Anglican Daily Fountain 18 October 2023 (Devotional Today)
Welcome to Today’s Daily Fountain Devotional of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Daily Fountain is a daily reading devotional for all Anglicans and Non-Anglicans to read, study, share and discuss the Word of God on a daily basis.
TOPIC: FINAL AND URGENT CHARGE
TEXT: 2 Timothy4:4-13(KJV)
4:4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
4:5. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
4:6. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
4:7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
4:8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
4:9. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
4:10. For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
4:11. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
4:12. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
4:13. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
Anglican Daily Fountain 18th October 2023 STUDY:
Our text is taken as the final urgent charge of Apostle Paul to Timothy who is very relevant to us today. What was happening in the days of Timothy is happening today. For instance, Christians are turning away from the truth unto fables, not enduring affliction/persecutions, not enduring sound doctrines, not watchful in all things, not fighting or defending the faith, not keeping the faith and not being conscious of the crown of righteousness (2Tim.4:4,5,7&8).
We have people like Demas that drew back by loving the world (v.10;Heb. 10:38). There are those wallowing in worldliness: Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1John 2:15-17). Paul knew that the consequence of losing the crown of righteousness is hell, hence this final urgent charge.
Consider these questions: Have you turned your ears away from the truth unto fables? Have you stopped enduring sound doctrines/afflictions? Have you abandoned the faith/fellowship for the love of the world, like Demas? Have you abandoned evangelism? The final urgent charge is for us to depart worldliness, return to the faith and keep standing to the end for the crown of righteousness.
PRAYER: Faith of our fathers living still; in spite of dungeon, fire and sword. Oh how our hearts beat high with joy whenever we hear the glorious word.
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