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“HOLDING faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck,” 1 Timothy 1:18. Reader, I humbly bring you greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, at such a time as this.

For one reason or another I have not published these short articles for quite some time; for which thing I personally apologise profusely to you if you have been following this page.

This being a ‘Comments & Analysis’ page, before setting out to write this article, I have had to look around me and the country, asking God in my heart what He would like us to know at such a time as this. And it was during that spiritual search that the above scripture started talking to me.

For much has happened in the Kingdom of Eswatini between the last article and this one; elections have come and gone; many pupils have yielded to suicide; some court cases have continued to stall; the rich have become richer and the poor have become  poorer; the good, the bad and the ugly as people say.
But one event stands out and deserves singular mention indeed; being the appointment by His Majesty the King of his excellency the new prime minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

We do heartily glorify the Almighty God of Heaven, thank His Majesty the King and congratulate his excellency the prime minister for this most deserving appointment. We indeed cannot find fitting words of welcome to his excellency; to us his appointment as a Christian is an answer to many prayers, a benefit and an asset to the kingdom and an acknowledgment of the Kingdom of God.

Reader, the above scripture I share with you today comes from the first personal letter written by Apostle Paul to his close associate in the gospel: young Timothy.

The aforementioned verse comes from that passage of the letter which Paul opens by saying; “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophesies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.” Apparently, before his appointment into the leadership of the church, prophesies had been made over young Timothy’s life.

And Paul was charging Timothy to use those prophesies (the words that God had spoken through His servants the prophets to Timothy) as the source of strength for his leadership position. Paul wanted Timothy not to forget God in his leadership of the church; not to forget the Word of God; to have a reverence and a fear of God in leadership.

Paul then made the more telling charge, that the young leader should at all times be ‘holding faith, and a good conscience’ in his leadership position. He continues to say; “Some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” Paul goes as far as naming those who made shipwreck; Hymenaeus and Alexander; and says; “Whom I have delivered unto satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme,” verse 20. A serious charge indeed!

Reader this Word of God speaks for itself to all of us, especially those who have been elevated to positions of leadership. And let us meet next week on this very page as we continue on this subject of ‘holding faith and a good conscience’. Do please meditate on this scripture and have a blessed weekend in the name of Jesus Christ. I am Reverend David Mathse of The Family of God Church International, Matsapha, Eswatini.

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