2 Timothy 2:1-13 Devotional – Day 3

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING – The whole of creation came into existence through the will and power of God. 

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being

John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Praise the Creator God
Praise and Thank God for His good creation. Praise Him that He created solely through His will and power. Give praise to Him for specific aspects of His creation.

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 your friends who do not know Jesus. Ask God to strengthen your friendships and to give you opportunities for gospel conversations.

SCRIPTURE READING:
2 Timothy 2:1-13 – New Living Translation

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
2 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. 6 And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

8 Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

11 This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
12 If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.
Soldiers do what civilians do: they work, play, eat, sleep, drive vehicles. You might even say that civilians also want to please their bosses…so what is the difference? The biggest difference is that civilians work for their employers “on the clock.” Soldiers have no clock. Technically, soldiers are on the job (at least on call) 24/7. Soldiers, unlike civilians, can be told by their commanders not only to kill but to die. It would be illegal and unethical for a boss at some company to tell his employee to go and do something that will certainly lead to his death. It is neither illegal nor unethical for a commander, in order to accomplish a mission, to send a soldier to what is a sure death. Soldiers do what civilians do but they must not become entangled in those things. So, soldier, have you gone from doing the things that must be done to live your life, to being entangled by them? Has something other than the pleasure of Christ become the engine that drives your life? If so, repent. Admit to it, turn from it, and remember who it is you live for.

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