Six Watchwords For All Christians

By: T.R. Kelley

Bible Lesson: Six Watchwords For All Christians

Bible Reading: I Timothy 6:11-19

Note: As Christians, we should constantly guard against any tricks the devil may try to play on us. He is forever looking for and trying new ways to trip us up.

– In I Timothy 6 Paul warns Timothy about some of the devils methods. We should also take note of the six watchwords for Christianity.

1. Flee – (VERSE 11) – “But thou, O man of God, flee these things….”

WHAT THINGS?

a. Pride – (v.4) – “He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words….”

Notice: Pride leads to envy, strife, railings (uncharitableness), evil surmisings, wasteful disputes of carnal minds, and spiritual destitution.

*** These proud “Christians” believe gain is godliness!

NOTE V.6: “Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain.”

b. Greed – (v.10) – For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

NOTICE: Greed will lead you into temptation and a snare, and into many hurtful and foolish lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition (see v.9).

** Destruction = Now ** Perdition = Eternity

Note: The love of money (GREED) will cause you to err from the faith, giving you many sorrows and problems.

– We should flee these things. And remember – this is an honorable flight!

2. FOLLOW -(VERSE 11) – “Follow after….”

a. Righteousness – The character or quality of being right or just.

NOTE: It was formally spelled “RIGHTWISENESS,” which is consistent with the righteous attributes of God.

b. Godliness – To be devout; to do that which is well pleasing to God.

c. Faith – Conviction.

d. Love – Spiritual love, (see I John 4:16). “”God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

e. Patience – Endurance (of trials of life; trials of faith; under chastisement; under undeserved affliction; in well-doing; etc.).

f. Meekness – Humbleness.

– We are to follow after these things.

Remember – This Is A Glorious Pursuit!

3. Fight – (VERSE 12) – “Fight the GOOD fight of faith….”

a. Fight – To lead; A contest or conflict, (as in Olympics – a contest of
athletes).

Note: This is a SPIRITUAL CONFLICT – against SPIRITUAL foes.

Pastoral Note: Since FAITH means conviction or convictions, we must fight the good fight of CONVICTIONS, (and not preferences!).

***** EVERY SAINT OF GOD NEEDS SOME CONVICTIONS – PRAY FOR THEM! *****

REMEMBER – THIS IS A PERPETUAL CONFLICT!

4. LAY HOLD – (V. 12,19) – “Lay hold on eternal life….”

a. Lay hold – To seize and twist the neck

*** The term “Lay hold” was used of wrestlers, in the sense of grasping by the throat.

NOTE: We must grab on and hold on to eternal life. Grab on, seize it, and hold on to it in such a way it could never escape!

REMEMBER – ETERNAL LIFE IS A TREASURE TO GRASP!

5. KEEP – (VERSES 13-16,20) – “Keep this commandment…and that which is committed to thy trust….”

a. Keep – To observe; to give heed to.

1. This commandment.

2. That which is committed to thy trust.

We are to keep it safe; guard it; watch it; observe and give heed to DO it until Jesus comes again!

REMEMBER – IT IS A TREASURE TO GUARD!

6. CHARGE – (VERSES 17-19) – “Charge them that are rich….”

a. Charge – To announce; a verbal warning.

THIS IS THE WARNING TO GIVE TO THE RICH AND EVERYONE ELSE:

– Do not be proud or high-minded.

– Do not trust in uncertain riches.

– Trust in the living God.

– Do good.

– Be rich in good works.

– Be ready to give, and willing to communicate.

LAY-UP A HEAVENLY SAVINGS ACCOUNT!

NOTE: As Christians, if we adhere to the wise sayings of God’s Word, we will be partakers in His kingdom.

***** REMEMBER THESE SIX WATCHWORDS. *****

1. FLEE – AN HONORABLE FLIGHT!

2. FOLLOW – A GLORIOUS PURSUIT!

3. FIGHT – A PERPETUAL CONFLICT!

4. LAY HOLD – A TREASURE TO GRASP!

5. KEEP – A TREASURE TO GUARD!

6. CHARGE – A WARNING TO GIVE!

— THESE ARE THE SIX WATCHWORDS FOR ALL CHRISTIANITY! —

(The above material was published by Calvary Tabernacle.)

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