I remember your genuine faith for you share the faith that once filled your grandmother lois and your mother Eunice.
and I know that same faith continues strong in you.
this is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.
for God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power love and self discipline.
it is a wonderful thing to think that timothy is a first generation Christian for God doesn’t have grandchildren only sons and daughters but it is amazing to think how the faith of his grandma was passed down to his mother and then to him.
we can only assume this faith continued for many generations afterwards.
we must pass on our faith to our children and the young people God has placed in our lives both by the words of our mouth and the example of our Christian living.
we must like david make sure the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts are acceptable in Gods sight.
He delights in and inhabits the praises of His people.
the more we praise Him the less we will become bogged down by our circumstances.
in His presence is fullness of joy.
let us display it exceedingly and abundantly in the way we treat one another.
in Him we are all family and one.
in Him we live and move and have our being.
we must be active in expressing our faith and not allow the flame of enthusiasm for the things of God to die out within us.
this is cultivated by surrounding ourselves with other like minded Christians who nurture the growth of the seeds of faith Jesus has planted within our hearts on the day we decided to repent and believe.
it is not enough just to believe that Jesus is God even the demons do that though they don’t call Him Lord or master cos they have surrendered their souls to satans kingdom.
it is too late for them but its never too late for us until our last breath to live our lives on fire for Jesus 100%, to be fully devoted to Him in every waking moment.
the fear mentioned in this passage is unholy fear not the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom and essentially means respect honour or reverence.
we need not be intimidated by the works and plans of the enemy for Jesus has more angels on His team and our souls are safeguarded in the hands of the maker of heaven and earth.
it is a constant challenge to actualize the power God has placed within the minds of all who are reborn from the inside out and transformed into an external reflection of His image.
we love like Christ loves when we love with no strings attached without imposing terms and conditions on whether we will love and accept people saying we will love you if you do this for us but otherwise forget about it jill or joe or mbali go hit the road jack and pack your bag- that is not the attitude we should adopt but one that embraces all cultures with open arms one that sees the expression of Christ in every living being who has that same sacrificial attitude being willing to lay down our lives for the sake of the love of Christ which compels us to love humanity in reaction of gratitude to His desire to value our salvation more than His own precious soul redeeming blood pumping through His veins.
another translation swaps self discipline for sound mind.
the way our mind remains pure and blameless as well as our heart is achieved by a combination of Christ working in us to renew us on a daily basis and crucify our selfish desires morphing them into selfless ones and our willingness to cooperate with HIs world altering spirit.
keep walking in love even if it doesn’t get shown to you.
keep finding His joy even when everything seems to be falling apart around you.
sometimes its a struggle I know cos people get sick and some of us are broke as a joke or we have people yelling in our faces all the time but remember that Christ died for you to give you a hope beyond the grave.
in clinging to this hope you can take your eyes off your surroundings and focus them on Him.
that is why you are able to smile in the middle of the storms of life cos this life this mortal coil this physical realm is not all there is.
it is but a drop in the ocean of eternity, a small fraction of the whole totality of our existence.
remember God is with you so you don’t have to walk the road of life alone 😉
we were made to worship Him in spirit and truth.
be a cup of kindness today that is poured out by the hands of God on all around you ❤