There is so much to learn from Paul in 2 Timothy, chapter 2. And for you to also learn with me, let us start with verse 11. It reads, “it is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:11-16) Each one of you will pick up on different things here, when it comes to living for God in those verses above. As for me, I know how important it is to study the Bible daily and to rightly divide the truth from what people say and from what God says in His Word.. This way we will not be led astray. It is also important to continue to have faith in Jesus all throughout our lives because denying Him means that He will deny us on judgment day. That is why we need to repent and come back to God when do fall away into sin and unbelief. The Lord is waiting for each one of us to do this.
Paul also taught, “if a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:21-26) Again, with these verses, God wants to teach you in His own way. As for me, I’ve learned that God desires for us to purge ourselves from all wickedness, especially the lusts of the flesh. This can be addictions to pornography, drugs, alcohol, and more. The Lord wants to do a new work in us, and only then will His righteousness and real faith flow deep in our lives. In this way, we learn to be patient, and teachable around people. God is the only person who can lead us from the devil and then set us on the path which leads to eternal life. Choose to follow Jesus today.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will help me remain faithful until the end. The flesh is weak, but You are able to make me strong to resist temptation. From reading the Bible daily, I have learned so much wisdom from You. You have helped me rightly divide the truth when it comes to false teachings and what Your words really say. Thank You for leading me in the truth and for pulling me out of every false way. I want to do Your will above all now. Keep me on Your righteous path that Your peace may strive within me. Help me to be humble, patient, and teachable, but never falling for the lies of false teachers. You are above all this, God, and are capable of leading me by the hand, even into greener pastures. I may think that my life is good now, but it can be even better if I simply remain faithful to You. Nothing in this world can compare with Your presence. I am happy when You are near, but sorrowful when You are gone. Thankfully, Your Spirit remains with me still. I have done some very bad things, and You know what they are. You are so patient to not give up on me. As I’ve prayed before, please forgive me. Don’t allow my past sins to cause a right in our relationship. I am all in now. You are my God and I will follow You till the end. I love You, Lord. I give You glory and praise, this day and forever. Amen.