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    Christian Devotional – August 7, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 26 Fleeting and pursuing. We are to do both. Read 2 Timothy 2:20-26. As Paul continues teaching Timothy, we see that he indicates there are things we should be fleeing away from away from and there are things we should be pursuing. We cannot simply do one or the other. If we simply seek to flee from the evil things, we will not know what we should be doing. If we are only pursuing the good things, the evil that has been in our life will continue to hang around. We must actively choose to do both. We must flee the evil that is around us…

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    Christian Devotional – August 6, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 25 Have a firm foundation. These next several verses in 2 Timothy really discuss the importance of knowing and staying firm in the word of God. Read 2 Timothy 2:14-19. Holding fast to the word of God is the key to everything in the Christian life. Our obedience and our focus must stay on God’s word. As we can see in these verses, that hasn’t always been the case. Timothy was dealing with some people who had lost sight of the foundational truths that were in God’s word. As a result, chaos and difficulty was running rampant through the church. At the end of the day,…

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    Christian Devotional – August 5, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 24 In everything that we go through, Christ is over all. As Paul continues to write, we see his incredible emphasis on the lordship of Jesus Christ. Read 2 Timothy 2:8-13. Paul wants to make sure that we understand that Christ is indeed over absolutely everything. There is nothing that we will experience or go through on this Earth that Christ is not master of. As we are looking at our situation, do we understand all that we need to do in order to ensure that we are following Christ in every area? We are to be loyal to him, but God knows that we are…

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    Christian Devotional – August 4 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 23 Strength = Consistency. As we move into this next chapter, we see Paul giving Timothy a slightly different definition of what it means to be strong in Christ. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7. For Paul, he understood that we need to be strong in our relationship with Christ. We need to be moving forward constantly. However, strength does not mean one time power. Strength means consistency. Paul lets Timothy know that being able to finish the race and move continuously forward is what is truly going to set people apart in their walk with Christ. What about us? We have all had specific instances in our…

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    Christian Devotional – August 3, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 22 Abandoned. We have all felt that way in some form or another at various times. Paul felt that way also. Read 2 Timothy 1:15-18. Paul had experienced rejection and abandonment. He had also seen tremendous loyalty. These verses detail both in stark contrast. As I look at my life and situation, I see very clearly times when I have absolutely been abandoned and left out on my own. I have also known the tremendous loyalty that comes from others. Either way, the important piece is understanding how God is loyal to us. We can count on him to never leave us or forsake us. He…

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    Christian Devotional – August 2, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 21 Christ’s teaching. Paul takes a moment to reiterate his qualifications for being able to lead and teach. Read 2 Timothy 1:11-14. As we seek to understand all that Paul wanted to teach Timothy as he trained him up in the faith, we must understand what gives Paul the right to be the teacher in the first place. Ultimately, Christ is the teacher we should be following. Paul wants to make that very clear and as he speaks to Timothy, he explains all the reasons why he (Paul) is ultimately pointing him to Christ. Paul tells Timothy to follow him because he is following Christ. Would…

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    Christian Devotional – August 1, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 20 God’s Spirit. What are the characteristics of the Spirit of God? Read 2 Timothy 1:6-10. Paul knows that with all the challenges that Timothy is facing that he is going to be afraid and concerned. Paul wants him to understand that God is with him through all of that and that God provides his Spirit as well. This Spirit is one that provides power and love and discipline, not fear. As we go through our day, God provides His Spirit to be with us as well. God’s Spirit is what provides for us to have the boldness to do all that God asks us to…

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    Christian Devotional – July 31, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 19 Influence and family legacy. It matters how we live our lives and the example we set. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-5. As Paul is starting this letter, some time has passed and Timothy has gone through several difficulties. Now, Paul is writing this letter not only to teach and to train Timothy, but also to encourage him. No matter what role we have as we are moving forward, we all need encouragement from time to time. Timothy is discouraged so Paul reminds Timothy that he is part of a legacy of faith that began with his grandmother. When we think about what we do today, will…

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    Christian Devotional – July 30, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 18 What do we put our hope in? Regardless of what we have or do not have in this world, our hope is in Christ. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-21. As Paul is closing out this first letter to Timothy, we see his final reminders. No matter what Timothy has in this world, his hope should always be in Christ. Regardless of whether he is rich or not, Christ is the only thing worth placing your trust in. Paul is sharing this with Timothy so that he can remind his church this truth is well. What do we place our hope in? Are we seeking after possessions…

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    Christian Devotional – July 29, 2022

    Teaching and Training, Day 17 What to pursue? As Paul has just finished telling Timothy all the things he should be avoiding. Now we see all the things that Timothy should be pursuing. Read 1 Timothy 6:11-16. We cannot simply avoid sin in our lives. Instead, we must replace the sinful thoughts, desires, and actions with thoughts and actions of righteousness and godliness. Otherwise, it’s way too difficult to completely avoid if we have not put something back in its place. What are we actively pursuing? How can we make a greater priority for these characteristics in our life? As we are seeking after God, we will pursue righteousness and…