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A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of October 3-9, 2022: “Guard the Good Deposit”… 2 Timothy 1:13-14.

There are many things that are so valuable to us that we will “spare no expense” to guard and protect them. Here, we might make use of a safety deposit box, a home security system, or even online protection. But is there something beyond our material possessions that we are called to defend?

Paul speaks of this to Timothy when he calls his young pastor friend to, “Follow the pattern of sound words that you have heard from me” and to “guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” This would be what Jesus said when He commanded us, in Matthew 28:20, to go about “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” The “good deposit” is the entire body of Christian teaching that we find in the totality of Holy Scripture—nothing more and nothing less. John 20:31 tells us, “These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.”

This corpus doctrinae—that is, body of doctrine—we are called to guard and protect against much opposition. First, we defend it against the attacks of that “roaring lion” who is Satan who would say to us, as he once did to the first people, “Did God really say …” (Genesis 3:1). Then, we must also face the attacks of the world around us which believes that people are capable of saving themselves—whether with Christ or apart from Him.

But unlike in the case of what we might guard and protect in our homes or online, we must guard and protect the good deposit of faith against our own unbelief which continually comes against us (Mark 9:24). Thankfully, we are not left here to our own devices as Paul tells us that, “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit of faith entrusted to you.” It is this faith that is most valuable to us. It is this faith that the Father in heaven spared no expense to bring to us “through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel …” 2 Timothy 1:10.

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Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths

The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)

The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)

The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)

The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)

The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)

The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)

The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)

The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)

The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)

The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)

The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)