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Dying with Him, living with Him | Week of February 11th

2 Timothy 2:11-13, This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

From the sermon series: The activity of the Lord

Paul wrote this letter to Timothy while he was in prison, and just a few years before he died. In this section of the letter, he says that he endures all things so that God’s people might be saved through Jesus Christ.

These verses from Paul point us towards the future. They give us hope for the future, but they also hold a warning. While we cannot do anything to earn God’s grace, our actions here on earth are very much connected to our future with Him. If, in our suffering and being knocked down, we endure and hold onto our faith in Christ, we are promised that we will be raised up to reign with Him. In this, we find the hope that is needed to persist through difficult times. On the other hand, if we lose our faith and turn away from the Lord, we are also subject to the promises He has made for the faithless.

Journal Prompt: How often do you think of your future with God? What do you think about it? Do you have hope and feel secure in your future with Him? Thinking about your future, what might you feel called to work on to change in your life now?

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