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May 29, 2022 8:00 am
Back before 365 times. God's word says do not fear this is the word featuring the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton may known as a well-known author, Pastor Patrick Billy Graham for 25 years and today, let him be your teacher as we open up second Timothy chapter 2 for this message. A Christian response to fear open the word to get another were open to pray with you 24 hours a day at 866899866899673 or meet us on our firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't signed up for Dr. Don daily devotional need to do that today comes out email on our website.
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Today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton Bible second right there in the New Testament we going to be in second Timothy this is Paul speaking to Timothy in his world and he says this Timothy I've been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois, and also in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded that this same spirit now lives in you. For this reason I want to remind you about something that you need a fan into flame the gift of God which is in you and you will remember Eisai is when we laid hands on you and say apart for the work which God is called verse seven for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but as given to us a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
Just turn over the page of its over the page for you to chapter full. Want to show you what Timothy was being told to do.
Perhaps I'll just read a few verses here Timothy second Timothy four beginning in verse two.
This is what God tells Timothy preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come. Are you listening people for the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what they're teaching is one to hear. They will turn there is a way from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you Christian person. Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship to the work of an evangelist and discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Timothy had a mandate was a full fold mandate. In summary, number one, to preach the word just to take God's word and say this is what God saves from God's word. He was being reminded that this word doesn't contain the word of God. It is the word. This is God's inerrant and infallible word everywhere from Genesis to Revelation. There are no exceptions. He was reminding the Christian man that you don't select things from God to suit people you just shared brought number two. He was telling him in this passage to be prepared in season and out of season. That little phrase there is interesting you can interpret that in the life of a preacher, whether you feel good or with you.be prepared in season and out of season. That little word they literally means you be a Christian. Whether you feel like it or don't feel like it's like 24 seven number three Timothy's mandate was to understand the world in which he lived. You know that verse there that saves the time will come.
He's telling you need understand your will. There will be a time when people won't go to church for any other reason then if that church is shooting their itching ears got nothing to do with God's word is whether or not it fits what they believe God should or should not be they will keep to themselves teachers. There will be a great pulling of people away from the absolute truth of God's word toward personal preference and even personal conviction. He was telling them understand the world and number four, which I love. This fourth mandate. Keep your head and look what he says in verse five of chapter 4, but you keep your head in how many situation all situations.
So Christians listen that's incredible. Keep your head. Keep your head all we listening that means focus don't veer off course I know work is a tough place. I know you living in a difficult environment.
I know you're facing challenges keep your head in all situations. Keep your eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. But he doesn't just leave it there about to show us something made so this kid in context is this man pull this Christian man in his will and he was living in a difficult and on natural inclination is to have a spirit of timidity you unpack that would timid makes us timid, fearful pullback holdback become isolated.
You know what happens then depression will save some of you are getting depressed. The world is making you that way you feeling the crush and you can't quite explain.
It's like every time you turn around, it's not so good and you feel it and it sits on you. It's like a fog. So let me give you some great news here. This is God's counsel you ready for this is God. This is the counselor gone to narrative told him to do three things. This is Tom number one strength from others listening to Dr. Don Wilton will be back with the rest of today's message of Christian response to fear in just a moment. We want to know that we're here for you were connecting both on our website TW online.org. Also on the phone. There is a time where typing is good.
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But that's way he began, he said get in in second Timothy chapter 2 and verse five he said this sincerity of your faith. This spirit of determination.
This beautiful Christian living. This vibrancy is right there in your grandmother and I and also in your mother and then he affirms to leases and I can see it in you number two pieces use gifts given by God in verse six of second Timothy chapter 1 he says use gifts given by God fan into flame the gifts that all in you.
So what what God is saying had a Timothy's Timothy function in your zone you want to overcome your timidity function in your zone but make sure you function you are grieving the heart of God.
If God you know God is gifted you and most believe is a gifted in so many different ways and you don't usual gifts. Accordingly, you are grieving God and your sentencing yourself to a life of timidity. This is the spiritual gas in the tank of the heartbeat and soul, spirit of the Christian believer. So what's God's counsel number one to draw strength from others. Number two. To use the gifts given by God number three to celebrate the mean to carry this through and so what God tells Timothy here is that there are three spiritual gifts that all believers have this is what we all have. God gives us these three gifts to carry us through and overcome the pressure and the timidity the fear that we feel to translate to us from weakness into strength to give us spiritual energy. This is the energizing work of God the spirit and there are three of them and I'll just briefly mention them. First is the spirit of power. Secondly is the spirit of love and thirdly is the spirit of self discipline and order sound mind. These are so essential. These all the gifts that we all have the triumvirate of spiritual giftedness if you please, that all believers have that provide us with the necessary God-given fuel that will in all of us to overcome the pressure cooker spirit of power, that's beautiful. God's given to you and me a spirit of power, it's that they is a spiritual word for effective active energy God-given.
