Friday June 6th

Friday

1 Timothy 1:17

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

The psalmist writes in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Here in Timothy, we have a beautiful example of Paul stopping to worship his King.  He uses very similar words to praise God in his other letters often, which suggests that these aspects of God are meaningful to Paul.  Then, he ends the phrase with “Amen.”  There’s a break and pause, where Paul is caught up in the excitement of God that he begins to worship.

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Thursday June 5th

Thursday

1 Timothy 1:18

“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well…”

Samuel Johnson once said “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”   Paul tells Timothy to remember the prophecies and godly words spoken over his life.  Why? Because during hard times, we easily forget the good things of God that were promised over our lives.  To survive in this life, to fight spiritual battles well, we must remember who God says you are.

Tuesday June 3rd

 

Tuesday

1 Timothy 1:15-16

 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”

Paul calls himself the worst of sinners.  He was to Christians, as Hitler was to the Jews. He orchestrated the murder of Christians until he got saved.  Incredible.  The man responsible for the murder of God’s people, God wanted to save.  It shows that anyone can come to know Christ, even when we think we are “the worst of sinners.”

Monday June 2nd

Monday June 2nd

1 Timothy 1:1

“1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope…”

This is the part that we usually skip over: that intro that looks like Paul just saying nothing, but it’s actually super important.  Paul is stating who he is and what gives him the right to be there.  He’s not just a guy; God has given him a role (apostle), authority, and responsibility (command of God).  God has given each of us roles and responsibilities.  Are you, like Paul, living with the role and responsibility that God has given you?