1 Timothy 6:11 Run Away And Chase

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

Paul tells Timothy to flee all of this. What is “this”? Looking back at the previous few verses, it is the things of this world. It is wealth, false teaching, and other harmful desires.

For a person to flee, it is to run away as fast as possible. When a person is being chased by a wild animal, he will run as fast as possible to get away. If he knows that there is danger ahead, he will try to go a different route. Most people will run away from danger, rather than go up to it, if they realize it is dangerous.

The world tries to say that the things they have and are doing are not dangerous. God, however, says that all those things are dangerous. They will pull a person away from Him and send them on a path to hell.

Timothy was told to pursue the things of God. These things are righteousness, doing the right thing; godliness, living like Jesus; love, loving God and everyone else; endurance, hanging in there when times are rough; and gentleness, being soft and kind to others.

To pursue something is to chase after it, track it down, seek it out. A person pursuing an animal during a hunt will keep going step by step for a long time in order to catch that animal. Regardless of which way the animal turns, the hunter will keep following in order to get that prize.

As a believer, you must chase after the things of God. Strive to have everything God wants you to have. Do not get caught up in the temporary things of this world.

God can give you more than the world will ever be able to offer. He is willing to give it to you, if you are willing to accept it.

Chase after God and be like Jesus and the reward will be great.

Chase after the things of this world, and you will lose all in the end.

I pray today that God will help you run away from all sin; that you chase after God; that you will chase after being like Jesus; that you will put on the characteristics of Jesus; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Timothy 4:8 The Best Training

“For physical training if of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8

Many people love to workout. They will go to the gym for various reasons. Some do it so that they will look good physically. Others do a workout so that they will stay healthy and in good shape. Some will do it because they want to be around others that work out on a regular basis. Still others will do it out of guilt that they should or because a doctor ordered it.

Working out in a gym does have its value. It does help a person stay healthy and in good physical shape. The problem is that is where this type of training has an end in value. It is only good for this life. How long is this life? Maybe 70-80 years for the average person that is in good shape, but then it is over and the eternal part of life starts. At that point all of the physical training a person did has no value at all.

This is where Paul says one is to train to be godly. Godliness has value both now and in the future.

When you are living a godly life, you will be taking care of yourself physically at the same time. You will be living according to God’s plan for your life. God will direct you to live the best way possible, if you listen to Him and trust Him.

Train yourself to read the Bible daily. As you read it, study it and apply it to your life. Train yourself to do what the Bible says: pray, worship, and witness. All three of these things take training to get better at it. You are supposed to live your life like Jesus did. As soon as you can match your life exactly like Jesus, then you have finished your training. Until then keep training.

Living like Jesus will help you in this life and in the life eternal that is to come.

How is your training going today? Is it just physical? Or is it training to be like Jesus?

Is it good just for today? Or does it hold value for eternity?

I pray today that God will show you how to grow more like Jesus; that you will train yourself be like God; that you will not focus on the physical of this temporary world only; and that your training will be of value both now and in eternity.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 A Burnt Conscience

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

All throughout time there have been people who have been followers of Jesus that decided, for some reason or other, to stop being a believer. Some have walked completely away from belief in Jesus, while others have started to follow a path saying they follow Jesus, but not the Jesus of the Bible. They have been deceived by those being led by demons and liars. These liars have had their conscience seared or burnt.

When a person burns a part of his body, that part usually loses feeling for a time, if not permanently. Think about a time when you were eating something hot (in temperature), your tongue gets burned. For a while you cannot taste anything clearly.

In this same way a person’s conscience can be burned by deceptions. The more it is burned the less it is aware of things happening. This type of burning is a little by little. It teaches the conscience to not be aware of something bad.

In martial arts, students will hit their hand into a bucket of sand to strengthen and numb the nerves in the hand. This is done to allow a harder hit on something.

The world is constantly setting things out little by little to change their conscience. What was not acceptable yesterday, becomes acceptable today because of the searing of the conscience.

Every believer needs to be aware of the lies that are being told around them all the time. Do not allow the deception into your life and heart. The world says you need things or a god, but not Jesus.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and know the truth. Jesus is the truth and He will set you free. Do not allow your conscience to become burnt and numb to the schemes of the devil.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lies around you; that God will help you flee all lies of the enemy; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to keep your heart soft and alive; that you will keep your heart sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

1 Timothy 3:8 Worthy Of Respect

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8

Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.

It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.

Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.

Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.

The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.

Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.

How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?

It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.

Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.

I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 What God Wants

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Paul is stating that something is good. What is this good thing? It is the praying for everyone and giving thanks for everyone for the purpose of leading peaceful and godly lives. This type of living pleases God.

Why does this please God? It pleases Him because He wants everyone to be saved. He wants people to know the truth. Knowing the truth will set a person free. Remember that Jesus is the truth. If a person knows Jesus, he can be set free.

In order for a person to be saved, he must know the truth–Jesus. He must know that he is lost and dying, on a path of destruction. He must know that Jesus can change all of that.

The only way a person can know about Jesus is seeing Jesus in someone else and another person telling him about Jesus. Someone has to be a witness to who Jesus is and what He can do.

This is where living a godly, holy life comes into the picture. Living a godly life is living your life-like God. Acting, thinking, and speaking just like God would.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He walked the perfect godly, holy life. People would come to Him because they could see that He was somebody different. Jesus was somebody who portrayed who God is. He was willing to tell the people the truth. His truth was given to set people free from their bondage to sin and death.

Jesus did not live this way for a popularity contest. It was not to just look and sound good. It was to love God with all of His heart, soul, mind, and body, and to do what God wants Him to do. His whole purpose was to bring salvation to the people.

How are you living your life today? Are you loving God with all that is in you? Are you striving to fulfill His purpose, to bring many to salvation?

Every person around you needs to know Jesus. Live your life-like Jesus as an example and tell them about Jesus today.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live a godly, holy life; that you will change your ways to live for God; that you will live to please God; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 What Needs To Be Done

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Paul had just pointed out how he had been saved by God’s grace. He encouraged everyone to hold on to that same faith. Now he is urging everyone to pray and give thanks for everyone and for a good reason.

The believers who pray usually will be praying for many people. However, most will not be giving thanks for all those same people they are praying for. Part of the “everyone” believers are to give thanks for is those who they don’t really like, those who are not good to believers.

It is interesting that he includes kings and those in authority. Everyone has someone over them that they do not really care for. They think the person is wrong or bad in their leadership. Very few people will give thanks to God for that person, yet, that is what Paul is saying.

God has placed every person in the position that they are in. They are there for a purpose. Pray and give thanks for that person.

The purpose of praying and giving thanks is so that you may live a peaceful, godly, holy life.

When others are not living for God around you, it makes it more difficult to live for God yourself. Leadership will make rules against believers if they do not follow God.

When you are praying and giving thanks for those in authority, God can work in their lives to change them. Your prayers and thanks can influence them to make better choices. It will also show the love of God to them, rather than hatred and anger.

Many believers show hatred to leaders who don’t follow God. This causes the enemy to rise up stronger against believers. The enemy cannot fight true love. True love breaks down anger and rebellion. God’s true love will be shown in how you pray and thank God for others.

Take time today to pray for everyone and remember to thank God for those people in your life. This way you may live the life God wants you to live and be the witness He wants you to be.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for everyone; that God will strengthen you to be thankful for everyone; that you will pray God’s desire for everyone; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:15-16 The Worst Sinner

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 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.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Paul realized how great of a sinner he was. He called himself the worst sinner. This could be debated as to if he was the worst or if someone else had been worse than him. Regardless of how much a person has sinned, he is a sinner and among the worst.

One must see how bad being a sinner really is. Once that can be seen, it can also be seen how great God’s patience and mercy is.

There are believers, who have been in the church for their whole life or many years, who forget the sin side of their life. If they grew up in the church, they don’t think of their “small” sins (such as telling a lie, cheating on a test, etc.) as that great. Or if they were saved later, but have been a believer for many years, they forget who they had been.

Sin is still sin. It is still against God. When Jesus has saved you, you are saved from your sins. The mercy is just as great for you who has sinned little and for the one who has sinned a lot. Jesus has the same patience for both of you.

If God has patience with you, you, also, should have patience with others that are growing in the Lord Jesus.

How do you see yourself? Are you a great Christian believer? Or are you the worst sinner being saved by grace?

Regardless of whether you told a lie or you murdered a thousand people, you were a sinner. If you are believing in Jesus today, you are being saved.

Do not forget who you were. Remember that at one time you were also against Jesus. Show that example to others so that they may know they may be saved also.

I pray today that you will know how bad all sin is; that you will know the grace, mercy and patience God has for you; that God will help you turn from all sin; and that you will be a light in this world of His love, grace, mercy, and patience.