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1 Timothy 6:11-16

Flee, follow, and fight

1         11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

a.       Paul is writing to Timothy about his behavior in a world of sin.

b.      Paul is saying, every person of God needs to pursue virtues that are right. Godly,full of faith, love.

c.       Paul said, these are the fruit of the Spirit filled person –gal 5:22

      (1 tim 6-11)But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7     For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8     But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9     People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10     For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

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d.      Sometime we must flee- those things that are trying to envelope us.

e.      From: v4,impurity, v5 discontented spirit. V 6-8, foolish last. V9, love of money.

2         12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

a.       The fight that the Christian has is not flesh and blood. Do not give up! It’s a good fight!!

b.      Lay hold of what you have. ( get a grip on it) It the gifts take hold of it. it is yours

c.       Can people see your Christian life flowing out of you

In 2 Tim. 2:22, Paul commands him to “Flee youthful lusts.” This is what Joseph did when Potiphar’s wife tempted him (Gen. 39). But it is not enough to flee. We must also follow, and we must also fight. Paul points to the wonderful example of Christ when He made His courageous witness before Pilate. “We serve the King of kings!” writes Paul. “Be faithful until He comes. When He comes, He will honor you for your good work.”[2]

d.      Our live should be a picture of Christ to the world.

3         13     In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you

a.       Jesus gave us the best example top follow- in the way he handled himself at his arrest 

b.      If you get tried look to Jesus example

1 corin 12:1     Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2     Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3]

c.       The race we run is not to be viewed has and easy trip. There will be times that it will cost everything. Let us run anyway. Do not live under the circumstances. We must live above them.

4         14     to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15     which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

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6         16     who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. [4]


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[1]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (1 Ti 6:6-11). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[2]Wiersbe, W. W. (1997, c1992). Wiersbe's expository outlines on the New Testament (636). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

[3]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Heb 12:1-2). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[4]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (1 Ti 6:11-16). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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