TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, August 28, 2020:
A special favor, mercy or benefit; a gift bestowed by God; the invoking of God’s favor upon a person.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the past, we have discussed the word “Family” and the importance of honoring God together as a family. As we look back at scripture to the 12th chapter of Genesis we read about Abraham, a man who honored God. God promised Abraham because he honored God that in his seed, through him, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
The blessing that God promised in His words to Abraham extends to those of us that put our Lord first place in our lives. God will bless us when we honor Him and let Him control our lives. “For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous” Psalm 5:12. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” Jeremiah 17:7.
The Apostle Paul had a father son relationship with Timothy. Paul was in a Roman prison when he wrote II Timothy. He was writing a young man whom he was mentoring and he wanted to be a blessing to him. Although Paul was never married and had no children, he recognized the importance of a father’s role in the spiritual growth of a child of God.
Timothy came from a deeply spiritual family heritage. Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and his mother Eunice were Jewish believers and taught him the scriptures and they were involved in the leadership of their church in Lystra. This is where Timothy met Paul and began his spiritual training with Paul.
Paul’s encouragement, Godly instruction, and careful counsel helped prepare Timothy for a leadership role in the church. Timothy is a prime example of one who was blessed with a God honoring family and a spiritual father in Paul.
From the time that Paul met Timothy in the church at Lystra he was a blessing to Timothy just as we need to be a blessing to those believers that are associated around us daily. It begins with our spouses, children and family. Are you a daily blessing to them? If not make it a reality beginning today.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 20:21.
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Thank You for the many blessings that You have bestowed upon me and my family. Thank You for Your Word and the blessing it is to us daily. Give me a greater burden to be a blessing to those who need encouragement in their faith.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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