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Not just your, average, run of the mill, ho-hum believer…but an example!

(Authors Note: This is the second part of a series of posts looking at the 4th Chapter of I Timothy, verses 12-16. While I try to typically make posts devotional in nature, this one seems like it is turning more into a study. Fault my inexperience at writing…but don’t despise my youth!)

I Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

You! Yeah you! Are you that example? Let’s look at what he says here a little closer.

“ example in word, in conversation.” How’s your conversations been lately? Are they full of triviality and idleness, or are they filled with Godly edifying? This is not to say that you never should speak out of fun, or laugh, or joke, but have you considered if your speech and conversations could be considered an example to other believers? Have you noticed that you use a little vulgarity or “slang” or taking the name of the Lord in vain? Paul has told this young brother in the Lord, to be an example in word. There are so many scriptures on speaking the right things, and “bridling our tongues”, Paul tells us to be an example of this type of behavior not vulgarity or slang.

“…in charity…” Have you shown love to others? Sure maybe to your brothers and sisters but how about the bum on the street? Have you been an example of Godly charity? Young sisters, are you fighting and bickering with each other? Are there other young sisters that are “rude” and hence you don’t have anything to do with them? Are there others that don’t fit your “class” or “social status”? Or, as Paul has commanded, are you an example of Charity. You love everyone, no matter their status, or what they have “done to you”.

“…in spirit…” In church, none can match your passion for worship and praising the name of Jesus. In life, you seem to make the right decisions based on prayer and God’s will. You are an example “in spirit”. Romans 8:12 tells us “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Are you an example “in spirit”??

“…in faith…” Do you find that you are up and down sometimes… “Well, yesterday I really believed God…but today, I don’t know…it’s all so jumbled…I don’t know what I believe.” You would be well advised to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” if so. Yes, you are called to be an example “in faith”, resting upon the Word of God in full assurance that what He said, is nothing but the TRUTH. When He says you are healed, you believe you are healed. When He says you are a child of the King, you say “Amen, That’s ME!”

“…in purity…” This one, I believe, is very critical for us. We MUST be that example of purity. Not only for the good of those seeing us, but for ourselves as well. Brothers, Sisters…are you an EXAMPLE of purity. Are you one that sets the standard? I remember a young couple in my church growing up that did not even hold hands until they were engaged. What an example! Extreme you say? Which would you rather be…an “example…in purity” or wondering how you let the bar down so far, and are now wishing you would have never started things down that path. Be the example…show yourself, the young believers around you, and the world, that you will NOT let down the standard when it comes to purity. YOU are to be the example of purity in this day.

EXAMPLES! Paul tells us to be EXAMPLES. Not just your, average, run of the mill, ho-hum believer…but an example! One that is looked towards as the standard!

Next Post: “giving attendance” coming soon!

Timothy, a young guy like me. "Let no man despise thy youth"

(Authors Note: This is the first part of a series of posts looking at the 4th Chapter of I Timothy, verses 12-16. While I try to typically make posts devotional in nature, this one seems like it is turning more into a study. Fault my inexperience at writing…but don’t despise my youth!)

Timothy was a guy like me. Young, raised in the message. Timothy had faith, and a heart to serve the Lord. I think if many of us young people look at his life, we’ll find that Timothy was much like us. Paul tells him “let no man despise thy youth” (v 12), so we know Timothy was a young person at the time Paul wrote to Him. We also can surmise that Timothy “grew up in the message”. In II Timothy Paul says: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. (II Tim 1:5) His grandmother and mother were both believers. He probably grew up hearing about Paul and Paul’s message. So as I said, Timothy was a guy like me, like you, like many of the young people in this message today.

Paul said some really good things to Timothy about how to behave, act, and what He should be doing with His life. I figure if it was good advice for Timothy, since many of us are in the same position as Timothy was, it would be good advice for us.

Paul’s advice to Timothy in one chapter was this:

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Today we’ll dig deeper into the twelfth verse and then on subsequent posts, we’ll take a look at some of the points of the other verses.

Paul says: “Let no man despise thy youth;”

Just because you are young, doesn’t mean that you aren’t spirit filled or spirit led. Just because you are young, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing things for the Lord. Paul is telling Timothy that even though he’s young, it doesn’t mean he can’t do things for the Lord. Sometimes God can use our “inexperience” because it means we don’t have any of our own “experience” to get in God’s way. Even though you are young…God can use you.

Look at Elihu in the book of Job. Elihu was the youngest of the 4 visitors Job had. Take a look at His words in Job

JOB 32:7 – 8
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Read that whole chapter…it’s great really. Elihu is very eloquent.

