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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
At the time of his ordination, Timothy had received special gifts of the Spirit to enable him to serve the church. In telling Timothy to “fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you,” Paul was encouraging him to persevere. Timothy did not need new revelations or new gifts; he needed the courage and self-discipline to hang on to the truth and to use the gifts he had already received. If Timothy would step out boldly in faith and proclaim the Good News once again, the Holy Spirit would go with him and give him power. When you use the gifts God has given you, you will find that God will give you the power you need. (NLT)
2 Timothy 1:1-10 – This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus.
It is written to Timothy, my dear son.
May God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Timothy, I thank God for you. He is the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
I know that you sincerely trust the Lord, for you have the faith of your mother, Eunice, and your grandmother, Lois. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Christ. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the proclamation of the Good News.
It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the coming of Christ Jesus, our Savior, who broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life through the Good News.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. –2 Timothy 1:5 (NRSV)
Donyale Fraylon (Texas) titled her story “SHARING OUR PLATES;” here is a portion of Donyale’s story:
“When my son began eating solid foods, it was a challenge to get him to eat vegetables. . . . One day I realized that although my son was disinterested in the food on his plate, he was interested in what was on mine. He would eat anything served on my plate in order to imitate me. . . .
“In a similar way, Lois and Eunice influenced Timothy. This grandmother and mother shared a spiritual plate chockfull of their faith in Christ. Over time the faith they planted grew in Timothy to become a life of faith and service to the Lord.
“Parents and grandparents want to provide their children and grandchildren with the very best home, education, and opportunities. Lois and Eunice are reminders of our responsibility to also provide the next generation with a foundation of faith, that they may be nourished until they crave a sincere faith of their own.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I plant seeds of faith for the next generations?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to live in ways that show the next generations our love for you and our sincere faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
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