Saturday’s Military Devotional – Men of God

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Porque no nos ha dado Dios espíritu de cobardía, sino de poder, de amor y de dominio propio (RVR 1960)

CONTEXT: 

Paul is writing to Timothy, and it is Timothy’s first experience as a leader on his own. He had previously been Paul’s partner in the ministry but now he was in charge of the operation and naturally had some trepidation (fear) of screwing up.

As service members it is easy to relate to Timothy, the first time we are assigned roles as (usually) E-4 Corporals, Petty Officer 3rd or Sr. Airman the pressure is on to preform and there is a natural fear of failure.  As the chart below shows with an increase in rank the duties and responsibility do not get any easier. In fact the bigger the insignia the more there is for you to do.

Yet Paul reminds Timothy, it is God who intimately places us in positions of authority and His authority is supreme. We can be empowered by His Holy Spirit when we call upon His strength and power and not our own.

Read the commentary and answer this weeks questions. As always may you be edified and God glorified. – Mike

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Commentary 

Alexander MacLaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture


Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Men of God?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

He Loved Us

It is Sunday “The Lord’s Day” and here is something to contemplate throughout the day. This verse has two key components; God’s Love and Christ’s Mission in Relation to God’s Love. 

Note this verse makes it clear true love (Biblical) is can ever anything we attempt to do on our own. God must Love us before we can consider Love. I offer John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible on this for further consideration and reading.  

Secondly Christ’s propitiation, the Amplified Bible adds “[that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering]” was sent for our sins, yes, but equally so to prove and satisfy God’s love for His chosen children. I offer Alexander MacLaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture for your consideration and reading.

I pray your day is blessed and God is Glorified.  

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que él nos amó a nosotros, y envió a su Hijo en propiciación por nuestros pecados. (RVR 1960)