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Summary: There is a time to just close the book and and go to the next level.

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CLOSE THE BOOK

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr

Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

2 Tim. 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and

the time of my departure is at hand.

7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my

course, I have kept the faith.

I again ponder, how good God has been to this sinner saved by grace.

If I were God, I would not have picked me.

But He loved me anyway, which causes me to ponder a

chapter in 2 Tim. 4.

A beautiful chapter on closing the books.

I will bring out a couple of points.

2 Tim. 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and

the time of my departure is at hand.

7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my

course, I have kept the faith.

Paul did fight a good fight, but his residence and assignments were never perfect. He knew when to close the book.

He left a Christian companion in what was apparent strife, but he still pens the words: I have fought a good fight. Paul learned to close the book.

Sometimes we and or our work may appear to be absolute failures.

But we must close the book.

Carrying guilt or looking to blame others

will not build better churches or better people.

Regret can kill.

Paul as Saul was mean and cruel, but he had to close the book on that chapter of his life.

Paul had trouble being accepted by the church, when he was a new saint, because they remembered his past. But Paul had to close the book and go on.

Paul never allowed his beatings to breed bitterness, he closed the book.

When suggestions came in Acts 27 for Paul not to be included in a lifeboat, and they were just going to let him drown, he had to close the book to this chapter.

Paul was wrong about Mark.

He allowed this to separate him from a dear brother.

Paul remembered Mark’s past failures.

But it was God’s plan that Mark and Barnabas

go a different direction from Paul.

What appeared to be strife was a deeper move

of God to get 2 great men to travel in different

directions and thus cover more ground.

But Paul had to close the book about

the differences over Mark.

As Paul pens these words that I have fought a good fight, Paul realizes that he would have done many things different in his life.

Paul perhaps was not as close in the association of fellow-believers in Jerusalem as he should have been, but Paul had to close the book and go on.

In 2 Tim. 4:9 -15, Paul introduces us to 4 people. these four people are types. We have to learn the types of people and GO ON!

Paul shows this truth about doing what you can and then going on.

1. DEMUS

Demus has forsaken me, vs. 10.

Demus’s fall hurt Paul, but he had to go on.

2. ALEXANDER

Alexander the Coppersmith did Paul much evil,

but Paul had to close the book and go on.

3.LUKE

Luke the persistent, close the book with joy.

4.MARK

Mark the up and down, but back up.

But close the book, don’t keep remembering the

past.

Don’t plan on winning every time that you play.

God’s people must learn how to fight a good fight and then close the book.

There are loss columns, as well as gain columns in the book of life.

We must discipline ourselves to not dwell in the

loss column or in the gain column.


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