Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 344

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to Day 344 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Timothy 1; 2 Timothy 2; 2 Timothy 3; 2 Timothy 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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S cripture

2 Timothy 1:5, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”

9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”

12 “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”

2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.”

2 Timothy 3:1, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.

Have nothing to do with such people.”

15 “From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

2 Timothy 4:2, “Be prepared in season and out of season.”

5 “Keep your head in all situations.”

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O bservation

Paul uses the example of a soldier, athlete and a farmer to make his point…

A pplication

Seems to me it’s about focus?

Not getting caught up in civilian affairs…

Compete according to the rules, go for the winner’s crown.

Expect a harvest…

Fight the good fight… run to win… work hard like a farmer.

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That’s ministry…

For leaders, this is the standard, and in a broader sense, for all of us who are believers.

Yes, there is a greater expectation for those of us who are leaders, but the baseline standard is the same for all of us.

Paul gives Timothy great advice… Both 1 and 2 Timothy are short books/letters loaded with simple, straightforward insights on how to live in such a way that honors Christ.

2:22 “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.”

Doesn’t get much simpler or clearer than that, does it?

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Don’t do these things… Do do these things.

Got it.

P rayer

Thank you Lord for your word, for how simple and clear it is… (most of the time!)

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2 thoughts on “Day 344

  1. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. (2 Timothy 2:23 ESV)

    Sounds like what happens in political discussions.

    Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 MSG)

    I’m curious if this is a relative thing. The closer we get to the end, the more… Is the end a point in our time fixed in stone, or is it society becoming more self-absorbed, money-hungry, etc. that brings about the end by God saying “Enough is enough.”, and rescuing us from our self destructive behavior. Only God knows this of course.

    Society as a whole becomes more like this the further we turn away from God. Today’s application is to be opposite of these things in ourselves and to promote it with others, …to love others as much as ourselves. Also to avoid political discussions even with those on the same side.

    Proverbs 27:11 – If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!

    Guard my lips to avoid negative conversations. Help me seek what is good in everyone.

  2. Nicole Marvin on said:

    2 Tim. 1:7
    “For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self control.”

    I love the Spirit. And would be so lost without him. We are so powerful with the Spirit.

    Thank you, Father, for your Spirit. Thank you for his guidance. Oh, how I love you!

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