"I'VE REACHED MY JOURNEY'S END"
II Timothy 4:5-8
August 16, 1992
INTRODUCTION: The end is often mentioned within the framework
of one's life. In Exodus 17:13, of Moses the scripture says,
"his hands were steady with the going down of the sun." The
apostle Paul, on more than one occasion, made mention of the end
of his ministry. In Acts 20:24, he said, "so that I might
finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have
received of the Lord Jesus." The aged apostle now having
reached his journey's end, encourages young Timothy in several
areas of his life.
I. ALERTNESS. v.5
"watch" - New American Standard Bible
translates it "be sober." Speaks of
being well-balanced and self-
controlled. The word was used
literally of one who abstained from
strong drink; here it is used to
emphasize Timothy's need for clarity
of mind and sound judgment. In Paul's
mind, there was never to be a let-up
in the sobriety required of Timothy.
It calls for the carrying on of ministry
with seriousness of purpose.
A. HIS MISFORTUNE. 5a
"endure afflictions" - when
things get tough, don't quit;
ILLUSTRATION: Pastor in Oregon-
"quit, not on your life."
Remember, God often uses suffering to
Romans 5:3-4, "And not only so, but
we glory in tribulations al ...
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