SERIES – Activating the Champion in You
2 Timothy 1:16-18 NIV
16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
2 Timothy 1:15 NIV – You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
We get discouraged when something happens that interrupts us from accomplishing what we really need to get done.
- The Persistence of Onesiphorus
2 Timothy 1:8, 11-12, 14 NIV – 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Proverbs 17:17 NLT – A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Put your focus on those who befriended you not those who betrayed you.
Galatian 6:9 NIV – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Faithful people are persistent people.
- The Prayer for Onesiphorus
Prayer is your intercom for inner calm.
Psalm 46:10 NIV – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
- Who has been Onesiphorus in your life?
- Who have you been an Onesiphorus for in your life?
Why we need to be like Onesiphorus
- The world needs encouragers
- To encourage others is the best use of your life
Hebrews 11:5 NIV – By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
- You are never more like Jesus when you are an encourager
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
2 Timothy 1:18 NIV – May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
2 Timothy 4:19 NIV – Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus.
Luke 19:10 NIV – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.