Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Be Thou An Example
I Timothy 4:12 "Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
Timothy was given instruction to be an example to other believers. He was to be an example to others in how he talked, lived, gave, acted, trusted and existed spiritually.
We too should be examples to others in these same areas. The factor that allows us to be what we should be is determination. We must determine to be an example. Make up your mind that you are going to be an example to others. If you think about it...no matter how you live your life or handle the trials and tribulations you go through...you are being an example. The question is...what kind of example are you being? We are not to be an example that would be of the negative sort but be the type of example that God would have His children to exemplify in their lives to others.
When spiritual storms and circumstances of life cloud the horizon of our hope, we can be examples to others how to live for God in the dark, gloomy days of discouragement. Do I mean you aren't going to break down and weep and cry over those times in your life? No...of course not. But you can always rest assured that God is there to help you through those times in your life. The Lord does not always deliver His children from their problems...but He is faithful to bring us through them to the other side and to victory. An example that is pleasing to God, sings through the storm clouds of doubt and discouragement and is strengthened to help others in the down pours we face. God does things FOR us, not TO us. II Corinthians 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
I've been through many difficult storms in the past 12 years of my Christian life. And I'm going through another very dark storm right now. And though things get to the point at times when I think I just can't take anymore...God knows how much I can bear and He never puts on us any more than we can bear. I'm also reminded that no matter what I go through...and no matter how dark things get...the Holy Spirit always reminds me of His promise to me in Hebrews 13:5 "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
What kind of example are you being in the midst of your storms?
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