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Samara Perrot

2 Timothy Chapter 1

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2 Timothy 1:12
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

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Paul is writing again to Timothy, but now from prison. He is suffering hardship for the gospel, and many of the people he had been reaching have turned away from him. But even so, he is able to stand firm in his calling and declare the gospel, with an eternal perspective that goes beyond present troubles and banks on Him whom he has believed in. Because of who he has placed his faith in, he declares that he is unashamed of his message, and encourages Timothy to persevere in being likewise.

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Being ashamed comes too naturally at times.. and this verse reminds me that boldness in my faith is much less about summoning some inner strength and swallowing fear, and more about “knowing who I have believed in”. When I have been walking in daily relationship with Him, the revelation is vibrant that He truly is able to keep me close. In which case, “I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

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Lord, there are many times that I have not felt bold; when the fear of man has overwhelmed my desire to proclaim your name. Thank you Lord that you are so faithful, that you always lead me back to the main thing: relationship with you. When I need it Father, remind me of the Who of my faith and just how able He is. Amen.

1 Timothy Chapter 6

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1 Timothy 6:11-12
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…

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Paul is wrapping up this letter with a petition to Timothy to guard his faith. He’s instructed him on church matters and money and prayer, and things and people to avoid. But the language is strong.. the call to follow Jesus is yes!, a life under grace and mercy and practicing love, but it is also a lifetime of fleeing, pursuing and fighting. To flee from temptation, greed and the company of those who would mock God or distort the gospel or love idle babbling. To pursue godliness and faithfulness and the fruits of being filled with the Spirit. To fight the good fight of faith, with eyes on eternity.

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The Christian life is not an apathetic one, although I am still learning the rest and peace that comes from sitting under the yoke of Jesus. It is active and with some missional urgency. It should not be an anxious one, because we know who is Sovereign, although I have definitely struggled with being overwhelmed. It is a life of guarding and growing my faith, of doing good works, not to win my salvation but because of my salvation and relationship with my Father.

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Father thank you that you see all the facets of my faith journey thus far: the things and people that have brought me closer to you, and those that have distracted me from godliness, the Kingdom, and eternity. Help me Lord to actively guard my faith in you, and to pursue your heart for me and the world. Help me when I become overwhelmed. Amen.

1 Timothy Chapter 5

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1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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Timothy is being instructed on some of the details of overseeing a group of Christians, some of the issues he will face. There is a strong emphasis on family, and taking responsibility for the needs and struggles in your own. This frees up the church to meet the needs (emotionally, financially) of those who have no one.

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This reminds me that the practical frontier of our faith is often our own home and close circles. Who I am and how I behave in my closest circles speaks volumes about how surrendered under Christ’s Lordship I am. This challenges me to more actively serve and love those closest to me, whether they are in Christ or not. It speaks volumes to them, and grows integrity of faith in me. At home is often where we show fatigue and apathy and perhaps can lose some intention towards others.

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Father thank you for families, with all the ups and downs of living so close to other sinners, and all the lessons I have learnt about myself and You in this closest of circles. Sometimes I forget to give the best of my generosity, love and service especially when I am busy in serving further afield. Remind me to reflect You closest to home as well. Amen.

1 Timothy Chapter 4

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1 Timothy 4:14-15
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

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Timothy is a young pastor, and in this chapter, Paul is encouraging him to pursue full bore maturity of faith and godliness, for his sake and for the sake of the church he pastors. Just as you water the grass you wish to grow, Paul is urging Timothy to nourish the gift of faith and leadership and to pursue godliness in sight of all. To “give himself entirely” to this calling. By this, he will nurture his flock, and also be able to discern “deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” that are seeking to distract the followers of Jesus.

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We are to nurture the gift of faith that God has given us. To feed it and nourish it with being in the Word, in prayer, in the community, and living under the example of those of maturity in faith. Then it will grow and be an example to those coming behind us. If we are diligent in this and give it the weight and discipline it deserves, we will also be ready to discern distractions and false theology that would lead us astray from Jesus.

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Father, thank you for the example of those who go before us and those who lead us: faithful people who have nourished their faith and been dedicated to their gifts. Help us Lord to “take heed” to ourselves.. to know when we are lacking in diligence in the nourishment of our faith, and to reach out to you and your word for encouragement, correction, and grace. Amen.

 

1 Timothy Chapter 3

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 1 Timothy 3:1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.

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Perhaps this was an actual “saying” in the early church.. who understood that to be a bishop, or “overseer”, of the faith, was to work really, really hard but at something beautifully and nobly good. Being a leader/pastor/bishop in the early church would have been like leading a frontier mission, new, adventurous, fraught with uncertainty and at times dangerous. No doubts as to why these people had to be equipped with steady characters and maturity of faith in Christ’s mission.

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This verse spoke to me in two ways.. firstly as a reminder to pray for and praise God for the wonderful faithful leaders/pastors/overseers I have in my world and church home. It is hard and costly work today too. Secondly it spoke to me of the fact that I am a leader in my own home, and in some of my own circles and situations. And that desiring to be a better “leader” in these areas, in pursuit of Gods kingdom, is a great desire. A good and blessed “work”, to His glory.

