Gene Cunningham - June 7, 2010

Courage for Conflict

Stir up means to bring a fire to full flame (2Ti 1:6). Our mission is related to our gift. Uncertainty is one cause of fear (2Ti 1:7). Courage must overcome fear. 1st Timothy theme is "Fight the good fight of faith". 2nd Timothy theme "The good soldier". The internal battle (1Jo 2:15) is not the external battle (Eph 6:11-18). Paul was a great warrior; sufferings to him were a gift from God (Phi 1:29-30). Paul became a soldier by attitude and action -- lose everything for Christ (Phi 3:7-9). We have to chose to be powered by the Spirit of God (Phi 3:10-11). Paul practiced leaning on Christ (Phi 4:10-13). There's a process: 1) Learn (Phi 4:11); 2) "know how" result is result of application; 3) "Can do" (Phi 4:13). Orient to the battlefield, understand to conditions, but realize it has to be focused on Christ (2Ti 2:8, 2Ti 2:12).

Scripture References: Philippians 1:29-30, Ephesians 6:11-18, Philippians 4:13, John 2:15, Philippians 4:11, Philippians 4:10-13, Philippians 3:10-11, Philippians 3:7-9

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