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The first thing we must realize is that, although we may be saved, training is not a requirement; it’s an option. In 1Timothy 4:6, Paul used an interesting phrase to advise Timothy on how to minister to the people of God. He said if Timothy put the brethren “in remembrance of these things,” he would be a good minister. Paul was a veteran training for the olympicsSPIRITUAL LEADER, speaking to a spiritual son. He told Timothy that as a leader and pastor of God’s people at Ephesus, there were several things he must do.

First, he was to keep the brethren in remembrances of godly behavior. Paul did not tell Timothy to order God’s people to be godly, but instead to bring the things they needed for godliness to their remembrance. The phrase put in remembrance means “to lay or spread before someone.” It does not suggest a forceful command, but an exhortation, counsel, or advice. It lies somewhere between a warning and a suggestion. Paul wanted Timothy to keep his flock reminded of what they were already supposed to be, to keep their goal before them, and to encourage them in their walk with Christ. If the focus and spotlight could be kept on what they knew about God, they would be motivated to godliness. Timothy was charged to persuade, rather than command.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this short lesson; keep your focus on Jesus, train the whole person, make training a daily habit, one that you become addicted to. Stick with it, and never give up and never give in, because your goal is to win the battle over the devil who is waiting to take you down into the pits of hell. Jesus is waiting to lift you up and take you into the Kingdom of God with Him.

“Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.

If you have not experienced the life saving blood of Jesus Christ, stop and take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May God bless you abundantly as you move into and begin to experience and enjoy your new life training for your heavenly crown. Now remember this, YOUR OPTION IS TO TRAIN FOR YOUR GOLD METAL OF ETERNITY,

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