November 1

     II Kings14
     II Timothy4
            ''If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather to godliness." (II Timothy 4 :6-7)
            Paul has written to young Timothy with profound tenderness. He calls him his beloved son. It is a warm and personal letter. It has much in common with I Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. The most probable date is the spring of A.D. 68. Nero killed himself in earlyJune in that year, and Paul was surely put to death before that date. In my visits to Rome, to the catacombs, and to the Momertine Prison where Paul was incarcerated, I was brought face to face with the history of the price the early Christians paid. Paul was certainly no exception, having given his life for the Gospel.
            As he neared the end of his life's journey, Paul instructs Timothy how to carry on the work of God after the apostle's death. The emphasis is on the great apostasy and the social corruption, which will exist, in the latter days of the church. In this, Paul 's last epistle, there is a mellow wisdom and sereneness, a purpose, in the profound triumph of Paul's spirit over all opposition. Confident in the blessed hope of the Lord's return, and his own reward, he exhorts and instructs the young pastor to be a good soldier, as faithful as Christ was, and as Paul has been.
            Paul says he has been poured out as a drink offering. The very moment the drink offering hit the sacrificial fire, it was consumed. Paul wants us to know that his life was consumed by the cause of the Gospel. Are you ready to be poured out in such a way? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. You must tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God might send your way.
            God sends you through a crisis in private where no other person can help you. It is there that you can deal with the matter of your will. If you don't deal with God on the level of your will first, the result will be only to arouse sympathy for yourself.
            The believer must be willing to be placed on the altar, and go through the fire; willing to experience what the altar
represents - burning, purification , and separationfor only one purpose - the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed toward God.
            ''God is the Lord, and He has given us light; bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar." (Psalms 118:27) You must remember now that you don't eliminate the desires - God does. You bind the sacrificeto the horns of the altar. God will take care of the fire, and make sure that you are not given more than you are able to bear. Be careful, however, that youdo not wallow in self-pity once the fire begins. After you have gone through the fire, there will be nothing that will be able to trouble or depress you. When another crisis arises, you will realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do. What fire lies ahead in your life?
            Tell God today you are ready to be poured out as an offering, and God will prove Himself to be all that you ever dreamed He would be.
As you pray for Maritime Ministry, remember that two of the major ministries have been Operation Mobilization and Youth With A Mission's ''Mercy Ships'' that have taken medical ministry to places where it is desperately needed and used it as an avenue of sharing the Gospel with those people. Remember also that thousands of isolated island communities scattered over the vastness of the Pacific need encouragement, renewal in lifeless churches, and new vision.God is raising up a number of boat ministries to do this. Pray for them today.
''Be careful for nothing; be prayerful for everything; be thankful for anything."    D. L. Moody