Titus 2:11-12 Are You Learning To Say “No”?

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, Titus 2:11-12

Passion is something that drives people to do many different things, both good and bad. It is often what pushes a person to excel in some area of his life.

The world very rarely has any boundaries as to what one can be passionate about and all self-control is abandoned. Focus is placed on self-pleasure and success, with no regards towards others, God or eternity.

Paul reminds Titus that the grace of God came to provide salvation for everyone. This grace teaches them to say “no” to anything that is sinful and against God. It also teaches to be self-controlled and to live a godly life.

Millions of people love the idea of God’s grace to provide salvation for them. They have believed it and chosen to believe in Jesus and be saved.

However, many leave that grace right there at salvation and never move on with God, being changed. They continue to live in sinful ways, fulfilling worldly passions, by watching, listening to, speaking and participating in sinful acts against God and His word. Some churches have even allowed the promotion of ungodliness and worldly passions to be in their church as acceptable to God.

God never intended to save a person only so he can stay in his old sinful ways, fulfilling worldly pleasures. Sin was removed, so that the believer can live a holy life as God had intended it to be. His grace shows a person how to live a self-controlled life that is holy unto Him.

Living a holy life is for today, not for some time in the future in heaven.

Jesus has already done the work of removing sin from your life and opening the door to a relationship with God. This work was done by the grace of God and His love for you. He now expects you to learn from that grace how to live this new life that you have been given.

Instead of holding on to your old worldly and sinful passions, be willing to give them up for what God has for you. Learn to say “No” when temptation comes your way to live as the world does or to go back to sinful passions.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will learn from God’s grace on how to live your life; that God will strengthen you to say “No” to worldly passions; and that you will live a holy and upright life before God and this world.

2 Timothy 1:9 Saved To Live A Holy Life

He has saved us and called us to life a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9

People all over the world are searching for a purpose for their lives. They want to know why they are living when and where they are.

Most believe that their lives are for their own pleasures, to eat, drink and be merry. Very few believe that there is any higher standards to live by and don’t want to be told that there are any limitations.

As Paul is reminding Timothy of the calling he has received, he also tells him that God saved them to live a holy life for His purpose and grace, not because of anything that they had done.

Often salvation is seen as a ‘one-way-ticket’ out of hell. It is just a way to get into heaven and live for ever. While these things do occur, salvation is much more.

Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that sin and guilt could be removed, so that people could have a close relationship with God again and not be bond up in sin and death. With sin in one’s life, it breaks the relationship with God, who cannot be around sin.

The salvation Jesus provides does not just remove sin so that the person can go back into sin, but so that the believer may live a holy life without sin.

From Genesis to Revelation, God calls all His people to live a holy life as He is holy. This means that one is to reject sin and flee from it with the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, not stay in sin as many have done in the church.

God loves you and wants you to be saved from sin and death. If you have already chosen to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, do not go back to those sins or any other sin.

Choose today to live the holy life God has called you to live. Live your life as Jesus lived His, holy and perfect. You will not be able to do this on your own, but by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit all things are possible.

God would not call you to do something He will not give you the ability to do with His help.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God has called you to live; that you will live holy as Jesus lived; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that God will strengthen you to leave the life of any and all sin.

Colossians 4:6 Having A Good Conversation

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

All around the entire world everyday nearly every person has a conversation with at least one other person, more often with more than one person. Some will be very short conversations, while others will take hours. Some in person, others over the phone or internet.

As conversations are taking place, people are telling others something that they think is important and needs to be heard. It is one of the most important ways for people to communicate with other people.

Paul finishes up his letter to the Colossian church encouraging them to have conversations that are full of grace, but also seasoned with salt. They need to be able to know how to answer everyone.

Most people feel that their way of thinking is the only way to think, and so when they speak they have very little grace for another person. There is very little room for growth and learning given to another person.

Believers, who are witnessing and spreading the gospel message, must have grace for others. Not every person is at the same level in their faith in God. Thus their conversation must be seasoned with salt.

Salt is something that does two different things, depending upon how it is used. It can clean out garbage, but it can also preserve what is there.

When a believer speaks, there will be times he has to speak words into the life of another person that will focus on cleaning up his life, removing sin and bad habits. Other times it will be to encourage and strengthen the faith that is already there and building the other person up in the Lord.

Speaking in this way will allow a person to always know how to answer someone correctly.

Just as with most people, you will have conversations with others each day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide your words. Have grace for those who don’t know and are still learning.

Be willing to speak what God wants others to hear. Sometimes it will be to clean up things, while other times it will be to preserve something.

Know which is which, so that you will be able to give a good answer to every person and your conversations will be productive in your life and in the lives of others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your conversations will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will speak the words of God that people need to hear; and that God will use your conversations to clean up and preserve the faith in others and yourself.