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Lessons from Timothy

09 Apr

“For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:7-10

Tonight I returned home from dinner with my parents with every intention to continue reading where I had left off in “gods at war” by Kyle Idleman. I had previously finished chapter nine, titled “the god of money” and was to begin chapter ten, “the god of achievement.”

My plans changed when I got a text message from a friend. We exchanged greetings and a bit of small talk before he mentioned that he’d been reading Timothy. In that, I heard more than my friends activities. I also heard God.
Although I didn’t yet know why, I felt God pulling MD into His Word.

Generally I’m a pretty fast reader but that was not to be the case tonight. Nearly an hour and a half and only six short chapters later, I had two pages of notes and a heart weighed down by guilt.

While I knew that there was trouble, I had yet to put my finger on just the right page. Tonight, however, the Shepherd felt that it was time to lead me directly to it. 1 Timothy 6:7-10-more specifically, verse nine…

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and…plunge into ruin and destruction”

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At the time of my last two posts, I wasn’t ready to disclose the details of the “struggles” my family was dealing with, and while I still don’t think that “ready” is the right word, my Bible tells us to ”

confess your sins to each other and pray for each other”

in James 5:16.

Over the past month, my husband And I have lost our car, our only means of transportation, nearly all of our utilities, many of our possessions and nearly lost our house.

We had fallen prey to the commercialism of Christmas and as much as we had tried since them, we have not been able to dig ourselves out of the hole we got ourselves into.
We have spent the last month living without many things that most would consider to be necessities, yet still rejoicing, knowing that our circumstances could be far worse.

We have known where we went wrong and that God would be our only chance at recovery.
Tonight was the night when everything fell into place. We had wandered off the narrow path, but its time to find our way back.

“If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” 1Timothy 6:8

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Life in General

 

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One response to “Lessons from Timothy

  1. nopew

    April 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Simplicity is a very powerful peace-giver. I am saddened at your circumstances, but pleased to hear how you move forward with this. We all fall (Romans 3:23), but that is not the whole story. After the fact, what we do tells the true story of our soul.
    The cause was different, but when my career was ripped away from I lost about $500,000. So now I work for close to minimum wage, BUT God’s peace trumps career and its trappings every time. I say that from experience – not theory.
    Peace!

     

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