Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 1:18-19 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.  Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. 

Paul highly valued the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1).  Through prophecy important messages of warning and encouragement came to the church.  Just as pastors are ordained and set apart for ministry in church today.  Timothy had been set apart for ministry when elders laid their hands on him (see 4:14).  Apparently at this ceremony, several believers had prophesied about Timothy’s gifts and strengths.  These words from the Lord must have encouraged Timothy through out his ministry.

Lets Bring it Home: Are we giving out more warnings than encouragement?  How can we hold on to a good conscience?  Treasure your faith in Christ more than anything else and do what you know is right.  Each time you deliberately ignore your conscience, you are hardening your heart.  Over a period of time your capacity to tell right from wrong will diminish.  As you walk with God, he will speak to you through your conscience, letting you know the difference between right and wrong.  Be sure to act on those inner tugs so that you do what is right then your conscience will remain clear.

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