Stay A Little Longer
As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, — 1 Timothy 1:3
So today, the word "urged" does have a special emphasis for Paul. Timothy, his younger protege, was sometimes known for being a little "timid". And Paul knew he would not be able to get to Ephesus, so he urged Timothy to stay because Ephesus is a crucial city for expanding the Gospel. But this meant that Timothy would have to lean into some hard work.
I don't know about you, but there are times in my life when I have not wanted to do some challenging things that might involve conflict. I'm not a guy who enjoys confrontation, but by dealing with disputes and remaining in them, I have learned some tactics for moving through them. But a few times in my life, I wished I would have leaned into the conflict a little more and tried harder before bailing.
I think that's what Paul is doing here. Paul is a master at handling conflict. In the New Testament, you will not find a man with thicker skin and more resolve when it comes to conflict. He was beaten, stoned, rejected, condemned, and imprisoned for his faith. But he was also very well educated and a master at public debate. Timothy was very different. He was raised by his mother, not as well educated, fairly new to his faith, and he was young — very young. He was much younger, less educated, and less known than many of the people he would be confronting in the church in Ephesus.
And still, Paul pushes him to lean into this opportunity, do the hard thing, and "remain at Ephesus."
I think sometimes we need a little push in our spiritual life. We need someone to say, "remain a little longer." So today, that's my word to you. I want to challenge you to "remain." Stay in the fight for your marriage a little longer. Battle it out one more day with that repetitive sin. Keep sharing your faith with a disobedient or wayward child. Keep believing that God will save that friend, relative, and neighbor. And don't give up just yet. You might discover there is something God wants to do for you in the "remaining" that you'll only learn by doing the hard thing one more day.
ASK THIS: What is the hard thing you need to do one more day?
DO THIS: Share that below and let's pray about it.
PRAY THIS: God, give me the strength to do the hard thing I don't feel like doing today.
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Finally got my 1 Timothy journal at the men’s retreat last weekend. Met a LOT of great men there who helped me see things that need to change in my life from conviction, NOT condemnation. Thoroughly enjoyed serving all these men by being on the work crew and washing dishes. Had two meaningful, vulnerable conversations after 2 of the sessions, wasn’t able to participate in them all because of work crew duties, but I did learn from the 3/4 I was able to attend and glad I went solo. EVERY man I met there was new to me and pushed me out of my comfort zone by talking to and making connections with complete strangers. I restarted the 1Timothy Devos just this morning and am journaling them from the start now and will catch up by end of day today.
The one thing I need to keep doing for one more day, for the rest of my parenting life, is to keep sharing my faith with my kids, who don’t seem fully interested.
Help me just to relinquish control to you Father and trust you fully in taking care of me. Amen
I believe with my whole being that Father God is in control of my life and he only wants the best for me. I will continue to wait for a relationship that he has chosen for me. I pray that he will continue to mold me into the man and leader he wants me to be, to be worthy of that relationship. And that it will be crystal clear to me when to pursue a new relationship. Thank you for your continued prayers.
I must learn how I am to act or rather react to my spouse the way God wants me to react. I need prayer in this area. Thank you.
Invite my dad and other non-Christians that are in my sphere of influence to the Franklin Graham “God Loves You” Tour in Waukesha, WI on Saturday.
Keep a positive attitude and encouraging behavior toward others as I journey thru stage 4 pancreatic cancer and an unproven clinical trial with a whole new set of challenging side effects. Want to do the hard thing one more day today.
I will be praying for you for healing, and God’s peace and comfort.
Keep up the fight brother and watch God continue to provide for you in His very personal and special ways! I’ll be praying for your daily strength, peace and abilities to keep your witness and power from the Lord as well!
Need to identify a church for me and my family. long story but my church has stayed virtual and most leaders and Pastor have left leaving leaders to hold on by a string to run everything virtually since they don’t have a place for Church and other ministries since April 2020 and our church space building was up sale. My 11 yo grandson told me no more virtual children’s ministry and would prefer live in person. Broke my heart, so now I have to find a church for my ministry, my family. I’m praying that God directs me.
Initiate conversations with my 26 year old stepdaughter Danielle who lives with us.
I should remain in church leadership even though its been difficult lately.
I am finding that leaders are under very heavy attack by the enemy, myself included. We must stand steadfast in our faith and follow God’s commands. If by prayer, you find God telling you to step down, then so be it. God’s will. But don’t let man or even conflict push you out.
my grandson who lives with me…God give me the strength to keep going..
Remain in the battle for my marriage 💪🏻❤️🙏🏻
Praying for you my friend
My Dear Brother,
The enemy is hard at work. I have been struggling as well with issues in my marriage and so many men I know are fighting. The battle is getting fierce because Satan knows he is losing. Stand strong Chad. It is a hard fight yes but we cannot let the enemy win. I will be praying for you. Let’s commit to praying for each other. Love ya Brother.
just waiting on God, and not acting on my own.
Everyone has heard you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At 64 I’m being asked to learn new skills at work. Customer facing skills. Although retirement is an option, I am going to persevere through this season of life, learn some new tricks and see this through. I pray that God blesses me with patience and my customers with understanding!
Fight repetitive sin
Vince’s program on defeating repetitive sin was a life saver for me. Try it. Hang in there.
I need to remain in the fight to train up 2 more kids in the way they should go. Our world today does not make that an easy task. It is so tempting for me to say “I am just the “step dad” and bow out. Let so.eone else deal with them. But I am afraid that is not what I am supposed to do. So thank you for the urge to remain in this, my fight.
I am a sex addict been clean only a few days. I need to remain sober today. One day at a time.
Temptation is temptation. Good on you for shining light on yours where it is more easily kept in check. I pray that you find the strength to overcome and resist it. Phillipians 4:13. I pray you find peace. John 16:33. And I pray you feel real joy in your efforts and walk. John 15:11.
Mike, brother you’re in my prayers. One day at a time, sometimes it’s one minute, one hour at a time. God delivered me from an addiction to porn and sexual immorality – and HE can do the same thing for you. If you don’t have an accountability partner, a brother to talk with and be encouraged by – find one, find that mentor or Timothy that Vince mentioned yesterday. I assure you – God is with you as he was me in this. Reach out if you’d like to talk more I’ll gladly share in your recovery from this addiction. Hold on to 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. And with that temptation HE will provide a way out so that you can endure it. I’ll pray for you daily brother!
As shared with Will, Vince’s series on defeating repetitive sin saved me in a similar situation. Broke the chains that bound me. Pray you can find the same freedom.
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