|A SOUND MIND
2 Timothy 1:7
Endurance, perseverance, steadfastness, suffering,
chastening, rebuke, reprove, study, fight, repentance,
change. These words are words that encourage, and
inspire us to continue on and at the same time buffeting
the flesh and bringing it into subjection. Jesus was
familiar with all these words I mentioned. Apostle Paul
was no stranger to hardship. There are others patriarchs
and matriarchs throughout the Bible who were examples
of going through God divinely appointed journeys toward
Some of you can say you have been introduced to some
of these seasons in your life. Though not all are familiar or
have suffered, but some can agree to the experiences
and life altering changes that follow; Hurt, fear, doubt,
shame, disappointment, and other emotions.
Timothy was not very experienced with many of these
conditions and had to be encouraged by Apostle Paul as
he served in ministry. Some of Timothy challenges were
mainly dealing with people who were probable older,
smarter, taller, more experienced than he and probably
been around the block more than he had, but he was
given an assignment and had need of encouragement to
keep the faith in it. He encountered situations where he
wanted to give up, after dealing with church people. But
Apostle Paul wrote Timothy and encouraged him to
persevere, endure, remain steadfast, unmovable,always
abounding in his service to God.
2Tim 1:8-13. (Endurance is not earned it is experienced
through hardship). James 5:11, Behold, we count them
happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of
Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is
very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
2Tim 4:7-8 you shall receive a crown in the end if you
2Tim 4:2,3,5 (steadfastness is having a readiness to do
what God told you to do), to reprove.
Titus 2:15, to rebuke 1Tim 5:20, Titus 2:13
Suffering is a one on one enjoyment that everybody
wants to avoid, but it is a Christian's calling to suffer.
|Bishop Larry L. Davison, Sr