Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16, NKJV)
Dig Deeper: 1 Timothy 4:7-16
Many today are declaring that Christianity should not be complicated by doctrine, and young people are embracing this belief while many from the older generations sit in silence. We should just as boldly as Paul [in today’s Key Bible Verse] advise those younger than us.
With careful instructions Paul also counselled his spiritual son [Timothy] to advise his elders in the faith, to grab hold of scriptural doctrine and teach them to the young and old. Here is a wonderful picture of God’s truth impacting one generation to another. The aged can learn from the young, too. This is God’s wisdom.
My prayer is that you will sense God encouraging you to impact those around you, regardless of age. Look for the Lord’s purpose in every circumstance and in every face or voice you encounter daily, for the time he has given you is not without purpose. Prepare for each day by asking the Lord to open your eyes to what is going on around you. You may feel lonely, but perhaps the Lord will use your smile to draw someone else close to you. You may experience pain, but the Lord may use your resolve to strengthen another who doesn’t have the will to go on.
– Billy Graham in Nearing Home
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