Take Heed unto Thyself

Take Heed unto Thyself - 1 Timothy 4:16

INTRODUCTION

Timothy was a godly young man who loved the Lord. He was raised by a godly grandmother and mother who taught him the word of God (2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15). In 1 Timothy 4, we find Paul warning him about the dangers of the last days. He warns him about doctrines of devils and fables that would arise. He also warns him to make sure to stay in the word of God. In the midst of these warnings about evils coming from without, Paul reminds Timothy to “take heed unto thyself.” In other words, Paul is warning Timothy to diligently take care of his own Christian walk. We see similar thoughts in Deuteronomy 4:9 where Israel is told to “keep thy soul diligently” and in Proverbs 4:23 where we read, “keep thy heart with all diligence.” The word keep can mean to guard. The idea is that we are to carefully guard our heart and soul from the wicked things of this world.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

  • (For smaller children) Psalm 119:11 tells us how we can keep from doing wrong. Are you learning more Bible verses and Bible stories to help you live for God?
  • Are you keeping your heart and soul? Are you daily seeking to fill your mind and heart with the words of God? Are you daily praying for strength to resist Satan and his attacks?
  • Do you find that you worry about the condition of others? Do you find that you often compare yourself with others? Are you doing this to the detriment of your own condition?

PRAYER NEEDS

  • Ask God to show you the condition of your heart. Ask Him to help you see the diligence with which you are keeping it.
  • Pray that the Lord will give you the wisdom to know when you are being attacked by the wickedness of this world.

HYMN

More Love to Thee


Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:22

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.