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A Word from Troy.....

A Word from Troy… And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Mt 28:18-20) God is so good and gracious to call us into service for Him. At times this can seem to be an overwhelming task, but He promised to be with us always. The Apostle Paul warns in (Eph 5:15-16) "Therefore be careful how you walk (live), not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time (opportunities), because the days are evil." We must maintain a proper balance in our lives. When our minds and hearts get out of balance we stumble and fall. Early in my ministry one of my mentors shared how he stayed balanced in his spiritual walk. I want to share it with you as well. He said every Christian need three kinds of people in their lives.

1) A Paul: A Paul is an older Christian who has walked with Jesus for a long time. They can help you mature in Christ and hold you accountable. (1Cor 11:1) "Imitate my example, as I follow the example of Christ."

2) A Barnabas: A Barnabas is someone who will give you godly encouragement. (Acts 4:36) "for instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus."

3) A Timothy: A Timothy is a younger Believer who needs to be mentored and taught to walk closely with Christ. Timothy had come a long way since receiving Christ as Savior but like all of us he had a lot to learn. The Apostle Paul realized the importance of mentoring Timothy and helping him grow even stronger in his faith. We understand from Scripture that Paul helped to disciple Timothy.

This wisdom shared with me many years ago has helped me stay balanced. If we are not careful, as Paul said, we can get stuck in different seasons of our life. Find someone who can help you grow stronger in your faith. Find someone who can be a source of encouragement to you. And find someone who you can mentor and disciple.

God Bless! Bro. Troy



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