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Monday, May 02, 2022

Isn’t it great to be a child of God? And for those of us called to serve God, what a privilege it is. I am so thankful for the opportunity God has given me to serve others for Him for over 50 years now.  

Yes, there have been challenges both from within and from without. As we have seen in our study of 2nd Timothy 2:22-26, there are things that we must flee if we want to be useful to God. There are other things to pursue. To help us in this we should join with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  

In addition, there are some who are spoilers. They constantly bring up “foolish and stupid arguments,” that usually lead to arguments, which escalate to quarrels. You can’t always flee from their presence, but you can distance yourself from them and the discussions they initiate.  

If you don’t consciously do that you will be sucked into the quagmire of their arguments and quarrels. If you are trapped, like it or not, you will find it increasingly difficult to rejoice and be thankful for who God is and all He has given us. That’s exactly where the arch-enemy of our soul wants us to be and stay. This is the trap of the devil who wants to take us captive to do his will.  

Though it is difficult, we should be kind to everyone, and ready to teach them. Yes, even those who oppose you, gently instruct them “in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,” so they come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil. 

Being used in that way is a cause for joy and thanksgiving and the way to stay focused in running our race for God.

 

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