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Father, thank you so much for the men and women who have followed their call and desire to oversee my faith, to lead me and teach me and pastor me. Bless them and their good work, to Your glory. Help me to aspire to further your Kingdom in the places in which I oversee and lead and serve. My children, my work, my small group, my friends. Amen.

 

1 Timothy Chapter 2

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1 Timothy 2:8-9
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but with good works.

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Paul spends this chapter reminding us that talking to God is so vital to our lives as His church. He says to pray for everyone, people in our close circles as well as those in governance and power, mediating and reconciling through telling God about the world. He encourages men to worship and pray rather than grumble or doubt; and women to not be distracted by perfecting outward appearance but to devote to praying and beautifully serving God practically.

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I often need reminding to keep the main thing the main thing. To keep my relationship with my Heavenly Father central by talking to Him about everything, even though He already sees and knows. To give Him that space to work in my heart and mind about issues. And to do this as a corporate church for the same reasons.

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Lord, help me to stay diligent and focussed on my True North, my relationship with a relational God. Help me Lord when I get too focussed on the outward appearance of my life, and forget to lift all things up to you in prayer. Thank you that you hear our prayers.

Amen

 

1 Timothy Chapter 1

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1 Timothy 1:5-7
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.

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Paul starts with a warning. He reminds us of Jesus’ commandment to love, a central component to the faith we profess. He reminds us of love that is pure in heart, conscience (or motive), and sincerity. “A life that is open to God” as The Message Bible puts it. He tells Timothy though that some believers have become distracted from this central point, chasing knowledge and finding themselves stuck in the law, practicing “idle talk” and lacking true understanding of what they’re talking about.

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When my life loses the centrality of Christ and His love for me and the world, I miss the point. It’s so easy then to start wandering into trying to buff up on knowledge and lofty discussions that have no heart. When my relationship with Jesus is the main thing, then Theology and discussions with other Christians becomes alive and helps to “work out my faith”.

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Lord Jesus, thank you that you are so very patient with our wanderings. Help me Lord to keep a focussed revelation of your love at the centre of my days, that everything else I put my mind to would fall subject to this love and it’s cause.
Amen

 

John Chapter 20

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John 20:27
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
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Jesus is risen from the dead! His disciples are so confused and amazed. Mary Magdalene believes quickly, when He calms her by name. But for others, and Thomas, Jesus must show them His scarred hands and side before they believe and are glad ‘when they see the Lord’. Jesus’ first friends and followers have seen so many amazing things in His company, but still this would have been mind blowing. Jesus enters with ‘peace be with you’. They would have needed it. He is on a mission. He doesn’t dally in commissioning them, sending them into the world for the Gospel.

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I love how relatable the disciples are in this passage. How human they are and in need of reassurance and peace. Jesus is quick to show them the scars, and is kind and patient with the doubters. When I doubt I know I am not the first one. And though there is no tangible side to place my hand on to bring assurance, He is always faithful in my questions and struggles, leading me back to the point of saying again “my Lord and my God”. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. But for those who sometimes doubt in their seeking after Him, He is ever faithful.

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Lord sometimes I believe without seeing, and I am grateful for the testimonies in my life that remind me of Your glory and goodness, and the grace of salvation. Lord on the Thomas days, thank you that I am not the first or the last, but that you are faithful and sure. That when I seek, I find. And when I drink from your well, I find that you are good. Thank you Jesus for meeting us right where we are at. And for not leaving us unchanged.
All glory to you.
Amen.

John Chapter 19

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John 19:28
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
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Jesus is the lamb of God, obedient to His Father’s will, even to death. And everything lines up, so that even details like the soldiers casting lots for His clothing and not breaking his legs bring fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. All of this detail adds to proclaim the gravity of who this is. Jesus knew exactly what was happening, and there’s not many of His words in this chapter. No fight, no last-minute sermon. He is grave and graceful until the end. What a Saviour. God’s rescue plan, finished.

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It is so sad and grave and beautiful and haunting to read of Jesus going with acceptance to His death. I never want to forget or minimise this sacrifice; I never want to reduce this intricate and amazing rescue plan to anything less than overwhelming love and sacrifice by the King of Kings.

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Lord Jesus, it is hard to comprehend at times the gravity of the cross. But Lord thank you for fresh revelation, that before I knew you, you made the way for me to be a child of God. Imprint this on my heart. I want to remain astounded by this truth.
Amen.

John Chapter 18

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John 18:37
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
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None of this is a surprise to Jesus. He knows what is to transpire. He has entered the world as King, bringing a kingdom of truth. He has been talking about it, describing its nature, it’s ‘way’, and He has been modelling it to the world. It is a kingdom of truth, not force or flag or land. The truth that God is holy and that He is love, and that we have value and need rescuing.

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I should not be surprised when my faith in Jesus is attacked, just as He was not surprised by the cross. He has made it clear that there will be trials as a part of knowing Him and His truth. And the preciousness of this truth, this salvation, He has made clear too. That it was worth His death that I would know it is confronting and humbling.

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Lord, my salvation is no small thing. Thank you that your truth has captivated my heart. Help me to keep on seeking your face, to keep your truth at the front of my life. Until I ‘count all things as lost’..
Amen.