Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached( I have filled up the gospel) the gospel of Christ.
If we are to do our part in filling up the gospel of Christ it will never be accomplished through our mere preaching of God’s word.
The gospel must be proclaimed in the power of signs and wonders that go with our spiritual gifts.
Sign: The manifestation of a spiritual gift as it is focused upon the minister to prove his or her authority as one sent by God.
Wonder: The manifestation of the same spiritual gift, as it is focuses upon the ones who look at the minister, to stimulate them and amazement and the giving of glory to God.
2 Tim 1: 3 I thank God, whom I serve (our religious service to the Lord) from my forefathers with pure (free from evil, and innocent because it is free from evil, and resulting in nothing that the devil or man can point an accusatory finger at) conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
The conscience is a barometer of what dwells in our lives. A pure conscience reflects a life that has nothing for the devil to grasp and keep us in bondage, or for others to lawfully charge us with wrongdoing.
God’s anointing can only flow where there is a conscience which is free from guilt. For me, if I’ve done something wrong, and try to minister, the anointing is hindered.
If I justify what I’ve done wrong and proceed, a hard heart is created. Because God dwells in our hearts, a heart which is calloused becomes progressively unable to sense the still small voice of God. A calloused part of our body does not feel pain. A calloused heart cannot discern the movements of God. This is the beginning of deception,and its darn scary. This is how false teachers come about.
Nu 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Ps 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Ps 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
If we are a servant of God; our only right is the right to obey Him.
Holding on to our rights, will produce anger. Angry people are people who are not willing to let go of things, or rights.
The opposite of anger is meekness. The meek person is one who has yielded his rights.
2 Tim 1: 4 Greatly desiring(pursuing with love) to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
The defining principle of mentors is the formation of spiritual fathers and mothers.
Greek: Paul had an unceasing remembrance of Timothy; as he daily and nightly longed for him. Paul was reminded of this as he counted his own tears, knowing that only in seeing Timothy would he be filled with joy.
What one of the great vacuums is the absence of fathers and mothers?
Almost everybody suffers from an orphan spirit.
As a Christian allow God to mold you into a father or mother.
2 Tim 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift (charismatic or spiritual gift) of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Stir up Greek: to bring back to life the dying embers on a grill. When the fire on a charcoal grill is in danger of going out, we must stir up the breaking pieces of coal and fan them back into the reddish glow of heat.
This is what must be done with our spiritual gifts.
First, we must discover what they are. Do you know what they are? Look at Philemon 6.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The spirit of fear- The spirit of cowardice.
I used to be a coward, but God has changed me.
The spirit of fear is just that, a spirit. The work of demons is to paralyze us with fear and make us into passive and ineffectual Christians. Find out what is really coming from within you and what is an attack from the outside. The devil’s ploy is to try to make you own things which are not yours but he is throwing them from the outside and wanting you to take them.
Sound mind – Greek: making wise or understanding.
A mind which operates in wisdom is one which understands the will of God and walks in His ways. This type of thinking matures the believer in spiritual discernment, which allows the Christian to refrain from what, is evil, resulting in self-control.
We live in times where people do not like to read. Only the washing of water by the Word of God can create soundness of mind. I was in pornography for many years before becoming a Christian. Pornography makes huge inroads into our thought processes and robs of soundness of mind. It was God’s word which set me free and produces soundness of mind.
2Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony (martyrdom) of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Testimony is an interesting word. It comes from the word that means martyr or martyrdom.
The only way that we can give adequate evidence of the invisible Lord is through our dying on the cross, so that the Christ within us can then be revealed as a testimony to a lost and dying world.
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness ( martyr or martyrdom) unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Are we doing our part to present the gospel with accurate and undeniable evidence (as spiritual martyrs of the Lord) which will allow for the jury of the world to either accept or reject it contingent upon our testimony of it?
Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up (supplement) that which is behind( deficient) of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Paul saw Christ’s sufferings in the believer (not those brought forth by sin or maliciously by Satan) as the source of what supplements what is deficient in the church.
Any man or woman of God desirous to be used in supplementing and meeting the deficiencies of the church will do so through the avenue of suffering and sacrifice.
2Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony(martyrdom) of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
According to the power of God. There is nothing worse than to see a believer ministering according to his own power, programs, or psychologically driven agendas.
Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. (the energy of His dunamis power)
Paul was made a minister in relationship to the grace of God, which is the labor of Christ within him. Grace is the superhuman labor of God. As we die to our own labors by embracing the cross, the superhuman labor of God kicks in or is displayed within us. This has nothing to with the message, that because we are under grace we can do whatever we want to. This borders on blasphemy.
Once again the revelation of God’s superhuman power is proportional to our own weakness as our natural life is taken to the cross. This is why the preaching of the cross is so essential. When the cross is no longer preached we know that the devil has gotten into the church.
God is looking for a generation of Christians who will love and preach the cross.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
This calling must lead us into our spiritual vocation, which is holy, cut or separated from the world, and highly specialized in a military fashion of sorts.
If as believers we are simply content to become born again, but do not allow the Lord to separate us enough from the profane, we will not enter into the fullness of our spiritual vocation and miss out on our calling.
The world will see in us something which is no different to what they have and will not be attracted to Christ.
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began
Not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace.
With every God given vocation, the Lord Jesus will also equip us spiritually and materially so that we can execute this calling successfully.
The grace or labor of Christ’s endows us with all that is necessary. If we are not operating within our calling, the grace of Christ will not be fully present and neither will be His endowments.
As I teach everywhere, we must realize the difference between being religiously busy, versus walking in our calling. We must be used in our correct ministry.
.2 Tim 1: 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing ( epiphany) of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
(Greek: Appearing: “epiphany”).
In Christ’s appearing or manifesting resides His superhuman labor or grace, which is proportional to how much He is manifested. His labor always brings forth the incorruptness of eternal life, which we are commanded to take a hold of and make our own.
12 or the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
The sufferings of Christ come to us in proportion to our spiritual vocations. The greater the calling, the more extensive will be our period of training.
God’s mode of guarding is to lead, labor, and supply continuously to Paul so that the apostle might be faithful to execute his ministerial responsibilities till the consummation of his earthly life.
1 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Greek: Hold fast the outline or pattern of healthy words in a world that belongs to faith and love.
Today, many suffer from sickness of body and mind. The pattern of healthy words brought to us by the Bible is not theirs, since many do not like to read. This is a very serious problem, a tragic phenomenon of this decade. By all means become a reader. Don’t allow the devil to deceive and rob you from the love of reading.
Neither is the sacrificing the pattern of healthy words of the Bible to accommodate current cultural views correct.
We must love people, but never scarifies the scriptures to do so.