through His Word
Wherever you are in the world reading this, whatever your life may look like (if you’re a believer), we have something in common—we are a part of the same spiritual family and the same team. Each of us is involved in life’s constant struggle between good and evil, in a marathon race of adventures and challenges. Every generation has been called to loving God and knowing Him, to walking through life with Him, and to serving Him faithfully. Our generation is no different. Whatever spiritual battles we are facing, God helps us to win the victory and to make a difference in the world around us.
How does God help us in the struggles of the Christian life?
“Whether we’ve run with God for a while or we’ve just begun our 'race,' we have the opportunity to make a difference. The course is seldom smooth, and the fight is seldom easy. But God’s Word assures us that the outcome is worth the struggle (2 Tim 2:10; Phil 1:23-25; Col 1:28). Interwoven through 2 Timothy are the reasons why sticking with it is worth the cost.
Paul’s encouragement and challenge to Timothy, and to us, is this: Pick up the torch, keep at it, don’t stop running. When the mission is tough and the hurdles seem high, God is with us. He is involved in every stride we take. He prepares and trains willing hearts to do His will. He arms us with exactly what we need for every segment of the race and for every round of the fight. He supplies the love, grace, and power that we need to overcome obstacles, and to stay committed no matter the cost. Whatever spiritual battles we face, God will enable us to win the victory.
Whatever victory you need today—to overcome a personal struggle, endure a difficult time, contribute good in your relationships, or make a difference where you are—depend on God to win your battles, and use your God-given resources to prevail. Just like the generations who have come before us, we have the opportunity to fight the good fight, finish our race, and keep the faith (2 Tim 4:7). May we use the principles God has given us and win the victory in Him. It’s our time!”
- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Introduction
I hope you enjoy this new series of excerpts from 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory. Every Tuesday I will post a few paragraphs from it. Five more weeks, five more chapters. Our time is now. Here we go!
© Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffman2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies