September 29/1Timothy 4

Verses 1-5 > Paul tells Timothy that the way to not be deceived is to have continual fellowship with the Holy Spirit and one way to do that is to read God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it, help you meditate on it, help you memorize it,  and help you to obey it. Those who do not do this put themselves in a position to be deceived. That is not a good position to be in.

Verses 6-9 > Every body is in training. You are either training your body to be healthy by the way you eat and exercise or you are training it to unhealthy by the way you eat and do not exercise. Training to be healthy requires much discipline and hard work. Training to be unhealthy requires no discipline and very little work.

So the same is true concerning your spiritual health. You can train yourself to read, study, meditate, and memorize the word of God. You can train yourself to be part of a local church and expose yourself to the teachings of the church. You can discipline yourself to learn to pray. You can be part of a teaching class or small study group. You can give of yourself to serving in the local church and you can learn to be a witness to people for Jesus. All of this happens because you love Jesus and are so grateful for what he did for you on the cross. Right?

Or you can just do the above when and if you feel like it or when it suits your schedule. Your spiritual health will probably suffer cardiac arrest when a time of testing comes but the choice is yours. To let your spiritual health sink that low one would have to question whether you understood what yielding your life to Jesus really meant.

Luke 14:27–30 (NLT) — 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

Verses 10-11 > God is the savior of all people > all who receive Jesus.

John 1:12 (NLT) — 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Paul told Timothy that he should insist that people train themselves for godliness. I’d like to know how that worked out for him:) I guess it only works if you have people who genuinely want to live to please the Lord and serve others.

Verses 12-16 > Wow there is no let up by Paul when it comes to disciplining yourself to grow spiritually. I guess it is because the Satan and his boys never take a day off from trying to lure people away from Jesus. Age doesn’t have much to do with spiritual maturity. I know people older than myself that still do not have a regular time set aside to study the scriptures so they can get to know the Lord. They don’t take sermon notes and they don’t make it a habit to apply scripture in their lives. They are not part of a small group and they let other things pull them away from worship on Sunday. And they still get upset over things that they got upset over 20 years ago!

I had an opportunity to a couple of months ago to speak at another TrueBridge church in Breckenridge. They had a service on Saturday night and Sunday morning. There was a young lady about 22 years old sitting in the second row taking notes as I spoke. She came to both services. That following Monday I had to take my mother over to Wahpeton to the doctor. Afterwards we went to the Penny’s store so that mom could shop. That young girl was working there so I asked her if she loved Jesus. She assured me that she did. I then asked her if she had understood my sermons. She said yes and that she had taken three pages of notes so that she could study it!

She was young but she was training herself to be godly. She also serves in the nursery at her church. I asked her if she was dating or had a boyfriend. She said no but that she was holding out for a godly guy. She also said with a dejected look that those kind of guys were hard to find. I will be going back to her church, Lord willing, in January for three Sundays while her pastor is on sabbatical. I am guessing I will see spiritual progress in her life.

1 Timothy 4:15 (NLT) — 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In this chapter Paul encourages Timothy to read the scriptures to the believers. Given the new testament had not been mostly written yet, that means the old testament. Paul stresses the importance of knowing the old to understand the new.