11 TIMOTHY 1:12 And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still I am not ashamed, for I know–I perceive, have knowledge of and am acquainted with — Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am (positively) persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed to Him, until that day. Amp.

Definitions

Suffering – d) the bearing or the undergoing of pain, distress, or injury.

Persuade – d) to cause (someone) to do or believe something, especially by reasoning, urging, etc.

Guard – d) to watch over and protect, defend , shield, to keep watch.

Watch – d) the act or fact of keeping awake, especially in order to protect or guard.

Paul is writing this letter to Timothy from prison where he was in chains. He is telling him in verse 7 that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind, when he is suffering. It is easy to read these words and know that they are true for others who are suffering. Paul was living what he preached. That is what made his words so strong and powerful.

He has his eyes on Jesus and not his circumstances. He says that He knows and is positive that the Lord is able to guard and protect all that he has committed to Him. He cannot see any real fruit of his ministry and preaching, but believes and knows his suffering gives him the proof he needs to believe.

I believe the modern Church of today looks down on suffering saints. One of David Wilkerson’s daughters was asked to leave a church because she had cancer (from which she was later healed). They told her it was a bad witness. If your ministry is truly anointed by the Holy Spirit, it will do some damage to Satan’s kingdom. Then you can count on being attacked. If there is no battle in your life, then you are no threat to Satan.

We have all been given gifts or talents the Lord expects us to use for His Kingdom. In Matthew 25:13-32 it tells about a man who entrusted his property to his servants while he was gone on a trip. We know this is about the talents the Lord gives to His people.

We all think of ministry as preachers and evangelists. But what about the gifts of prayer and intercession, the gifts of praise and worship, and gifts of caring for the sick, the poor and needy? Aren’t these gifts regularly neglected?

He will check out everyone’s gifts and talents that He has given to them. And if we have been faithful in the smaller gifts, He will increase them to abundance, vs.29. He wants us to see that when we do the smaller duties, that we are doing it unto Him. We must not skip these smaller duties and leave them undone.

I believe while Paul was in chains, he was interceding for others. He may not have done this had he not been in prison. The Lord was teaching him and making his life a very important example.

Matthew 25:3-4 The foolish virgins did not take any extra oil with them, but the wise took extra oil. Chapter 25 goes on to explain how if you are faithful in little you will be entrusted with more. If we neglect the little things that we have been given our lamps will go out and we will wonder why. Where did the extra oil come from?

SUBJECT — AFFLICTED ONES — CH SPURGEON

God’s way is the right way. Our Lord’s path to His mediatorial throne ran by the cross of Calvary; our road to glory runs by the rivers of grief. All the Lord’s afflicted ones will one day step from their prisons to their thrones.

SONG — BECAUSE HE LIVES — PHIL DRISCOLL

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