If effective, productive energy, God provides us with the power of the effective productive energy necessary to accomplish his purposes because, in and of ourselves we don't always feel like that and many times we feel so intimidated by everybody and everything we find ourselves resorting to silence and inability and incapability, and God sees.
Listen, you have this power upon you. You can because I am Jesus is like that.
Then he said I've given you a spirit of love Romans five in verse five the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit, which is given to us. Love of God has been poured out within our hearts by the spirit which has been given to us.
You been given the spirit of love. One of the things I love about leading people to Jesus and then listening to their testimonies. People always comment how they just have us total change of heart toward other people. Give your life to Christ and you have this change of heart toward other this a newfound love and it's the spirit of love. It's been poured out in you by the spirit of the living God spirit of power on the spirit of love and then a spirit of self discipline.
I love that third one. It literally means that God by his spirit gives to all of us a secure and sound mind. Listen to the spokes he gives to us the very means by which the believer is able to control every element of his life. Our lives is so complex and multifaceted, and a spirit of self discipline roughly translated means I spirit of a sound mind. It's right thinking thinking right thinking according to God's standard. We become timid in our Christianity because we no longer think right, our minds are so flooded with all the rubbish. The garbage that is just being thrown everywhere. This polluted world. He said I've given you a spirit of a sound mind.
The very means by which you as a believer are able to control every element of your life in first Corinthians 926 Paul spoke about the cities not going to run around aimlessly.
He's not going to be like a boxer who just beats the air aimlessly.
He's going to the spirit of God bringing his body and ease mind under a spiritual sub Jackson whereby the power and presence of the spirit of God takes a hold of me because God says I can move things through Christ who strengthens me that God enables me to do with God.
Everything simple is is possible. God can. So how does that apply to me.
How does that apply to just what to do me give you six or seven things in a practical way. You try to take all of this here I am here you all. We are believers and we living in our world, retrying jolly hard on three we want to live for the Lord Jesus. We want to be counted.
I you and I want we want to hear Jesus say well done good and faithful servant. We want to please the Lord, we do. We've got this wound and its squeezing. We becoming more and more timid and fearful.
He says hold on a minute me tell you what to do for strength from others.
Use the gifts God has given to you and celebrate very means that God is given to you to carry that through you got it you got the spirit of power on the spirit of love and the spirit of self-discipline, sound mindedness, so how does that apply to you. Me) is ready.
I want first thing all of us need to do know who you believe that starting point number one I can do. I know I know who I believe I I believe Jesus I've settled that, do you know Jesus. Have you say to that. If you given your heart to him. That's why invite you today.
Give your life to Christ. You do that right now. I promise you, your life will never be the same again trust Jesus. Give your heart to him number two. Accept your assignment except your son thank you Lord number three admit fear I'm doing in front of thousands of people right now I'm going to tell you, you look at me and say will you know Don you just get up there. I'm just telling you, there are too many times that I'm finding myself many times, off to the fact saying you know I should have and I did and I really think the reason I didn't is the spirit of timidity this fear. This fear not black like you standing the it's it's it's a spiritual thing. You know I just don't need to live. I admit you feel just tell the Lord so you know Lord you know you can even you can even come to church and sit next to somebody in a spirit of timidity will cause you not to want to turn to that person say how you today.
I'm telling you it will happen to you. You really get yourself to your own world and Mitchell fear number four has a good one.
Copy your heritage. I want you to think right now the father mother, grandmother, grandfather, somebody in your heritage. Think about them.
A copy drool on that. God tells us to do that.
Number five Faneuil flame Faneuil flame. You know couple of nights ago I did my favorite thing got out my little barbecue sit lit the fire got everything ready and I want to grill some onions. I love grilled onion. That's why preach at such a distance. On Sunday mornings so I wrap it in element you're in foil and put it on the flame arrived and so I was that childlike, but it takes a little while, then I'm going to sell me also else you don't happens to those cold don't you they just get, listen, listen list when it comes to the real thing like a whole half sought of a cow that I'm about to eat and I put that on the Barbie. The coals also diminished because I spent all the energy on my onion and I forgot when I went to the grocery store.
I didn't get enough coal.
You know how I get those calls going again. It works they start blushing again. He comes on again they come alive.
You know what you need to do. You need to just fan up your gift a little get the burden back in it.
Number six activate your gifts, put them to work, put them to work activate those gifts. Make a decision today pick on one of your gifts speak on one so you know what, I'm not using this gift for the Lord activated what's Ricardo's in the lost one. Number seven go to put this one.
Celebrate your purpose. Celebrate.
I don't know where we'd be without one another. Do you that all phrase. This is a team effort to all of us celebrate your purpose.
You bow your heads with me today. I want to go back to that first point today about giving your life to Christ sake lead issue today trusting right now.
Pray a prayer like this. Dear God today I repent of my sins by faith I put my trust. If you prayed that prayer today.
The prayer of faith in just a moment I'm an awesome you to leave your seat, there are people waiting to receive you to pray with you to connect you.
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