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Bible Ballistics: BBs #238       I Know!!! Do You???

I would like to share a word of encouragement with you this morning. I have been so burdened over the world around us seemingly “going to hell in a hand-basket”, as the old proverb says; but we all need to be balanced and a reminder of hope is much needed. I pray that you will look up and take heart in the One who is totally in charge—always.

Let’s take a walk through Paul’s encouraging words to Timothy, his son in the faith, as Paul faces death for his testimony and service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Even in the face of extreme government opposition, we can have “Victory In Jesus”! Because our hope is NOT settled in terra firma, but in heaven, even as the Psalmist records for us:

For ever,

O Lord,

thy word

is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

Do you see that? “For ever” it is “settled in heaven”, regardless of what our physical eyes see happening before us here below, God has it all covered and He hasn’t ever lost control, nor will He! Ever! You can take heart in the sovereignty of our God. Let’s examine what Paul told Timothy using our analytical format.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;

but of power,

and of love,

and of a sound mind.

Be not thou therefore ashamed

of the testimony of our Lord,

nor of me his prisoner:

but be thou partaker

of the afflictions of the gospel

      according to the power of God;

Who hath saved us,

and called us with an holy calling,

not according to our works,

but according to

his own purpose

and grace,

which was given us

in Christ Jesus

before the world began 

10 But is now made manifest

by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who hath abolished death,

and hath brought life

and immortality

to light through the gospel:

11 Whereunto I am appointed

a preacher,

and an apostle,

and a teacher of the Gentiles.

12 For the which cause

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 that

which I have committed

unto him

against that day.

13 Hold fast

the form of sound words,

which thou hast heard

of me,

in faith

and love

which is in Christ Jesus.

14 That good thing

which was committed unto thee

keep by the Holy Ghost

which dwelleth in us.”    2 Timothy 1:7-14

Just to recap:

Don’t fear but think clear IN JESUS—

Don’t be ashamed but courageous in GOD’S POWER—

Don’t be dismayed but confident in GOD’S PURPOSES—

Don’t be intimidated but bold in the GOSPEL’S TRUTH—

Don’t be defeated but KNOW WHOM YOU BELIEVE—

Don’t flounder but HOLD FAST TO GOD’S LOVE—

Don’t be frazzled but REST IN THE HOLY SPIRIT—

 WHO DWELLS IN YOU!!!

So, take heart and sing with me (yes there’s a song written from this passage)—

for I know whom I have believed,

and am persuaded

that he is able

to keep that

which I have committed

unto him

against that day.

 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke21:28

Amen and Amen!!!