September 10, 2023
Marks of Spiritually Healthy People
2 Tim. 2:11-14 NLT
11 This is a trustworthy saying:
If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
12 If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.
14 Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.
3 Marks of Spiritually Healthy People:
1. Be Integrous
2 Tim. 2:15-18 NLT - 15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.
An Approved Lifestyle -
Colossians 3:23 NLT - Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
An Approved use of the Word of God -
2. Be an Honorable Vessel
2 Tim. 2:19-22 NLT - 19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
A Cleansed Life
2 Tim. 2:21 NLT - 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use.
Prov. 13:20 NLT - Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
A Pure Heart
2 Tim. 2:22 NLT - 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
A Discerning Mind
2 Tim. 2:23 NLT - 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
3. Be a Gentle and Humble Servant
2 Tim. 2:24-26 NLT - 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.