THEME: Be Courageous
PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 1:1–12
HYMN: MHB –ONWARD! Christian soldiers,
MEMORY VERSE: 2Timothy 1:8 “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.”
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, enjoined young Timothy to stir up the gift of God that was in him. The use or practice of those gifts will qualify him for the work of an evangelist. There is no doubt that Timothy had the Holy Ghost in his extraordinary gifts and graces conferred on him by the laying on of the apostle’s hands. And so the only hindrance to use of the gifts is fear or timidity.
This is exactly why the man with one talent failed to put his own to trade. Fear is the handiwork of the devil. Paul, therefore, warns Timothy against this in (vs 7.) that, God has not given us a spirit of fear/ timidity, but the spirit of power, love and self-discipline.
God has armed us against the spirit of fear by often bidding us not to fear. Timothy was a young man when he took up the work of God. He had to address and superintend over widows, old men, old women, youths and children. He had to get along with each of them.
Brethren, fear not the face of men, fear not the dangers you may meet within the way of your duty. God urged Joshua to be strong and of good courage to enable him to succeed in the task ahead (Joshua 1:6). You need Jesus Christ in your life. It is Christ in you that will cause you to be courageous.
We need to be courageous in our daily activities, especially now that the incidence of kidnapping, armed banditry, economic meltdown and all forms of disorders are on the increase in our nation and all over the world. We need to be closer to God, too.
PRAYER: God, endow me with Your Spirit of power and courage to do exploit for You. Amen.

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