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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Eleven

Meditation: Be fervent

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:2-3

Apostle Paul here urged Timothy to be fervent and urgent in his ministry in view of the eminent and soon coming return of the Lord Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead. That message is very relevant to us today as the coming of our Lord is nearer than when we first believed.
Romans 13:11 KJV
[11] And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

We must understand that the coming of Jesus draws near each day we live and it is our duty to prepare for it and to help people around us to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

I will like us to look at Paul’s instructions to us at this time from the amplified translation of the Bible.

2 Timothy 4:2 AMP
[2] Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency stand by, be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong. And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.

In the King James Version this is what it says:
2 Timothy 4:2 KJV
[2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Now let us look at this verse in smaller details.

1. Preach the word. This is a key part of our calling and duty, preach the word.
2. Be instant in season and out of season. This is saying that we must preach with urgency and we must preach at all times, whether it is convenient or not convenient, whether the opportunity is favorable or not favorable or whether it is welcome or not welcome. Preach the word, help people to hear the message of salvation and bring them to the Lord.
3. Reprove or Correct. This is necessary for a preacher to do and as a believer you should also be involved in correcting friends who are in the wrong. Don’t leave people in their folly but correct them. Through correction many will learn and be changed.
4. Rebuke. This means to express sharp disapproval or criticism over a behavior or action. A pastor or minister or leader has responsibility to rebuke the people over any forms of unacceptable behavior or action. If you are a leader you should not be shy to rebuke anyone; and if you are rebuked by your leader you should have the humility and respect to accept rebuke. This is God’s order for the church. Any leader that pampers and refrains from rebuke will raise egoistic and incorrigible followers and they would not be able to serve God effectively.
5. Exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. The word exhort also means to admonish, to make urgent appeal, to stir up by strong arguments or to encourage someone to do something. An important part of a minister’s assignment over the people is exhortation. It comes through preaching or teaching or counseling. The minister has responsibility to exhort people to do what is right and profitable before God and for the benefit of the people. Don’t leave the people doing what does not please God and don’t leave the people without direction for their lives but exhort them with great patience and careful instruction. A lot of people don’t respond quickly to instruction, to teaching or exhortation. This is why Apostle Paul tells us here that we have to do it with great patience (long suffering). Be patient as you exhort and keep teaching and instructing them until you see the changes that you are desiring.

Prayers
1. Ask the Lord for give you fresh grace to reach the world and the boldness to do it with passion. Pray for yourself that you will preach the truth and not compromise the word of God no matter what happens around you.
2. Pray for passion and courage to preach the word at every opportunity, when there is/no opportunity, when it is convenient and not convenient, whether it is favorable or not favorable or whether it is welcomed or not welcomed.
3. Ask God to give you grace to correct things that are wrong. Pray that you will not be intimidated by anything or anyone and allow wrong things to become acceptable when you have the opportunity to correct them.
4. Pray that you will be bold and courageous to rebuke people when they do wrong. Ask God to give everyone around you the humility to accept rebuke and the teach ability to make changes.
5. Ask the Lord for teaching grace to exhort with correct doctrines and for great patience to exhort patiently until the desired change is seen.



Faith confession

1. I declare that I will not be ashamed or afraid to preach God’s word and to preach the truth at all times
2. I will be urgent and take every door God brings to resent the truth of His word without compromise
3. I will boldly correct, rebuke and exhort with great patience and without holding back the truth, God helping me in Jesus name, Amen.


Memory verse
2 Timothy 4:2 KJV
[2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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