1 Timothy 4 (New American Standard Bible)
1 Timothy 4
1But (A)the Spirit explicitly says that (B)in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to (C)deceitful spirits and (D)doctrines of demons, 2by means of the hypocrisy of liars (E)seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3men who (F)forbid marriage and advocate (G)abstaining from foods which (H)God has created to be (I)gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4For (J)everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is (K)received with gratitude; 5for it is sanctified by means of (L)the word of God and prayer. A Good Minister’s Discipline 6In pointing out these things to (M)the brethren, you will be a good (N)servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the (O)sound doctrine which you (P)have been following. 7But have nothing to do with (Q)worldly (R)fables fit only for old women On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of (S)godliness; 8for (T)bodily discipline is only of little profit, but (U)godliness is profitable for all things, since it (V)holds promise for the (W)present life and also for the life to come. 9(X)It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed (Y)our hope on (Z)the living God, who is (AA)the Savior of all men, especially of believers. 11(AB)Prescribe and teach these things. 12(AC)Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, (AD)love, faith and purity, show yourself (AE)an example of those who believe. 13(AF)Until I come, give attention to the public (AG)reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through (AH)prophetic utterance with (AI)the laying on of hands by the (AJ)presbytery. 15Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16(AK)Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will (AL)ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4 (The Message)
1 Timothy 4
Teach with Your Life
1-5The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. 6-10You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. 11-14Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. 15-16Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.
From Heartlight devotions at www.heartlight.org
SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE
1 Timothy 4:11-16
May we never lessen our commitment to you because someone
criticizes us. Instead, let us set an example in speech and
conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Encourage us to busy ourselves with the reading of Scripture, with
preaching and teaching. Help us not to neglect whatever gifts we
have from you. Help us use every resource you have given us to
serve fruitfully in your kingdom, that we may be saved and that
others may come to a saving relationship with your Son Jesus
In the name of Jesus I ask. Amen.
Open the eyes of my heart Lord. May your heart envelope mine so that I may disappear and you may shine forth like a bright light. May I forever be reminded to earnestly seek YOU in prayer and through your Holy Word, the TRUTH. Make my life a reflection of you in the use of the gifts you have placed within me, in my speech, conduct and attitude. May I always speak in love to everyone I meet. Take the world’s ‘clothing’ off me and replace it with the finest, purest cloth you have to offer. Following you is not easy and I cannot do it alone, thank you for the people you have placed in my life for this day and in this time. But most of all Father, thank you for your Son and for your Holy Word and for sending the Comforter to guide me along the way.
In your name, I pray, Amen