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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 3, 2010 - Uplifted Spirit

By Gary Rogers

Paul wrote his last letter to Timothy with a heart of a spiritual father speaking to his son. Paul was in prison under the Roman dictator Nero.

Nero was insane with an appetite for power and an insecurity-driven opposition to anything representing a threat to his rule. Christianity became his target. He took delight in torturing and killing Christians. It has been recorded that he used the burning bodies of impaled Christians to illuminate his garden for evening walks.

Paul knew that being held captive by this man pointed to the reality of 2 Timothy 4:6: “The time of my departure is at hand” (NKJV). History indicates that Paul was right. Nero took Paul’s life due to the apostle’s love and unwavering stand for Jesus Christ.

Understanding the circumstances of Paul’s captivity and that this letter to Timothy would likely be his last, it is interesting to read his words in 2 Timothy 4:22: “The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” I love how Paul encouraged Timothy by requesting Jesus to be with his spirit. Wow, this man in prison awaiting his death was praying for his young friend to have an uplifted spirit!

The spirit of a person can be downcast, discouraged and afflicted. On the other hand, the spirit can be encouraged, uplifted and built up. A person’s spirit can be seen visibly and be identified as kind in spirit, critical in spirit, humble in spirit, sweet-spirited or possessing the spirit of joy.

Paul’s prayer for Timothy was that Jesus with His presence would be the primary influence on the visible spirit of his young friend. He didn’t want the circumstance brought on by Nero to rob Timothy of his outlook and attitude. Paul wanted something other than the current events and government leaders and the plight of the Christian community to be the source of Timothy’s countenance. Paul prayed that Jesus would be with Timothy’s spirit. He knew the nearness of Jesus heals a broken spirit.

My prayer for you is that Jesus will be with your spirit. No matter what the circumstances or situations you may be dealing with right now, Jesus is a constant, unfailing source of help. Jesus never fails. Jesus never disappoints. Jesus is always enough. May my Jesus lift you up in spirit and may you be blessed.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.

 

 

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