Keep in mind, Elihu was respectful to those older than Him. He allowed them to speak first, and listened intently to what they had to say. He didn’t have a “I’m young and smarter than you old starchy people” attitude…He had respect, but he also told them that God’s Spirit is what counts the most and proceeded to speak in such a way that Job saw a vision of Calvary.

So don’t let the fact that you are young, keep you from doing something for the Lord. Now is the time you have to get out and do things, before you have any “responsibilities of this life” to hold you back. If you are young and single, you have so many opportunities to serve the Lord. Don’t let anyone, least of all yourself, despise your youth. It is a benefit, not a hindrance as long as you have the Spirit within you.

Next Post: “be thou an example” coming soon!

"Make me more like You"

As I lay in bed last night, winding down from the day, I found myself singing this song. “Make me more like You, Jesus, make me more like You. I began to ponder on what this meant. The song says “give me a heart that’s filled with love” but is that all it is to be like Jesus?

My mind turned to the following quote: “Notice the harmony of the Father and the Son. Jesus never did anything until it was first showed Him by the Father. John 5:19.” (CAB Bro Branham)

What am I singing then when I sing “Make me more like you”? I’m asking God, to help me to stay near to Him, to keep in a communion with Him. So that I can keep before me what God wants me to do. That is what Jesus did.
He got away from everything at times to be with the Father so that he could keep this communion fresh. I thought of this scripture last night as well.

MATTHEW 14:22 – 23
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Jesus even sent his friends away. Do we ever do that? Do we take time apart from everything, even Godly friendships to be with Jesus? Godly friendships ARE wonderful, but are they more wonderful then fellowship with Jesus?

See, if we are to be “more like Jesus”, we need to be able to ALWAYS have that constant communion with Christ. Jesus made his decisions based upon this communion with the Father. This is why this communion is so very important. It was the source of Jesus’ actions.

So where does that leave me? If communion with the Father was the source of Jesus’ actions, then to be like Him, that same communion must be the source of my actions. How much so then should I value that communion in my life? If Jesus got away to pray, so must I at times get away from everything to sharpen my view of Him.

If I allow the world, Godly friendships, people’s opinions of what I should or should not be doing, or anything get in the way of my communion with Jesus, that is where I’m sure to fail.

Protecting this communion is a number one priority. If we do something the dove doesn’t like, He’ll fly away. Yes, He’ll come back if we pray, but I want to have the kind of communion Jesus had. I want to live my life with a direct link open to God. Always.

Sound Utopian? Too good to be true? The quote I posted above continues…”This harmony is now to exist between the Groom and His bride.” (CAB Bro Branham)

You see? This is what is supposed to be happening in my life, if I am to consider myself as His bride.

My heart truly is crying out “Make me more like You, Jesus”

-Bro Trevor

The flame in our hearts

In the message “What house will you build me” Bro Branham says: “I know that each one of you, if you feel like I do, I am so hungry to see the Spirit of God moving, I just can’t hardly stand it. Some experiences I just had up in the mountain, just to feel that once again, that Something that when I was first saved was so glorious to my heart! And we can come into a place, we can sit and we see it among us, that we are drying. As we sit here in the desert, I get among my brethren, they talk with me and I talk with them; always, in a little way of watching, feeling out there with the Spirit, as it was, to see just the condition of that brother, to see what’s wrong. I begin to feel us all reclining, getting away from the Spirit. It’s become too natural a thing to us. We must worship in the Spirit, where the Spirit of God… Not only our Message should be the flame of the hour, it should be the flame in our hearts. See? It’s got to be in our hearts, or we can’t–we can’t rightly present It to the people. The Spirit has to pack the Message, Itself. And I’m trusting and believing in every one of you, to be a real Christian.”

Have you noticed yourself “drying up”, “reclining” or “getting away from the spirit”. I’ve kind of noticed that in my life lately. Sure I read my Bible every day…I listen to more tapes in a week than many do…but what is that to me if my life is devoid of the Spirit?

This message must be the “flame in our hearts”. A flame always speaks of the Spirit. We MUST have the Spirit in our Worship.

We cannot allow this to “become too natural” to us. It cannot just become our lifestyle. It cannot just be our duty. It must be a living flame inside of us. There must be passionate, supernatural element to our experience.

Like Bro Branham said “I am so hungry to see the Spirit of God moving, I just can’t hardly stand it.” This resonates with me. I know we wont have a national revival. But I don’t believe the Spirit of God has stopped moving. He can move in our hearts, and the hearts of those we love and fellowship with every day.

I don’t want to be dry or reclining. I want to be worshiping in the Spirit.

I want him to be the “flame in our hearts”

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