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<< Friday, January 26, 2001 >> Sts. Timothy & Titus
 
Hebrews 10:32-39 or
2 Timothy 1:1-8 or
Titus 1:1-5

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Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40 Mark 4:26-34
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UNINTIMIDATED

 
"Do not, then, surrender your confidence; it will have great reward." —Hebrews 10:35
 

By His death and resurrection, Jesus has won the total, irreversible, and final victory over evil. He is seated forever in heaven at the right hand of the Father (Heb 10:12). "At present we do not see all things thus subject, but we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor" (Heb 2:8-9). What appears to us a continuing and undecided war is actually the aftermath of a finished, victorious war. Jesus is merely mopping up and placing His enemies beneath His feet (Heb 10:13).

Satan tries to rob us of our share in this final victory by deceiving us and especially intimidating us. He publicly exposes us "to insult and trial" (Heb 10:33). He hurts those that we love (see Heb 10:34). This is often worse than going through the suffering ourselves. He may even confiscate our material possessions (Heb 10:34). All of these intimidations are for the purpose of getting us to surrender our confidence in the Lord, His promises, and His victory (Heb 10:35).

Refuse to give in. "For, just a brief moment, and He Who is to come will come; He will not delay" (Heb 10:37). "We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and live" (Heb 10:39).

 
Prayer: Father, stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit in my life so that I will not be cowardly (2 Tm 1:6-7).
Promise: "Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart's requests." —Ps 37:4
Praise: St. Titus encouraged and enabled the ministry of others, including that of St. Paul (see 2 Cor 7:6-7; 2 Cor 2:13).
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, July 15, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 17, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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