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Session 25

Training for Battle

Read: 1 Timothy 3–4, Psalm 25

When we think of Jesus, we think of the freedom God has given us to live in his love. What we don't often do is think of the discipline it takes to live true to that spiritual freedom. Without it, we can find ourselves before long wanting what our selfish flesh desires, rather than what God wants and what our spirit needs.

One of Paul's sternest warnings in this first of two letters to his beloved apprentice, Timothy, is to live a disciplined life in order to accomplish God's purpose. The word “disciple” means to regulate one's mind, thoughts and actions to achieve a particular purpose. Being a disciple of Jesus, then, is following a particular way of living that is about making our mind, thoughts and actions all about Jesus. In fact, Paul tells Timothy to think about the discipline of godliness just like we might think about working out at the gym. Do it and you will be strong, healthy and able to endure. Neglect working out and you'll be out of shape, you'll look unappealing and you won't be able to stand against Satan.

At the beginning of this chapter, Paul warns Timothy to stay on his toes and be on the lookout for false teaching because that's Satan strongest weapon in shipwrecking faith. So training in godliness, then, is first about knowing the “words of the faith”—the only truth, the real truth—about our savior, Jesus.

Paul commands Timothy to devote himself to reading scripture and to teaching scripture to save both himself and his hearers from Satan's lies. Even today, going to church each week to hear good preaching remains one of the most powerful ways we can “train” our minds to know and believe and act in the truth of God. Another method is daily Bible reading and regular Bible study of our own.

Many of us don't like discipline because it takes work. The truth is there's no alternative if we are to live lives pleasing to God as good servants of Christ.


1

Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

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2

Crucified Life

Crucified Life

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3

You Are All One

You Are All One

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4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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5

Keep in Step

Keep in Step

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6

Weary

Weary

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7

For this Reason

For this Reason

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8

Making Payments

Making Payments

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9

Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

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10

Member

Member

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11

Forgive

Forgive

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12

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

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13

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

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14

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

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15

Perseverance

Perseverance

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16

Joy

Joy

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17

Potential

Potential

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18

Rooted

Rooted

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19

Make the Most

Make the Most

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20

Well-Seasoned

Well-Seasoned

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21

Packed with Purpose

Packed with Purpose

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22

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

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23

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

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24

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

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25

Training for Battle

Training for Battle

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26

Out of This World!

Out of This World!

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27

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

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28

Livin’ by the Good Book

Livin’ by the Good Book

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29

Soundness or Sickness?

Soundness or Sickness?

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30

Useless Without the Gospel

Useless Without the Gospel

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