April 15, 2021

What does it take to grow?Day 9

What does it take to grow?Day 9

2 Timothy 1:2-4, Apostle Paul encourages and prays for Timothy (ICB) Verse 2 “To Timothy, a dear son to me. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I always remember you in my prayers, day and night. And I thank God for you in these prayers. He is the God my ancestors served. And I serve him, doing what I know is right. 4 I remember that you cried for me. And I want very much to see you so that I can be filled with joy.” 2 Timothy 2: 5-7. Paul continues to encourage Timothy and help him in his journey towards his spiritual maturity. Paul says in verse 5 “I remember your true faith. That kind of faith first belonged to your grandmother Lois and to your mother Eunice. And I know that you now have that same faith. 6 That is why I remind you to use the gift God gave you. God gave you that gift when I laid my hands on [a] you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire. 7 God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/support

Transcript

Good morning and welcome to today’s Daily insights. This is day 9 of our 
episodes, What does it take to Grow. On behalf of Pastor Lucy Paynter daily 
insights, this is Jane Lenny. 
Yesterday we looked at habit number 4 - In order to grow we need a caring family 
and friends - Fellowship.
We looked at commands the Bible has given us as Christians in order to mature in 
our faith in fellowship with one another. We called them “one another” commands.
We illustrated them as; Honor one another, accept one another, serve one 
another, don’t condemn one another, submit to one another, forgive one 
another, encourage one another, love one another, confess your sins to one 
another.
Today, we delve deeper in practical ways in developing this habit and figure out 
how we can use this as a tool in our paths to becoming spiritual mature. 
As a tool, I’d like you to start by figuring out who is in your everyday world. Take 
your time in the course of the day and play a video of your daily life in your mind. 
You are watching your life in front of your eyes. Think about the people who are in 
your life. Think about the people of peace in your life. (Luke 10:5-9) These are 
the ones who want to serve you. If you can’t think of any, think about the ones 
who need to know Jesus. Then remember to do these three things:
Pray for them: Personally, pray for people in your everyday world each day. 
Share your prayers with your Soul Friends so they can pray and agree with you. If 
you don’t have soul friends, that’s ok, from today start making deliberate actions to 
change the course of your fellowship life in caring for family and friends. In your 
everyday ‘imagination movie’ that you will watch in the course of the day, reach 
out to the people of peace you will see in your life. As you reach out, pray God’s 
will for them. Pray the word of God over them. 
We find in 2 Timothy 1:2-4, Apostle Paul encourages and prays for Timothy (ICB)
Verse 2
“To Timothy, a dear son to me. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God 
the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3
I always remember you in my prayers, day 
and night. And I thank God for you in these prayers. He is the God my ancestors 
served. And I serve him, doing what I know is right. 4
I remember that you cried 
for me. And I want very much to see you so that I can be filled with joy.”1
We see here Timothy and Paul were soul friends. Timothy was a person of peace 
in Pauls life, Verse 4 Apostle Paul testified of Timothy, I remember that you cried 
for me.. He served Paul and for that reason Paul was yearning to see him so that he 
can be filled with Joy. Paul Prayed for Timothy day and night. Always pray for 
your friends and never give up.
As you pray for them, Help them: Every week you’re encouraged to help or bless 
three people – help your soul friends or even someone inside the church, someone 
outside the church and someone God highlights for you. Love on the people in 
your everyday world in ways they’ll appreciate. Make time for them and don’t be 
pushy. Do the good you know you ought to do. Create or strengthen real 
friendships. 
In the same scripture of 2 Timothy 2: 5-7. Paul continues to encourage Timothy 
and help him in his journey towards his spiritual maturity. Paul says in verse 5 “I 
remember your true faith. That kind of faith first belonged to your grandmother 
Lois and to your mother Eunice. And I know that you now have that same faith.
6 That is why I remind you to use the gift God gave you. God gave you that gift 
when I laid my hands on
[a] you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a 
fire. 7 God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power 
and love and self-control.”
Just like Paul to Timothy, help your friend in their spiritual journeys.
Verse 13-14 Paul reminded Timothy to “ Follow the true teachings you heard from 
me. Follow them as an example of the faith and love we have in Christ Jesus.
14 Protect the truth that you were given. Protect it with the help of the Holy Spirit 
who lives in us.”
Remind your friends the scripture, when they seem discouraged remind them of 
their faith and God’s gifts in their lives, remind them of what to do.
As you pray and help them, welcome them into your rhythms After you’ve 
prayed for them regularly and blessed them in ways they appreciate, look for 
opportunity to welcome them to something that would be of Value to them. The 
rhythms of our life include Eating, Creating, Celebrating, Recreating, Serving, 
Worshipping, Working, Relaxing, Taking a walk, Hiking, Exercising etc.
How do you apply these tools we’ve discussed today? Welcome 3 people every 
week into your rhythms - someone inside the church, someone outside the church 
and someone God highlights to you.On behalf of Pastor Lucy Paynter daily insights, this is Jane Lenny taking you 
through What Does It Take To Grow episodes. Today was day 9 of our episodes. 
Tomorrow go to Habit number 5. In order to grow we need regular exercise -
Service. God bless you, Shalom Shalom.