Fire Up or Burn Out
II Timothy 1:3
I. HE HAS THE MEMORY OF PAST CONVERSION- V1
II. HE HAS THE MEMORY OF PRESENT CONVICTIONS
III. HIS MEMORY OF FUTURE CONSECRATION
This is the letter of an old man to a young man and it's just about over for the Apostle Paul. He's soon to die and he knows it. The executioner's sword will flash in the sun light and the greatest Christ that ever lived golden tongue for God will be silenced.
The little tentmaker is about to meet his Maker. His own tent is about to be removed. He is about to pull up anchor and sail for a better land. He says he's ready. In fact, in Christian literature he is called, "Paul, the Ready."
He's in a dark and dismal prison. His body is in pain and his bones ache. He has no pain killers to take. He's cold and somewhat lonely. He misses his books. I must tell you that most preachers find comfort in their books.
The struggle and battle, as he had known it, is over. He has conqueror his last enemy captured his last fort and hill. There's just one more letter to go out. It will be personal and extremely urgent.
Where will he find inspiration in such a depressing place? To whom will he write? Will he say things that modern prosperity preachers say? Will he share the philosophy of a Benny Hinn? Never in his life time. A thousand times no!
He will send a personal message, written under the driving force of the Holy Spirit, to Timothy, his own son in the faith.
It is often said that the old have memories, and that the young have hopes. That may well be so. It is inevitable that as we grow older, we dwell more and more upon the memories of the past.
In conversations with elderly people they always remind us of "the good days" or "the times we used to have." Memory lifts them back and sets them down in the midst of past experiences.
This is illustrated in Paul's Second Letter to Timothy. This is the letter of an old man to a young man. We find the word "remembranc ...
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