Preach the Word


“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”

2 Timothy 4:2 NLT


“Preach the Word”… fewer words can terrify me more than these… it always puts in mind the picture of standing in front of a crowd and having to speak. This is not in my comfort zone at all! The one time I was asked to get up in front of a large group to talk, I could barely speak clearly. I couldn’t remember what I had said and needed a shower after sweating so much! I will always have great respect for those who can speak to large groups.

I love this version from The Message:

“He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2

Now I know….

I can keep on watch for those who need the message of God’s love by showing kindness, sharing smiles, hugs, and tears with those who are hurting.

I can challenge people to trust God’s Word because it never fails.

I can warn people when they are searching for love or acceptance outside of God’s will.

I can encourage people as they grow in their relationship with God. 

I can choose to never quit on people, to keep loving them with the love of Jesus.

I can “keep it simple,” (my forte)!


Prayer:  Dearest Heavenly Father, keep me close to Your heart and continually fill me with Your light. Keep my eyes and heart open to know when I can share Your amazing love with anyone you place in my path, in any way You plan. Amen

2 thoughts on “Preach the Word

  1. Oh Marlene, you nailed it for sure. This is such a timely message when we will be gathering with our friends, families and loved ones, some of whom are not walking with the Lord. I love all your “I Can” messages and I especially appreciate your sweet prayer to share with anyone in our path , anyway God plans. Keep it simple.
    Blessings, Susan

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