“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 ->me: Today was one of those days where Marianne and I shared the space of our office to do our quiet times and as usually happens we shared some of what God was revealing to us in the word. Marianne is in 2 Timothy right now and a verse out of one of the commentaries I read referenced 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” This was in reference to the first mentioned type of person who will reap the Second Death -> the coward. This is the person who in the last resort chooses self and safety rather than Christ and the power they could have through Him. So Paul tells us in 2 Timothy that we have His strength in POWER, LOVE, and SELF-CONTROL. When I come into those places in my life where I am distracted by the things of this world (career, busy-ness, illness, materialism, etc.), I don’t always turn to the One Who can give all that I need to be Victorious. My Victory in Christ is all that should matter…my life in eternity with Him is the only hope and safety I should have my eyes set on. Why do I get so down, why do I get so frustrated, why do I lose hope…because my eyes are not fixed on the Author and Perfecter of my faith. Today is a great day to remember 2 Timothy 1:7.