“The Lord Stood With Me”

Text: 2 Timothy 4:16-18

As Paul tells of his experience in making a defense of the truth, he warns Timothy (and us) what to be prepared for and to keep his trust in the Lord.

“At My First Defense”

  • Denoting this as the “first” defense implies that there were others
  • Our stand for the truth must be ongoing – always be ready (1 Peter 3:15)

“No One Supported Me, But All Deserted Me”

  • When we stand for the truth, we may need to stand alone
  • We must be willing to do this (Matthew 26:33)

“May It Not Be Counted Against Them”

  • Be willing to forgive (Luke 17:3-4)
  • Do not bear a grudge (2 Corinthians 2:6-8)

“But the Lord Stood With Me and Strengthened Me”

  • He will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6)
  • We gain strength through Him (Philippians 4:13)

“The Lord Will Rescue Me From Every Evil Deed, and Will Bring Me Safely to His Heavenly Kingdom”

  • He knows how to rescue us (2 Peter 2:9)
  • Remember that the goal is heaven – even if we must die, He will save us (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

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