October 24, Reading 3 – 2 Timothy 4

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SAA Notes

The opening verses form the basis of a good prayer to pray for every minister. Do you feel like Paul at times – deserted? Write to someone and encourage him or her. Take Paul’s example.

SJA Notes

In both letters to Timothy Paul has been big on teaching and listening.

Here he layers over his point, he charges Timothy (and us) to,

“… Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

Preaching. Readiness. Truth-sayer.

What do we preach? God’s word!

Are we to sit back and count our chickens? Be ready at all times!

How do we tell the truth? With complete patience and teaching!

This is good wisdom for all of us.

God’s people, regardless of calling, preach His word to those around them in thought, word and deed.

We are all to be practicing godliness, writing God’s word on our hearts (as He writes it on ours), ready to be not ashamed (previous passage in this letter).

And we are to be productive people, reproving, rebuking and exhorting one another. And it’s important that we do this with complete patience and teaching. Don’t reprove, rebuke or exhort if you are impatient. Practice patience!

* Father God,

Please make us more like Jesus each day.

We love You, and want to point people to You.

Please help us be light and salt in this world.

Amen.

October 23, Reading 3 – 2 Timothy 3

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SAA Notes

When society gets bad, take some time to consider the lessons of the Apostle Paul’s life. What is his key to faithfulness and perseverance? Look at verses 16,17.

SJA Notes

One of the most troubling in the list of people to avoid is the last truth,

“… Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”

We come up against our own inability to see past outward appearance, but we can take hold of and rest in God’s ability to see to the heart of each person – To see the TRUTH.

Let us be encouraged to be on the lookout for people like this, and really importantly to guard ourselves against this kind of thing, against the attributes Paul lists out.

How do we do this?

God’s word written on our hearts, what we have learned, continue in it.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

* Father God,

Thank You for Your word, which is so powerful and important in our lives.

Please continue to write it on our hearts each day.

Amen.