Who is your inspiration?
Scripture I read: Philippians 2
S: "For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father has served with me in the gospel." Philippians 2:20-21 ESV
"I have no one quite like Timothy. He is loyal, and genuinely concerned for you. Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus. But you know yourselves that Timothy's the real thing. He's been a devoted son to me as together we've delivered the Message. " Philippians 2:20-21 MSG
O: We need people in our life that we look up to and can genuinely allow to inspire and encourage us in our faith. We spend so much of our time trying to focus on our busy lives, agenda, & own interests that we completely miss Gods ACTUAL plan.
We need those people in our life to encourage, direct, discern, and remind us to look to Gods interests FIRST, not our own.
A true friend isn't someone who will side with you when you are doing the wrong thing, but will lovingly convict you about the sin you are committing and point you back to the Truth in the Gospel.
We need to also be like Timothy to our friends. One who allows others to seek our counsel and trusts your loyalty to speak Truth and not just what they want to hear.
We often times want to be counseled, but feel unqualified to be the counselor. When, in reality, every chance that we get to point back to Jesus, whether in friendships or strangers, is an opportunity to bless someones life and do the will of God. We can't take that for granted and we can't sit back and wait for people to help us solve our problems when God has given us opportunities to be the answer to someone else's prayer.
Timothy was "sold out" for the mission ahead. He was ready to go, eager, and so thirsty to speak the good news to the people il Philippi. Are you? Am I that eager? Or am I more concerned about avoiding that annoying coworker at work because they keep asking you to get coffee and you keep saying "yeah i'll try to find time" .
Timothy was genuinely loyal and concerned about both the people who were going to hear the good news, AND executing the mission that God places on His heart. I wonder, are we anxious to pour into the hearts of other peoples in this way? Are we DESPERATE to be love and spread love? Or are we more concerned about making it through each day with as little stress and inconvenience as possible?
A: Godly friendships are one the greatest blessing because it means that I never fight alone, ever.
Through the trials that I faced at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, I have NEVER felt alone. In fact, when the enemy tries to torment me. I laugh. Because even though it may suck, I remember the strength of the women fighting next to me.
I will always face trials and tribulations, the Bible promises that. But a friendship that is Spirit Lead and God honoring will pray BOLDLY and FERVENTLY for me to make the battle less heavy. And it's not just a simple "yeah, I will keep you in my prayers" it's a "alright sister, let's Armor up and fight this thing together".
The best part; Godly friendships build a deeper relationship with God.
When the topic of your conversations go from gossiping about so and so or creating commonality in the complains of your problems, and instead begin to speak Truth over one another EVEN in the tough times and recount all the blessing that God has done in each of our lives (Psalm 9:1-2), it changes the atmosphere.
It causes us to: - Pray more fervently - Voice gratitude more regularly - Cling to Gods Word more desperately - Love unselfishly - Worship more extravagantly - Speak the name of Jesus more boldly - Battle with more confidence IN victory
Godly friends shouldn't just talk about Jesus and give you good advice, it should be evident that their LIFE is a living example of Gods love. We should always be on the lookout for Timothy's in our lives.
My Timothy's - Monday's Small Group girls; specifically Crystal and Cait - Thursday Small Group girls; specifically Alexis - Justin Sommer; YA at PHC - Kiarah - Tanner - Celest
Questions to ask yourself this week: 1. Who are my Timothy's? (If you don't have any, where can you start getting plugged in to create those type of friendships?) 2. How can you BE a Timothy this week? 3. In your friendships, do you feel like you are loving first, or complaining first? 4. Has the enemy told you a lie that you CAN'T have these types of friendships, or maybe based on your past that you can't give advice and speak Truth over your friends (or even talk about God) in the way you'd like to? Read Romans 8:37 and declare this over your life throughout the rest of the week.
P: Heavnely Father,
Thank you for blessing me with godly relationships. Over a year and half ago I had no fiends here and felt lonelier than ever. But you God, brought me the sweetest friends and the most powerful little tribe of Women who are anxious to be an ambassador for you. Thank you for allowing each one of them to be examples of your love. Your Spirit is evident in them in the way that they live, believe, fight, speak, and act. Each one of them have a different perspective but it all aligns so perfectly with my situations when I need it most. Lord, build these friendships that I have entered into and continue to allow my heart to open up and release any pain or hurt that I have held onto from old friendships so that I can both be blessed and be a blessing in these new ones. This small tribe is an extension of your Church, Lord. Build us, guide us, and challenge us to not just pour into each other, but to come along side one another to speak the gospel to those who are in need of rescuing. Lord, equip me to be a Timothy for them as well. Remind me that I am a conqueror in the times that the enemy tries to lie to me about my qualification and speak peace into my heart. Jesus, we want to speak Your name more boldly, pray more fervently, love more deeply, worship with more surrender, and sling to Your Word more desperately. Thank you for what you have done and what you are doing. Bless these women, bless them and touch their lives so today they may encounter you just a little more. Thank you Jesus for this life. Amen.