Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Fatihful, Faith Fights, Day 37

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1 TIMOTHY 6:3-10 | Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

Timothy is encouraged to struggle for some things and against others. In our vivid passage today, Paul describes the way any teacher of faith must fight for the truth against false and pernicious versions of Christian thinking. False thinking among Jesus’ followers is not like getting your sums wrong or mistaking the capitals of the states; it leads to dissension, wrangling, envy and division. Some controversies can go on and on distracting communities and displacing the real work of God. Moreover, materialism, understood here as the discontented desire for ever more in possessions and resources, must be resisted.

How contented are you?

Have you ever seen dissension and wrangling in a church?

Pray that our teachers can “agree with the sound teaching of Jesus Christ.”

 

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Faithful, Faith Fights, Day 36

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1 TIMOTHY 6:11-12 | But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Paul tells Timothy, his protégé, to fight the good fight of the faith, and to take hold of eternal life. I love the utter realism of the NT about faith—it will involve battles, and every disciple is de facto a warrior. Sometimes, our faith is presented as a serene pleasure cruise, but this kind of image is incompatible with genuine faith; it is an escapist fantasy. Peace amid struggle is the promise of Christ.

Where is the conflict zone in your life?

How well equipped are you for the battle?

 

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