Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: 2 Timothy
John Hagee (July-20-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 3:1 - But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…
God loves us too much to leave us without warning or time to prepare. In another apocalyptic passage, Paul pulls back the curtain to reveal why believers need to be vigilant in the last days.
Paul minced no words as he spoke of a culture in which people would love themselves and money, be proud, boastful, blasphemous, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, and have a form of godliness while denying its power. He warns us to turn away from such people (II Timothy:2-5).
Signs of the times abound – a culture consumed with money and materialism; people steeped in self-absorption with no self-control; and a lukewarm church that appears presentable but has no power or purity. The news is not all bad though.
The prophet, Joel, unveiled a promise that God would pour out His Spirit on every kind of people in the last days, that our sons and daughters will prophesy, our old men will experience divine dreams, and our young men will have Godly visions. For every person who calls on His name, He will come to their rescue. Deliverance and salvation will be evident among His people (Joel 2). Even in perilous times, God is on the move!
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God fill you to the uttermost with the power and discernment of His Holy Spirit. May He set His seal upon you for that glorious day of redemption!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
- New Testament - Romans 6:1-23
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21
John Hagee (March-15-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 2:15 - Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see your true potential? Or do you lack confidence for the future?
According to the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, our brains have the potential to create, store, and learn virtually without limit. Most of us could learn 40 languages, memorize a set of encyclopedias from A to Z, and complete the required coursework for 12 universities – in one lifetime!
The English language contains about 450,000 words, but linguistic experts estimate that we only use a mere 400 words in our daily conversations.
Why do most of us fall short of these amazing feats? Because the only way to attain these goals is to study. Paul encouraged us to work at laying out and living out the truth of God’s Word plain and simple.
David said that he hid the Word in his heart to keep from sinning against God (Psalm 119:11). One translation of that verse is to read the Scriptures until they are memorized.
His Word transforms our minds. It reveals who we truly are and Who God really is. As we are changed into His image, we begin to realize the power of the potential that we have in Christ.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. As you read the Word of God, may He enlarge your understanding of who you are and all that you can accomplish in Christ for His glory. All things are possible!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Numbers 22:21-23:30
- New Testament - Luke 1:57-80
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13
John Hagee (December-09-2021) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Spiritual growth requires being rooted in the Word of God. His Word proves 100% effective in every situation.
It underpins our doctrine, reprimands our wrong choices, points us to truth, and steers us back when we wander astray. Everything that we need to complete God’s will and His work can be found in its pages.
When we are lost and confused, His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. His words throw a beam of light on the path so we do not stumble (Psalm 119:105).
When we are surrounded on every side, the Bible tells us that God’s name is a strong tower that we can run to and find a place of protection and reprieve (Proverbs 18:10).
We need not live in fear. God’s Word assures us that He gives a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit emboldens us with wisdom and strength.
If we lack wisdom, God encourages us to come to Him. He answers our questions without making us feel foolish or guilty (James 1:5).
His Scriptures make us wise and mature in every way, completely prepared to live for Him.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus as you study His Word. May you be thoroughly equipped for every good work!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Joel 1:1-3:21
- New Testament - Revelation 1:1-20
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 29:18
John Hagee (November-16-2021) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 2:13 - If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
Noah was a faithful man – a righteous man – but he was not perfect. We sometimes struggle to behave like we believe. Even though we are professing His promises, we waver over the “why’s” and stumble in the uncertainty.Even when we fail, God does not. Even when we are too weak to go on, His strength will be perfected in us; His power will rest on us. When we are hurting beyond words, He will help us. We are such a part of Him that He could never disown us; it would be like denying Himself.
His love and mercy, His grace and provision are not contingent upon our perfection. When our flesh is weak, He says, “My grace is sufficient for you” (II Corinthians 12:9).
When the storm clouds begin to gather. When the rain begins to fall. When the fountains of the deep break open. When the flood begins to rise. We can enter the Ark of salvation and find the safety and shelter we need.
When we fail, He does not. When we cannot, He can. When we do not know, He does. When we are out of answers, He is the Answer. Have faith in God. His grace is sufficient. He remains faithful.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you find rest and hope in the grace of God. May you be strengthened by the power of His might and filled with the joy of His salvation. He is faithful!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Ezekiel 33:1-34:31
- New Testament - Hebrews 13:1-25
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 115:1-18, Proverbs 27:21-22
John Hagee (August-04-2021) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 1:12 - For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Why would we withhold the Good News? Are we utterly convinced of what we believe? Perhaps we fear rejection or carry a predetermined expectation that something negative will happen.
In today’s verse, the apostle Paul reminds Timothy of all that he has suffered for the cause of Christ. He was beaten, imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked, hungry, cold, and naked. He carried the burden of concern for his fellow believers…only to be rejected by them (II Corinthians 11:23-29).
