Beloved, let’s remember the sound teaching of of the scriptures. Let’s study them and allow them to purify our lives and intentions. The Master has great use of us, and the lost has great need of our servIce on our journey of honor.
2 Timothy 2:14-26 (TPT)
“14 Be committed to teach the believers all these things when you are with them in the presence of the Lord. Instruct them to never be drawn into meaningless arguments, or tear each other down with useless words that only harm others.
15 Always be eager[a] to present yourself before God as a perfect and mature minister, without shame, as one who correctly explains the Word of Truth.
Avoid False Teachings
16 And avoid empty chatter and worthless words,[b] for they simply add to the irreverence of those who converse in that manner. 17 For the words of Hymenaeus[c] and Philetus are like gangrene, they have already spread their poison to many. 18 They are lost to the truth and teach gross error when they teach that the resurrection of the dead has already passed.[d] They are guilty of subverting[e] the faith of some believers.
19 But the firm[f] foundation of God has written upon it these two inscriptions: “The Lord God recognizes those who are truly his!”[g] and, “Everyone who worships the name of the Lord Jesus[h] must forsake wickedness!”[i]
Be a Pure Container of Christ
20 In a palace you find many kinds of containers and tableware for many different uses. Some are beautifully inlaid with gold or silver, but some are made of wood or earthenware; some of them are used for banquets and special occasions, and some for everyday use. 21 But you, Timothy, must not see your life and ministry this way. Your life and ministry must not be disgraced, for you are to be a pure container of Christ and dedicated to the honorable purposes of your Master, prepared[j] for every good work that he gives you to do.
22 Run as fast as you can from all the ambitions and lusts[k] of youth; and chase after all that is pure. Whatever builds up your faith and deepens your love must become your holy pursuit. And live in peace with all those who worship our Lord Jesus with pure hearts.
23 Stay away from all the foolish arguments of the immature, for these disputes will only generate more conflict. 24 For a true servant of our Lord Jesus will not be argumentative[l] but gentle toward all and skilled in helping others see the truth, having great patience toward the immature. 25 Then with meekness you’ll be able to carefully enlighten those who argue with you so they can see God’s gracious gift of repentance and be brought to the truth. 26 This will cause them to rediscover themselves[m] and escape from the snare of Satan who caught them in his trap so that they would carry out his purposes.Read full chapter”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (TPT)~
“57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. 58 So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures. “
Be Victoriously Devoted In His Grace!
Timothy S. Lewis