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“1 Timothy 1:18-20”

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“This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.”
 
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“Fight the good fight” (verse 18). Faith is not merely belief. Faith is more than just trust. Faith requires more than obedience. Faith is often times the fight of our life. When we want things for ourselves that God knows are harmful, we have to do battle with our own stubborn wills. When the temptation to do wrong is about to overpower us, we must fight against Satan and his strong allurements to commit sin. When we are weakened and tired from the toils and struggles we face from day to day, we must fight the temptation to grow weary in doing good. When our brethren are battle-wearied and in danger of becoming casualties of this spiritual war, we must fly to their side and fight for them for fear of their eternal ruin. If we are not fighting we are being defeated. The fight of faith is always a “good” fight.
 
Some have “suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (verse 19). It is such a dreadful shame when the soul of a once-loyal child of God is reduced to the wreckage of an abandoned faith. But the truth is that it could happen to any of us. Faith is a fight, but it is also a voyage, and we must stay the course unto our final destination. As we navigate our vessels through the seas of adversity and the oceans of enticement, we must be ever-watchful for the obstacles that generate weakness and discouragement and sin. Hymenaeus and Alexander grew weary and steered off course, and they were “handed over to Satan, so that they” would “be taught not to blaspheme” (verse 20). Sometimes we need to be disciplined in order to feel the sting of living in sin. But disfellowship is always done with the hope that the “spirit will be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 5:5).
 
Please read 1 Timothy 2:1-4 for tomorrow.
 
Have a great day!
 
- Louie Taylor

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