Growing Timothys: Holding Our Ground

By Pastor Juan Feliciano

In the writing of this article, we are drawing close to the election of a new president in our nation. I am convinced that if you have been observing the development of the campaigns you have come to the conclusion that more and more we draw farther from the fear of God in this nation of ours. Keeping God’s commandment in which we are to love our neighbor is no longer honored even among those that may be leading this wonderful country of ours. The positions and views we hear from politicians have drifted away from the core values we hold as believers in the absolute authority of God’s word and pose a threat to the life style we have enjoyed thus far. What we hear and see through the media can be overwhelming if we forget to hold our ground in the word of God and keep hope alive. I am convinced that in Apostle Paul’s day, the church was going through similar opposition, for in 2 Timothy 2:23 Paul exhorts Timothy to have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant, controversies that were trying to make their way into the church. He warns against such things because they lead to strife, quarrels or arguments. In these arguments there are heated emotions and usually there will be more heat than light. Our Timothy’s must be aware that it can become a sin for anyone to lose patience; especially a minister. We are called to be gentle, which is one’s manner, and meek, which is one’s disposition, being able to instruct others and to patiently endure evil that is trying to overcome (2Timothy 2:24 ESV). In verse 25 we can observe that in holding our ground correcting those that oppose the teachings of the Gospel of Truth with gentleness, God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to knowledge of the truth. Those that oppose have been deceived by Satan and are actually carrying out his will, but we have been given all authority in Christ to teach. These are challenging times to say the least, but God is still on the throne and He calls us to be bold, steadfast and strengthened in Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. HOLD YOUR GROUND!

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