Global Discipleship Congress 2013 Notes: Morning Devotion
Notes from the morning devotion talk of Dr Ramesh
2 Timothy 4:17-18 New International Version (NIV)
17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever.
Three things we can see from this verse on what the Lord did to Paul:
1. The Lord stood with me. Even through hardships Paul knew that the Lord was with him.
2. The Lord strengthened me. The supernatural strength that Paul had came from the Lord. To be joyful in the midst of suffering and to be able to die for the sake of the gospel requires a supernatural strength
3. The Lord rescued me. The only safety that is guaranteed is our eternal safety in Christ.
At the end of the day we have to be reminded as we go and make disciples – IT IS THE LORD. We are not the pump, we are just the pipe.