2 Timothy 2
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,”
“Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
24 And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
Every morning, with prayer 3 portions of Scripture are chosen. This morning 2nd Timothy Chapter 2 was chosen. Which was a lovely God incidence, when we went to Morning Prayer, one of the Readings was 2 Timothy 3 and the Morning's Sermon was chosen from 2 Timothy 1.
The Lord knows these God incidences are His and really delight me for weeks to remember God moves in our lives.
Our sermon was marvelous. Fr. Brian White did the Sermon and he asked us to remember someone in our lives who had increased our faith. Who had given us Truth to be entrusted with a believing faith in Jesus Christ. We did and we went around the room offering names of people who had flamed faith into fire. Brian went on to say the looks on all of our faces was a joy to see us recall these people Father God had brought us.
My father in law would have named his grandmother. She told him she was going to Heaven and he was going to find Jesus is real so he would be part of her Heaven. This one event when he was 11 changed his life by Jesus for all eternity.
All of the people we named are athletes for Jesus Christ. And when Jesus is proclaimed from the heart - the Eternal Victory is Achieved.
Thank You, Father God, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
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