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GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

Psalm 88: 1-2 says, O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before you. Let my prayer come before you; Incline your ear to my cry.

As I read Psalm 88, it reminds me of myself in a low place in time when I was at the bottom. I was struggling with a crumbled marriage, addictions with drugs and alcohol and being a single father with two kids. Things seem to get worse by the day. I knew the truth of God's Word being raised up in church and in a Christian home but spent many years turning my back to it.

Psalm 88:18 says, you have removed lover and friend far from me; my acquaintances are in darkness.

In November of 2004, I literally felt God remove me out of the situation I was in and dropped me here in Dallas to live with my parents, who my children had already been living with for about 6 months. When I arrived I struggled internally with loneliness and being away from friends and going cold turkey on all my addictions. All I had left was prayer and knowing God had a plan and that He was in control. I rededicated my life to Him soon after moving to Dallas. It wasn't until the first Sunday I came to Faith Bible Church I realized just how many people had been praying for me for so many years. People I didn't know, my mother's friends. My mother and her friends witnessed what constant prayer can do in a person's life, their prayer changed my children's and my life.

God has heard my prayer. God has given me a wonderful Christian wife and four beautiful kids. I thank God for answering the prayers of my parents and friends and for the changed life I have today.

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THE GOAL OF OUR INSTRUCTION

As I read through I Timothy 1 today, I was drawn to the fifth verse - "but the goal of our instruction is love". I tend to be a goal-oriented person, especially when it come to disciple-making, so any time I'm reading Scripture, I notice phrases like "our goal is" or "in order to" or "so that". These phrases encourage me to understand not only why I'm doing what Scripture says, but also what I'm trying to accomplish. What handy reminders! 

 

God clearly defines the goal of our instruction in this verse,  and that goal is LOVE! Maybe this isn't surprising, but it helps to know that Timothy was dealing with some pretty difficult people amidst pretty difficult circumstances when Paul wrote these instructions to him. Timothy wasn't merely trying to share the Good News for the first time with some listening friends. He was attempting to correct those in opposition to the ministry whom Paul describes as "blasphemers" (vs 20) and those who "have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith" (vs 19).  Making disciples can be tough, especially in the face of opposition. However, in these circumstances, it helps to remember what the goal of our instruction is.

Not being right.

Not proving the point.

Not having the last word.

Love. 

 

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