Category Archives: 1 Timothy

December 2 – God is Our Blessed and Only Sovereign

At the close of a very constructive letter about Christ-like living, Paul continued to urge Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. He motivated him to fight the good fight of the faith, because God gives life. Gushing praise of God breaks forth from Paul, and he writes, “He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; no one has seen or can see Him, to Him be honor and eternal might. Amen.” God is truly worthy of praise and true praise is heard loud and clear in godly living. May we bless God with our lives day after day, choice after choice.

Paul says that both honor and eternal might belong to God who lives in unapproachable light. One day we will see Him. Until it is our turn to approach Him in all His glory, may we be found faithfully growing authentic God-like character. We can be dedicated like an athlete who values building strength and might. Paul tells Timothy that growth in godly character is good not only for this life but for the one yet to come. Picture the situations that God allows to come our way to be like a gym, and when we handle the circumstance wisely our faith muscles mature. Whether we like it or not we are in a fight against God’s enemy. Being trained is critical. God, I pray that although we do not yet see You, we would keep our eyes, our focus, on You. You are our prize. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15b-16 HCSB

December 1 – Blessed to Live by God’s Guidelines

Timothy was a young leader who Paul treated like a son.  So Paul offered Timothy good training: Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”  That is a lot to take in.  But basically Paul is saying that there is a big difference between the lawless and their activities and a holy God. Living ethically is a blessing to those who practice integrity and to everyone else in society. God can change a chief of sinners into an ambassador for Jesus. The gospel transforms lives and God’s Story provides guidelines for character growth. We serve a blessed God, and He wants us to live a blessed life as His children.

1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV