2 Timothy 4
Paul charges Timothy to preach the Word of God and offset the ministry of false teachers.
We think of Paul as being one of the great spiritual giants of the ages. Because of this, most of us don't expect to receive the same reward that he will. However, we need to realize that the Lord does not reward talent or results - He rewards motive and faithfulness. At the end of his life, Paul wrote: "There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing" (v. 8). That means you and me!
How wonderful it is to know that God will reward our simple faith:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:1-4).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy,
And teach me Your statutes (Psalm 119:124).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:
You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah (Psalm 3:3-4).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
purity in your thoughts,
love for the unlovely,
your activities for the day.
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper (Psalm 1:1-3).
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