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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Read: 2 Timothy 1:7
Listen: 2 Timothy 1

Timothy journeys with Paul and witnesses much of the hardship Paul faces in ministry. Timothy also begins to face hardship and resistance in his ministry. As a young pastor, Timothy is likely experiencing feelings of inadequacy and timidity. Like many others who step into roles of service or leadership, Timothy potentially questions his ability for the work God has given him.

The Bible provides many examples of God’s people feeling uncertain or unconfident about their God-given abilities or tasks. Moses questions God after being called to lead Israel: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11). When we step into spiritual service or leadership, we may feel inadequate, fearful or weak at times as well. We, too, may wonder, “Who am I to lead these people?” Scripture reveals it’s not about our ability, knowledge or wisdom. Instead, God’s power accomplishes his work through the lives of finite and often fickle servants. He uses imperfect but willing (and growing) people to achieve great work in the lives of others.

TODAY: One of the ways God grows us in confidence in him and his calling on our lives is through intentional study. Join us for Sharing Your Faith with Confidence or Bedrock of Belief. These three-week classes start April 25 and will equip and encourage you to grow in your faith and live out your God-given purpose. Learn more and register at www.adabible.org/ada-bible-academy/.


Read Exodus 21-22. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.