1 & 2 Timothy Devotional

The purpose of the Old Testament law was to show us our need for a Savior, but some people tend to turn to the law for salvation. They take comfort in following all the rules and regulations because they feel they are doing their part in “earning” their salvation. They tend to find comfort in religious legalism because they are good at playing the game. They know how to appear holy without really having to change on the inside. Yet, we know from God’s Word that Jesus is after our hearts. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The purpose of the law is to show us that we can’t earn our salvation. We will never be able to earn our salvation. The law is good because it shows us our desperate need for a Savior. But make no mistake, following all the rules doesn’t save us… only Jesus can. 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for what you did for me on the cross so many years ago. Thank you that I don’t have to live life wondering if I’m “good enough” to get into heaven. Thank you for providing a way and extending your free gift of salvation to me. Amen.

Watch Your Mouth!


“WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” is a phrase my siblings and I heard frequently from our parents during our developmental years. “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” was used as a reminder for my siblings and I to stay within the communication boundaries of discipline, respect, honesty, and positivity established by our parents. I can only recall the phrase being used when we went contrary to our parents’ directives or if our words went against God’s commands.

Similar to a parent reminding a child to evaluate their words, God informs his children the power of their words and the importance of choosing words wisely. With our tongues we either speak; life or death, victory or defeat, insecurity or confidence, weakness or strength, trust or doubt, but whatever you say, be prepared to eat the fruit of your words.
There have probably been times in your life when you’ve said things that were hurtful towards yourself and others. When that happens it is vital to seek and receive God’s forgiveness, repent and thoughtfully give attention to your words from that point on.

It all starts with watching our mouth because the words we speak have long lasting impact directly connected to our present and future circumstances. You’d be surprised how your words are effecting your situation.

Scripture reveals several accounts regarding individuals either watching their mouths or carelessly using words. In both cases we are shown the effect of the tongue’s power. Words can teach, encourage and uplift. They also can discourage, reject and demean. Words can express gratitude, love, and joy. They also can express selfishness, hate and despondency. Our aim is to speak what God says about our situations and not what our inconsistent emotions want us to declare.

No matter what is going on in your life today, it’s time to “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” Don’t get distracted by the trial or the mirage that nothing will change, begin declaring God’s word. This is a work in progress that requires discipline, trust, and faith. But once you begin to get in the rhythm of using your words wisely in thanksgiving and praise to God, when the wrong words try to come out, you will be able to take action and bounce back to God’s words. Speak life and watch your mouth!

DAILY BIBLE LESSON

Greetings from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope. To Timothy, a true son to me in the faith we share. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. When I went to Macedonia, I asked you to stay in Ephesus. Some people there are teaching things that are not true, and I want you to tell them to stop. Tell them not to give their time to meaningless stories and to long lists of names to prove their family histories. Such things only cause arguments. They don’t help God’s work, which is done only by faith. My purpose in telling you to do this is to promote love—the kind of love shown by those whose thoughts are pure, who do what they know is right, and whose faith in God is real. But some have missed this key point in their teaching and have gone off in another direction. Now they talk about things that help no one. They want to be teachers of the law, but they don’t know what they are talking about. They don’t even understand the things they say they are sure of.
1 Timothy 1:1‭-‬7 ERV

http://bible.com/406/1ti.1.1-7.ERV

It all comes down to love: love for God and love for others. When we allow our words to focus more on arguing and trivial, divisive controversies instead of helping people fall in love with Jesus, we know we have a problem. This is what was happening with the false teachers in Timothy’s day. They were leading people away from Jesus instead of to Jesus. Instead of teaching people how to know God and love Him with pure hearts, good consciences, and sincere faiths, these false teachers brought up controversies that were causing division, hypocrisy, and ultimately leading people away from God. 

Timothy said it best, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith…” Make that your goal today. Love others with all your heart. And if you need to, use words. 

Dear Lord, 

Use me today for your glory. Help others see you in me. Give me your supernatural love for those you have placed in my life. Help me to love them with a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith. Use my life to point others to You. Amen.