I Have Fought The Good Fight!!!

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Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! I Have Fought A Good Fight!!!

2Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
2Timothy 4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

 

Are you ready? Do you have a fear of death? Death for the Christian is not a thing to fear. It is but a door to heaven. When you enter the door to your home do you feel safe? What about the door to heaven?
Shouldn’t we feel safe about that door opening and stepping through the threshold to glory? We need to want to finish our walk, faith, our fight valiantly.
How many out there are quilt makers? We would ever get almost done with a beautiful quilt and then fabric glue on the end of it.
How many wood workers are out there? How many would get to the end of a beautiful oak table then finish up with some cheap pine?
How many painters are out there? How many would work on a beautiful 20×20 sea scape with the best paints and then let their 4year old grandchild use some child paints to add a picture?

Paul does us a wonderful service when he gives to believers a view from the finish line. He’s just about ready to finish his life’s race, when he decided to write to young Timothy,and said, “Timothy, let me tell you how I feel right now. Allow me to give you a view of what I’ve got going on inside me as I approach the finish line.” Due to persecution, Paul was in prison in Rome. There, beside the river, damp and dark and cold, Apostle Paul wrote this last letter to Timothy, his dear son in the faith. Sensing that he was approaching the finish line, Paul gave his final words of encouragement, challenge, and caution to a young man that he had mentored and discipled in the faith. Paul sent this letter hoping that Timothy, who was in Ephesus:
2Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2Timothy 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
2Timothy 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
This letter would serve as Paul’s last will and testament and would prepare Timothy to do the work of ministry in Paul’s absence and to ensure that the gospel was extended to the next generation. Even though Paul is lonely, he is fulfilled in what he’s been able to accomplish and he is full of anticipation.
1. The Confidence
First, he compared himself to a sacrifice. The “sacrifice” is a reference to the drink offering which in the Jewish feasts terminated the great Day of Atonement. At the end of all the offerings, a drink offering, a jug of wine was poured out upon the altar. Paul sees himself in that way.

Second, Paul was ready to depart
1. Paul was raising anchor
a.) The first word picture for the word departure is that of a ship raising anchor and removing moorings to leave one country for an another
b.) Paul had been anchored in this life but was now ready to raise anchor and set sail for his new home. HEAVEN!!!
2. Paul was breaking camp
a.) The second word picture for departure is that of a camp being taken down to move on
b.) Paul was constantly moving from village to village, city to city and country to country. Paul was now breaking camp for the last time and heading for his permanent home in heaven.
3. Paul was released from his burden
a.) The third word picture of departure was that of unyoking an animal from the burden of its work
b.) Paul was being released from his burden and his labor for Christ’s kingdom was over. Paul was moving on to his rest with Christ.
Paul had given his all for the service of Christ and he was ready to move on to be with Christ

He was concerned about:
1. His Christlikeness
2. His Course
3. His Crown

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Christian, will you be able to say that your calling was fulfilled?
We need to live each day for Christ like it was our last here on this earth. Are you fulfilling your calling? Are you being true to Christ?
If you are truly living for Jesus, then you are carrying a cross. Now what that cross is for you I don’t know.
If you feel no sacrifice on your part for Christ, then you have dropped your cross.
What sacrifice lies before you?
Have you fought a good fight? Yes—Wonderful…No—What do you need to change?
Have you finished your course? If not, How are you going to finish it?
Have you kept the faith? Yes—Wonderful…No—What do you need to change?

Have we fought the Good Fight?
When we stand before Our Precious Lord Will we Be Able To Say We Truly Fought????

I GAVE MY LIFE FOR THEE
I gave My life for thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be,
And raised up from the dead;
I gave, I gave My life for thee,
What hast thou giv’n for Me?
I gave, I gave My life for thee,
What hast thou giv’n for Me?
My Father’s house of light,
My glory-circled throne
I left for earthly night,
For wand’rings sad and lone;
I left, I left it all for thee,
Hast thou left aught for Me?
I left, I left it all for thee,
Hast thou left aught for Me?
I suffered much for thee,
More than thy tongue can tell,
Of bitt’rest agony,
To rescue thee from hell;
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee,
What hast thou borne for Me?
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee,
What hast thou borne for Me?
And I have brought to thee,
Down from My home above,
Salvation full and free,
My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee,
What hast thou brought to Me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee,
What hast thou brought to Me?

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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