory and a passion to serve Christ at all cost.
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Have a wonderful day sweet friends