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July 20, 2016
July 20, 2016, 9:19 AM
“Holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”  I Timothy 1:19
     Most of us have no idea what it would be like to be shipwrecked.  It may be on a deserted island with no contact with family, friends or any other person.  It could be among a group of barbaric people who would try every way to kill you.  It could be among a group of people who despised Christians and sought every way they could to continually persecute you.  Regardless of the place you eventually end up, being shipwrecked would cause a sense of uncertainty, confusion and even fear.  Paul knew very well what it meant to be physically shipwrecked.  However, he also warned Timothy about people who become shipwrecked in their faith.
     In the passage above, Paul helped Timothy (and us) understand that without very careful attention, we can easily become distracted and shipwrecked in the faith.  There are far too many Christians whose lives could be described that way.  They are not lost but their lives have become filled with uncertainty and confusion.  The Bible clearly tells us
(I Corinthians 14:33) that “God is not the author of confusion but of peace”.  The enemy's constant desire is to draw us away from the things of God because his desire is constant confusion and disorder even among God's people.  Lack of Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other believers puts us on a course to be shipwrecked.  God has a very real purpose for your life which leads to joy and fulfillment.
     Do you feel as though your life and faith have become shipwrecked?  Do you really feel close to God?  Have you made poor choices resulting in a life filled with uncertainty and confusion?  The natural tendency of the world's way is to draw us into that feeling of confusion.  There are many who live that way, but God desires to help you receive or regain meaning and purpose in your life.  The Bible tells us that Jesus came that we may have a full and meaningful life.  Repentance is the key!  Recognize your situation and the enemy's plan to shipwreck your life.  Recognize that God is waiting for you to come (or return to) the point of sincere fellowship with Him.  Then, confess and allow God full access and control of your life.  We all face difficult times but always know that wherever you are or wherever you have been, God is still there to bring peace, joy and contentment.  Always remember that He loves you and desires the best for you!  We love you too!
                                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia