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    Christian Devotional – May 24, 2019

    Specific instruction. Paul now turns to start giving Timothy some specific instructions for him to follow until Paul returns. Timothy is to continue to lean on scripture entirely for his teaching and training. Read 1 Timothy 4:13-14. Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 1 TIMOTHY 4:13‭-‬14 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.13-14.NASB What Timothy does, he is to do publicly. Studying the scripture, encouraging and building people up, as well as teaching others are all things that should be happening…

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    Christian Devotional – May 23, 2019

    Walk the talk. Yes, its a cliche, but at the same time, it is critical to the Christian life. No one should look down on a believer as they are living out Jesus Christ in front of them. Read 1 Timothy 4:12. Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.12.NASB Timothy was a young man and there would be a chance that older men in the church would look down on him just because of his age. Paul is reminding him that it’s not about age, but it…

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    Christian Devotional – May 22, 2019

    Do it! Paul is giving Timothy some words of wisdon and telling him to do and teach all that Paul has told him. Read 1 Timothy 4:11. Prescribe and teach these things. 1 TIMOTHY 4:11 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.11.NASB Timothy is not to just keep all this information to himself, he is to teach it. As we learn new things, we are to continue to teach those things to others. We must never allow lessons God has given us to just sit there and not to anything. We are to teach and train others. Does that describe us today? Please follow and like us:

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    Christian Devotional – May 21, 2019

    We have hope. There is purpose in all that we do. Our work and our labor have meaning because of Jesus Christ. Read 1 Timothy 4:9-10. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. 1 TIMOTHY 4:9‭-‬10 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.9-10.NASB We have hope because of Jesus Christ. We have purpose because of Jesus Christ. Everything that we have and everything that we are focused on has meaning simply because of who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us. That…

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    Christian Devotional – May 20, 2019

    Discipline. So much is involved in this one word. Yet Paul doesn’t talk about just any discipline, but discipline for the purpose of Godliness. Read 1 Timothy 4:7-8. But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 TIMOTHY 4:7‭-‬8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.7-8.NASB He very specifically indicates that this is discipline for the purpose of Godliness, not just bodily discipline. Are we focusing ourselves on the…

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    Christian Devotional – May 19, 2019

    Study, do, share. We’ve been focused on those three words all year and here is another verse that clearly shows the relationship between the three. Read 1 Timothy 4:6. In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 1 TIMOTHY 4:6 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.6.NASB Timothy was to be constantly nourished on the words of faith and sound doctrine. His study should include these all the time for these are the things that he needs in order to grow and stay grounded in truth. He has…

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    Christian Devotional – May 18, 2019

    What is defined as holy? Paul answers that very clearly in 1 Timothy 4:2-5. by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. 1 TIMOTHY 4:2‭-‬5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.2-5.NASB Yesterday we discussed being distracted. Today, we see all the different things that can distract us…

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    Christian Devotional – May 17, 2019

    Distraction. Do we quickly and easily get distracted from what our purpose is? Paul knew the ease snd the danger of distractions. Read 1 Timothy 4:1. But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 TIMOTHY 4:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.4.1.NASB People will start paying attention to lies and false doctrines. They will see those as more important than the truth of God’s Word. When following Jesus, Satan works very hard to see if he can distract us from God’s purpose for us. He knows that if we can be distracted then we will not…

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    Christian Devotional – May 16, 2019

    The confession. In this case it’s not referring to stating what one has done wrong, but a listing of statements of belief. Paul ends this chapter by reiterating several statements of faith that he knows to be true. Read 1 Timothy 3:16. By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory. 1 TIMOTHY 3:16 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.3.16.NASB All these things are a reference to Jesus Christ. Do we know and understand who Christ is and all that He has done? Are we willing…

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    Christian Devotional – May 15, 2019

    Connection. Paul had a connection with Timothy and he wanted to remind Timothy of that. The last few days we have discussed the criteria Paul is giving for leadership. Now, we see Paul reminding Timothy of one of the most important pieces of ministry and service, relationships. Read 1 Timothy 3:14-15. I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 1 TIMOTHY 3:14‭-‬15 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.3.14-15.NASB There…