Instructions in the Word
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 1 Timothy 1:18
Such and encouraging verse. Though I always expected that to go into ministry, someone would see the gift on me and help to draw it out with a word of encouragement of some kind. Maybe, something kind of like that has happened to me in the past as a prayer and scripture prayed over me. At another time with my husband a pastor prayed a scripture over us that I had been praying in my private time with God. A “word” of God from God’s Word. Peter called it a “more sure word” in the scriptures. 2 Peter 1:19 says: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: He was saying that the prophetic word of scripture is what lights up the darkness of your heart and leads you on the path God has for you.
I also like that Paul tells Timothy that he is fighting in the LORD’s battle. It isn’t Timothy’s fight, although I’m sure he felt like it was some days. Just like we all do when we get wearing in the work of the LORD. This reminds me of 2 Chronicles 20:15 when one of the Levite’s prophesied over King Jehoshaphat. He said “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. This is the same message for us today. We are in a battle, but it isn’t our fight, it’s God’s. When you are on God’s side, you are going to win those battles every time.
Today I want to encourage you to follow the prophetic words in the scriptures to your planned path. Words like: God makes all grace abound to you so you have all sufficiency in all things for every good work (2 Cor. 9:8) If you are not sure where to start, do a scripture search on “good work”. God has planned many good works that you would do before the world began. (Eph. 2:10) So, take some time to consider and pray about what they might be. Next, when you come up against the battles in life remember that it’s not your fight, it’s God’s. He going to win, so just stay close to Him and He will get you through, every time.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 1:18-20