When I see the same story or the same quote or the same Bible verse over and over, it doesn’t take rocket science to know that God wants to get a message through to me. Yes, I have been known to be thick-headed. This scripture from Paul’s second letter to Timothy has now been put in front of me at least six times in as many days.
Yes, Lord, I get it. There is a message in it for me.
I am not a fearful or timid woman. I consider myself fairly brave and quite assertive. I haven’t always been but there is a certain courage that comes with aging!
This admonition from Paul to young Timothy encourages me THREE ways:
- Power: I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4.13 Even if I do something afraid – and there are times we have to plow through the afraid and ‘do it anyway.’
- Love: Perfect love casts out all fear. 1 John 4.18 This is why I don’t have to fear – because Christ’s perfect love has expelled the fear!
- Self-discipline: Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…2 Corinthians 10.4-6 We have weapons of mass destruction! Our weapons are ignited by the power of God Himself! We must engage these heavenly weapons and take our thoughts captive. We can control ourselves – we can be self-disciplined.
Here’s our Sabbath ponderings:
Do I live in His strength or in my own weakness?
Do I fully embrace God’s love and live it out in my daily life?
Do I use God’s weaponry to bring my every thought and vain imagination captive to the obedience of Christ?