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Preach with your life!

Scripture reading for September 27th: 1 Timothy 4, Psalm 44, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 4:11-14 “Command and teach these things.  Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.  Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  

Paul went over with Timothy how to live out Christ’s life in the power of the Holy Spirit.  He was to apply the Word of God in faith and practice in his own life and to publicly read Scripture and preach it.  He was to use the gifts granted him at his ordination by the elders.  Persistence would insure his salvation and those who would listen.  A good example preaches a powerful message!

Faith Confession:  I seek to apply the Word of God to my own life and to live an example to those around me, either in the church or on the outside.  Lord, help me to persevere until You come or I go to be with you.  I desire those who “hear” my life to be saved!

Proverbs 9:10-11  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One  is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”  

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Prayer is a priority!

Scripture reading for September 26th:  1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 2:1-6  “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men– the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”  

Paul urged Timothy to make prayer a priority.  Jesus taught that God’s house should be a house of prayer for all people.  Paul expanded on Christ’s instructions to urge prayer especially for kings and those in authority.  God places people in positions of authority with the purpose of punishing the evil-doers and protecting and commending the righteous.  When authority does it’s rightful job, believers can live quiet lives and promote the gospel without hindrances from law-breakers and those opposed to God.  Jesus Christ is our High Priest who has interceded for all men on the Cross and now prays for them exalted to God’s right hand!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are men and women of prayer who prioritize prayer for people in authority in the home, church and government.  “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship Him. . . .these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  (Isaiah 56:6-7)

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Stay With the Ship!

Scripture reading for November 17th: Acts 27-28

When God has His hand on your life and you are in His will, He will care for you.  This doesn’t mean that your life will be trouble free and that you will have clear sailing from start to finish!  The health, wealth, and prosperity message may seem encouraging, but reality is sometimes different.  God does take care of all our needs if we follow Him and listen along the way.  He is working out His purposes, not ours!

Paul, in the custody of a Roman centurion named Julius, was taken by ship on the two thousand mile journey to appear in Rome before Caesar.  This journey began in late fall, at the end of the shipping season and because of this faced some dangers from incoming early storms of the winter season.  The journey was in several stages and the progress was slower than expected because of contrary winds that kept the ship from making progress.  Paul warned the centurion and soldiers of the approaching dangers of sailing late in the season.  Loss of life and cargo as well as the ship were probable.  (Acts 27:9-11)  The centurion ignored Paul and found another ship willing to sail on to a better harbor to winter in.

Things looked good when they set out, but soon a violent wind swept in and tossed the ship and its occupants.  The ship was unable to be directed because of the wind and waves.  The storm continued many days and they threw cargo overboard and lashed the ship with ropes to try to hold it together.  They gave up all hope of being saved and refused to eat.  At this point, Paul addressed the group and encouraged them with a word from the Lord.  They would all be saved but the ship would run aground and be lost.  God had spoken!  (Acts 27:21-26)

On the fourteenth night of the storm, the sailors sensed they were approaching land.   Some sailors attempted to escape by lifeboat, but Paul warned them they must stay with the ship.  “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31)  It turned out that all were saved and made it to land.  Obedience to God is important.  We must stay with the ship of Jesus Christ to be saved!  There are no other lifeboats to take us safely to heaven’s shores!

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