Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

The Enduring Word – What Stirs Us?

What stirs us???

What does it take to create in us the motivation, passion, excitement, desire, or fervor to be engaged, or act?

·         Sporting events?

·         Cancer diagnosis? Live like you’re going to die!

·         Taxes? Government overreach?

·         Job loss?

·         Death of a friend – to the soldier, loss of a friend in combat.

·         Reward?

Peter does not ask this question, but simply states that as long as he was in the flesh, he was going to stir Christians up!

2 Peter 1:12-15 3:1 Hope and Knowledge!

·         Both letters given to this purpose!

·         Speak to the purpose of a reminder – 3:17-18.

·         Who among us does not know that we have a - Like precious faith! Precious promises! Calling! Entrance to the Everlasting kingdom! Wow!

·         If that doesn’t stir you up; what is wrong? Vs. 9 shortsighted, even to blindness, and forgetful!

·         Peter says that we always need this reminder – Vs. 15! How? Importance of the Enduring Word! Read: Vs. 16-21

2 Timothy 1:3-7 What is our heritage?

·         Paul thought of Timothy as a son! 1 Corinthians 4:17 – My beloved and faithful son in the Lord; Philippians 2:19-22 – I have no one like-minded, that as a son with his father he has served with me; 1 Thessalonians 3:2 – Our brother and fellow minister of God, and a fellow laborer in the Gospel; 1 Timothy 1:2 – my true son in the faith.

·         Are we not family??? Are we reminding each other of our unfeigned faith, the gifts of God in us??? What does it take to stir us up???

Philippians 1:27-30 – Reminder; 2:5; 12-16

·         Conduct – Greek ‘Politeuo’, is almost the exact same word that is translated “Citizenship” in Chap. 3:20 (Greek. ‘Politeuma’). Both words are from the root ‘Polites’ and is used in the Middle Voice, signifying conduct characteristic of heavenly citizenship. Thus, Paul is saying let our manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.  

·         Only – This is an adjective (Any of a class of words used to modify a noun), “Your only citizenship must be lived out so that it becomes the Gospel!

·         Motivated – This is the reminder of Him who went before us to show us the way! Every week! Greatest enemy of the stirred up Christian – time!

·         Work out – How often does it take to be effective – 1 Timothy 4:8.