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Prepared For This

Prepared For This

19 June 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 1-3; Psalm 82; 1 Timothy 1

Scripture:

18 I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, 19 keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in. There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith. (1 Timothy 1:18-19 MSG)

Paul had invested more heavily in Timothy’s life and ministry than any other individual. He considered the relationship special and unique – a spiritual father and son relationship. Now, near the end of Paul’s ministry and life, he begins to address the matter of handing huge responsibility over to Timothy.

Paul reminded Timothy of prophecies that had been directed to Timothy – prophecies by Paul and other mature church leaders. The prophecies to Timothy were challenging and encouraging messages from God about God’s plan and purpose for Timothy’s life. Paul said that the prophecies directed to Timothy were to prepare them for this transition and to help Timothy be strong and fearless and effective.

God directs things to us to prepare us. Sometimes those things are prophecies, words of encouragement, or insights from our devotional reading and journaling. Other times those things may be challenges, problem situations, divine encounters, and day-to-day experiences. God directs things to us to prepare us for his plan to be worked out in our lives.

Paul reminded Timothy of prophecies God had directed to him to prepare him for what was ahead. I need to be reminded of prophecies, insights, challenges, and experiences that God has directed to me to prepare me. I must be awake and aware so as not to miss the things God directs to me to prepare me for his will to be fulfilled in my life.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for giving me purpose. Thanks for caring enough about me to include me in your plan. Thanks for directing prophecies and experiences and insights to me to prepare me for your plan. Please remind me. I forget so easily. Please continue to patiently prepare me and keep me on track. Amen.

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