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Daily Devotions

Memory Text  — 1 Timothy 3:16 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Westminster Confession of Faith 25.5 — The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated, as to become no Churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. Nevertheless, there shall be always a Church on earth to worship God according to His will.

Monday:  1 Timothy 4:6.  What must be true of a teacher before he/she teaches others (6b)?  Pray this for your leaders.  The word “trained” here has the idea of nourishment for growth.  What is to nourish us (v 6, 6:3, 1 Pet 2:1-2)?  Do you read the Bible for growth?  How does awe of God move us to action (e.g. Is 6:3, 8)? 

Tuesday:  1 Timothy 4:7.  What do silly myths (false teachings, 1:4) distract us from?  What are things that distract you from godliness?  “Godliness” is used 9 times (out of 13 total in the Bible) in 1 Timothy.  What does that tell you about the importance of godliness in the local church?  Define godliness in relation to God.  Ponder and pray about where you need to grow. 

Wednesday:  1 Timothy 4:7-8.  “Training” here is gumnadzo (think gym), and usually refers to training for the Olympics.  How will this picture help you train in godliness:  vigorous and focused (Phil 2:12-14), physical (1 Cor 9:24-27), naked (Heb 12:1-2)?  Remember the tie between godliness and the Word (v 6), and the source and power of our godliness (3:14-16, Gal 5:19-22). 

Thursday:  1 Timothy 4:8.  Contrast the value of bodily (athletic) training and godliness. Why is godliness better?  What does the “promise” contain (2 Tim 1:1, 10, Rom 4:13)?  How do we taste this life now (Dt 4:29, Ps 1:1-3, 103:17, 1 Jn 1:6, 7, 2:24, 25) and in eternity (1 Jn 2:24, 25)?   How do we live in light of the promise of life (1 Tim 6:19, Jn 10:10, Lk 18:29-30)? 

Friday:  1 Timothy 4:10.  “We toil and strive” -to what does that refer (2:7, Col 1:28-29)?  Why confidence motivate Paul and Timothy in their ministry?  What do “living God” and “Savior” communicate?  How does this motivate you to witness, disciple, and pursue godliness?  

Saturday: 1 Timothy 4:11-16.  Consider the idea of being an example here.