A little history and some reasonable dates for those of us who like such:
· The Apostle Paul was most likely born around the year AD5
· He became a believer in Jesus as Messiah at about 26 or 27 years old when he had his Damascus Road conversion experience.
· Near 35 years later Paul is in prison in Rome and knowing he is about to be martyred writes a last letter to his spiritual son, Timothy.
· About AD 67 Paul is beheaded by order of Nero, Emperor of Rome.
· The Book of 2 Timothy contains the last words God spoke to us through the Apostle Paul. Each word of the Bible is sacred, holy, powerful and true. However, last words seem to hold added weight.
2 Timothy 1 NKJV
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
This morning God is encouraging us to have and hold on to our confidence in Him and His plan for all mankind. Life does not unfold nor are we rewarded according to our own works but rather according to God’s own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. You can afford to be confident because it is God who works in you.
Seeing that we have such a purposeful God who has saved us and called us with a holy calling let us hold fast to the faith we place in Him. Trust the Lord in all things and remember that:
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. These things combat and overcome fear.
If a messenger from heaven miraculously appeared to us right now with all of his splendor and glory, shinning with the brightness of God’s eternal light, most likely the first thing he would say to us would be: “Fear Not!”
When God looked for a man whom He could anoint to be King of all Israel he found a young boy named David. The Bible records God accounting that He found a man after His own heart. David wrote a Psalm concerning the trust and confidence he had in God. In all of Psalms 91 David encourages us to put our trust in God. He testified:
· God will be with you in trouble
· God will give His angels charge over you
· God will hear you when you call
· God will deliver you and cover you
· God will satisfy you with long life
· God will show you His salvation
· If you will simply love and trust Him …
Let me ask you right now:
1. Do you love Him?
a. The scriptures tell us that we love Him because He first loved us.
b. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and whosoever believes in Him shall never perish but shall have eternal life.
c. Perhaps that’s the long life King David was referring to in Psalm 91. Only eternal life can fully satisfy the soul of man.
d. God is willing to show you His salvation right now through Jesus Christ, His Son.
e. Jesus said:
i. “If any man thirst let him come to Me and drink.”
ii. “If any man comes unto Me I will in no wise cast him out.”
iii. “If you love Me you will obey Me.”
f. The first question: Do you love Him this morning?
2. The second question: Will you trust Him?
God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind