As I read through 2 Timothy 1:6-10 and bring it home to life today, I'm reminded that even the strongest men in the Bible struggled, but they struggled with purpose.
I've seen so many of my friends come and go in the Lord. They go for many reasons, doubt, tribulations, hurts, but mostly because they don't get their own way. I'm not pointing fingers, I'm speaking from experience. You have to decide what is important in life, because through my own experience, the moment you set your sights on Christ, the opposition comes. It comes from family, friends, other Christians, and nonbelievers alike. It's like it becomes a battle and you are continually struggling to keep that flame alive.
Everyone wants to decide the way of life, interpret it, change it, present it. Really friends, all you have to do is pull up your big boy/girl britches and live it!
We need to lock arms, to pray for God's will, we have to be strong in the Lord, not in ourselves, we have to unwavering, even at the point of being unpopular. We need to hold each other up, we need to walk it out.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.