Notwithstanding, the Lord Stood with Me by Daniel Rodgers

Notwithstanding, the Lord Stood with Me
Dan Rodgers
II Timothy 4:6-22

SONG: Some of you may or may not remember the name Kittie Suffield. Kittie Suffield was a well-known hymn writer, talented musician and singer. After marrying Fred Suffield, she and her husband traveled as evangelists, and sometimes worked with George Beverly Shea. One song you will remember (one we sing here) is; Little Is Much When God Is In It. The following song is not quite as well known, but carries a wonderful message. In 1929, she wrote, God Is Still On the Throne. Allow me to read the first line and refrain...

Have you started for glory and heaven?
Have you left this old world far behind?
In your heart is the Comforter dwelling?
Can you say, "Praise the Lord, He is mine"?
Have the ones that once walked on the highway
Gone back, and you seem all alone?
Keep your eyes on the prize, for the home in the skies;
God is still on the throne.


God is still on the throne,
And He will remember His own;
Tho' trials may press us and burdens distress us,
He never will leave us alone;
God is still on the throne,
He never forsaketh His own;
God is still on the throne,
His promise is true, He will not forget you;
God is still on the throne.1


In our text, we find the great Apostle Paul in prison at Rome; he is all alone. From his dungeon cell, he writes to Timothy. II Timothy was the last letter he ever wrote. In (vs.6), he said, "The time of departure is at hand."

COMMENTARY: Paul was facing a capital charge, the charge of being a troublemaker or insurrectionist against Rome. He was appearing before Nero, the Emperor himself, which was the Supreme Court of Rome. Two trials were necessary: the preliminary trial or examination where the charges were laid out and briefly examined, and then the trial itself where the defendant was either found guilty or not guilty.

Paul had already faced the preliminary trial, and it is this tr ...

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