In spite of all that, Paul fiercely told Timothy that he was not ashamed. He knew Whom he believed in, and he was persuaded that God was able. He sought approval from no one else. His expectation was firmly planted in Jesus Christ, and he proclaimed with assurance: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Let’s fully rely on God so we move from Sunday morning pew-warmers to those who fully embrace, believe, and tell. Let us go into the highways and hedges to share His amazing grace!
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the good news of the Gospel be like fire shut up in your bones so that you cannot hold it back. May your feet run to share His Word. May You invite others to come meet our worthy Savior. As you go, may His favor rest upon you.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - 2 Chronicles 34:1-33
- New Testament - Romans 16:15-27
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 26:7-12, Proverbs 20:18-19
John Hagee (April-18-2021) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 1:8-9 - …share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…
Have you ever gone house hunting on a budget? Whenever you do anything on a budget, you know you are not looking for something perfect; you are looking for something “as is.” As is, it may look like a disaster, but a person who can see potential will call that chaotic mess “good bones.”
When God looks at you, He doesn’t see a hopeless cause; He sees potential. He loves you “as is,” but He loves you too much to leave you that way.
If God has given each of His children unlimited potential to do great things in this life, why isn’t everyone living joy-filled, successful, abundant lives? There are two main things I see hindering people’s potential: excuse making and instant gratification.
There are people who make good and there are people who make excuses.
Stop whining. Stop making excuses. Take charge of your life. Believe in the power of your potential. When you blame someone else for your inability to do something, you have empowered that person to control you. They are now in charge of your life. Take charge of your life or someone else will! No more excuses!
The second way people destroy their potential is by demanding instant gratification. They want microwave Christianity. They want love without commitment. They want benefits without responsibility. They want success without work. Well, the only place you’re going to find success before work is in the dictionary!
The goal is not to be an overnight success, or to be in the right place at the right time. The goal is hard work, never giving up, and learning to be patient with the process.
The greatest tragedy in life is not death. The greatest tragedy in life is to fail to fulfill your purpose and potential. The fact that you were born is proof that God has an assignment for you. God has something special planned for every believer. Don’t you dare go to your grave with unused God-given talent, with unfulfilled God-inspired dreams, and with missed God-ordained opportunities.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Today, reach for your potential through patience, persistence and hard work. Stay connected to the Source and study the Word to discover a potential that is endless, limitless, exponential, infinite, and upward! In Jesus’ name we ask and receive, amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Joshua 16:1-18:28
- New Testament - Luke 19:1-27
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 87:1-7. Proverbs 13:11
John Hagee (January-02-2022) Daily Devotional: 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
When I was a kid, on one particular evening after dinner, I was headed to the back door to play when my dad called out, “Matt, where are you going?” I said, “Outside to play.” He responded, “No, you don’t go outside in the dark. Bad people come out when the sun goes down.” Whoa! That didn’t just stop me in my tracks, but I got so afraid of the dark that if you put me in a dark room, I’d light it up like a SWAT team rolled in! That sounds funny, but it became a very real problem for me. Finally, my dad told me that when I was lying in bed afraid, I needed to say today’s Scripture over and over until I fell asleep, and eventually, that living promise from God’s Word prevailed.
My fears have changed over the years, but this promise from God that I’ve taken as my own has not changed. As I look at the world my children are being raised in and the culture that the world is changing to, I continue to declare, “God, You haven’t given me a spirit of fear, but of power.” When you speak His Word, it is alive, powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword to bring you victory.
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you walk in the knowledge that God’s special agents are walking before you and behind you every moment of every day; that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Do not be afraid of the unknown because it’s known to God. Do not be fearful of the challenge in front of you for the Lord will strengthen you and give you the power to do more than you think you can do. Nothing is impossible to those that believe. Receive that anointing from the Lord today, Amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament: Genesis 3:1-4:26
- New Testament: Matthew 2:13-3:6
- Psalms & Proverbs: Psalms 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9
Derek Prince (May-29-2020) Sermon: 2 Timothy 3:16 'All Scripture Is God Breathed!' - Preach The Word!
'Knowing and proclaiming the whole of God's Word is tremendously important.'
2 Timothy 3 describes the perilous times that are to come. Paul describes the root of all this evil as selfishness (love of self, love of money and love of pleasure). We all have to deal with this evil. The only thing that separates us from the world is being unselfishness.
Then at the end of the chapter it says that 'all scripture is given by inspiration' ('all scripture is God-breathed'). If we really believe this, we have to study God's Word thoroughly and also proclaim His Word (in season and out of season). We have to preach the whole of scripture and exhort, teach, rebuke and convince people, using the Bible. This is especially important for these times because Paul warns us that 'the time will come when they'll not endure sound doctrine'.