QTVOTD: Be diligent in these matters…

“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:15-16 -> me: Finished up chapter 4 today in 1 Timothy.  These concluding verses were so impactful to me.  What are the things that Paul is referring to that Timothy should practice and immerse himself in? 1) To teach the gospel of HOPE.  2) Set an example for believers in life, in speech, in love, in faith, and in purity. 3) Devoting one’s self to preaching and teaching God’s word…expositionally.  4) To not neglect your gifts.  |  I also like how Paul, once again, talks about Timothy keeping his life and doctrine in check lest he wander off path.  We can never become too comfortable in where God has us.  I must continually keep how I live my life and what I teach from God’s word linked in such a way that someone doesn’t just have to listen to what I might teach but how I live out my teaching.  This hit me today when I thought back to the devotion I recorded for my Life Group on Monday (https://bourlandweb.com/2020/07/19/qtvod-from-gods-to-gift/).  Am I thanking God for everything just as I said in my video?  Am I practicing this concept God revealed to me through His word.  The answer – not as much as I should.  Thank you Lord Jesus for your consistent help in my life that needs you so badly.  Everything I have is a gift from you, including my life that is alive to enjoy them.

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