1 Timothy 4:1-16 Devotional – Day 2

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS OMNISCIENT
God is all-knowing. God’s knowledge encompasses every possible thing that exists, has ever existed, or will ever exist. Nothing is a mystery to Him. 

Psalm 139:1-6
Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me. This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.

PRAISE THE OMNISCIENT GOD
Praise is for you. It is directed to God but it is for you, to remind you of who God is. Praise Him because He is all-knowing. Take comfort in the reality that God knows every detail of your life. He knows without trying. He knows because He is omniscient.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Embrace. Ask God to use there staff and volunteers to minister to children and mothers considering abortion.

SCRIPTURE READING:

1 Timothy 4:1-16 English Standard Version
Some Will Depart from the Faith
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:
We tend to believe that we cannot be taken in by false or inaccurate teaching. We think our spiritual radar is tuned perfectly to the truth. If we see demonic teaching we will immediately recognize it. Be careful. Pride makes us careless and stupid. Paul warns Timothy in his letters to watch out for false doctrine. Timothy was not to become nonchalant but rather to remain vigilant. For most of us we are not going to be taken in by direct attacks on things like the authority of Scripture or the Lordship of Jesus. However, there are more subtle lies that can begin to undermine our confidence in God. For instance, we can begin to think that God should protect us from all or most trouble. When he does not, we struggle to trust him. Scripture clearly teaches that in this life we will have trouble. We can wonder why we don’t “feel” his presence more closely and begin to have doubts about his love or goodness. Scripture is clear that we are not to put our faith in our feelings but in the facts of the gospel. Be vigilant. Inspect your own mind and life for diversion from the truth of the gospel. It may be subtle, but even subtle diversion from the truth can cause serious problems in our lives.

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