Commanding Teacher of His Word

Rod Shimabukuro


Command and teach these things. 1 Timothy 4:11 ESV


I don’t think I’ve ever journaled on this verse. I’ve used it in part of sermons, but not making the specific and direct point... Command and teach these things.

What things is Paul talking about?

Looking at the previous verses...[6] ...being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. [7] Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; ...[10] ...because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:6-7,10.Paul includes good doctrine, trained in the words of faith, setting our hope in God.

In a few verses following, Paul writes...[13] Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. [14] Do not neglect the gift you have, ... [15] Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. [16] Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching... 1 Timothy 4:13-16

What the church needs now... is the commands and teachings of good, healthy words of faith and doctrine.


I want to live differently by training myself for godly living. I need to continue setting my hope on Jesus while keeping a close watch on my heart, life and teaching. Imagine that... keeping a close watch on my heart and teaching! The ability to self evaluate and correct by the Spirt’s conviction is a gift. This is what I deeply desire - that I may be a spiritual leader, pastor and teacher of His Word who commands and teaches His Word with authority and confidence.


Only by You, through You, in You, from You...can I be a servant of Your Most Holy and Living Word! Dear Spirit of God - Please, Please help me, convict me, teach me...Your ways, Your heart, Your words of truth - that I may teach and command these truths of Your Kingdom! I desire to be a commanding teacher of Your Word, filled with and anointed by Your Spirit!

Devotions for June 22

2 Kings 8,9
2 Chronicles 21
1 Timothy 4

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