Let God meet all your needs - 2 Tim 4

Divine Note #28 - July 13, 2009
Let God meet all your needs

2 Timothy 4
1 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

I love the way the apostle Paul makes it clear in the Scripture to the young leader, Timothy, that we have a window of opportunity to tell the world about Christ and to carry out our ministry. Ever since my life changed and I decided that God’s way was the better way, the priorities in my life shifted from my own self-centered world. Last night my daughter and I had dinner with her best friend and her friend’s mom. I didn’t really know the precious lady very well, but after we left the restaurant, she knew more about me than she probably ever wanted to know! That’s because my life is my testimony and it’s hard not to talk about the big changes that have happened in my life after I said, “Yes Lord – you take control because life is simply too hard for me to do by myself!”
Today I had a chance to tell several coworkers including my supervisor about what is happening in my life after my child leaves for college. I planted seeds that God will harvest at His pace.
I am blown away by the way I used to act like my life was so “together” even if everything was falling apart. That was harder than giving a testimony about how God has changed my life. The message of this note is to encourage you to remove your mask so others can see your heart! What are you waiting for? People need your light and encouragement now. In my hospital rounds, I’ve discovered that most patients want you to listen and pray for them - even the patients whose charts are marked "no denomination" want prayer. Patients who initially don’t want to talk usually soften up and request prayer. A staff member wanted to know why I do what I do as a lay minister. I talked to her – that’s another seed planted. Everything I do points back to doing my ministry for God’s purpose.
What are you waiting for?
Now is the time to share life and hope with those around you! You don’t have to go on a mission trip to make a difference. You don’t even have to know all the answers! Call one of the pastors and ask them to meet you at Starbucks with your friends who have questions!

But there’s nothing like understanding the Bible so that you can explain the truth to those around you.
The Bible is the Truth I was asked how I hear from God. I would say that it’s when I spend major, intense moments with Him while I’m studying His Word. I write things down so I don’t have to doubt what I know and I share those moments through Divine Notes. I like the way our pastor explained that we must interpret the Scripture correctly, and that means: 1) Knowing its context 2) Understanding its interpretation and 3) Applying it to our lives.
When you apply Biblical truth in your life, wrong becomes wrong and right is right! There are no grey colors in the Bible. This means that when you accept God at His Word -- your life will change! I’m not popular around people who advocate liberal lifestyles. I don’t judge people because that’s not my job, but you and I are tasked with providing Biblical truth, so make sure you know it.
Your call to action!

It is time to get off the warmed up benches of home, more Bible studies and hobbies and move out into our neighborhoods, jobs and places where people need hope and life. There are so many people living in intolerable and sad circumstances. Carry out your divine purpose and help those around you by telling them how God changes lives! Your testimony is your ministry! Don’t wait – lives depend on you! Wake up each day and ask God what He wants you to accomplish. Set your goals and be a giver of life to those you know! Have a powerful week in the Light!
Big God Hugs,

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