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Apr 13 Devotion: Being Faithful to Finish

II Timothy 4:1-8 - "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

Intro.—Good to “start right”-Take step of faith

               Good to “finish right”-Takes strong faith

               Good to “stay right” - Takes stable faith

                                3 Encouragements to be Faithful

I. The reason for being Faithful - verses 1-6

  •     God was Faithful “to” Paul - I Corinthians 1:9,10:13

  •     God was Faithful “Toward” Paul - Philippians 4:10-19

  •     God was Faithful “Within” Paul - II Corinthians 12:9

II. The Reality of being Faithful - verse 7

  •     Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wars”

  •     Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wounds”

  •     Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wrongs”

III. The Results of being Faithful - verse 8

  •     Faithfulness will help our Conscience - verse 6

  •     Faithfulness will affect our Children

  •     Faithfulness will impact our Church

  •     Faithfulness will speak to our Companions

  •     Faithfulness will motivate our Comrads

Faithfulness will provide a Crown 

Close- Read II Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

-Bro. Mike Goodson


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