Titus 1:16 Do Your Actions Deny God?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

It is very easy for a person to claim that he knows someone. Two people meet and often they claim that they know each other. This is often seen when meeting someone famous.

Reality is that they really don’t know each other. Later actions will prove this to be true. The famous person will walk by the other one with zero recognition of the non-famous person.

Paul warns Timothy of some in the church teaching false doctrines. He says that they will claim to know God, but by their actions, they deny Him and become worthless for doing anything good.

Millions of people around the world claim to know God. While many do know God, many do not really know who He is. All they see is a God of love and One who will save them from hell. Living in this way, many will live purposefully in sinful and disobedient ways, refusing to change.

God is so much more than just a God of love and salvation. He is also a holy God, a just God, and a God who demands holiness. All of these things and more are wrapped up in His love, grace and mercy.

The believer who realizes who God is and really knows Him will strive to change his life to live like God wants him to live. This means that he will work to flee all sin, rather than live in sinful practices. He will work to teach God’s truth at all times, and be teachable when he is wrong. In the end, actions prove whether a person really knows God or not.

Is he living for God, by His rules, or is he living for himself and this world?

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus and follow Him, you also claim to know Him. Now take a moment to examine your life and see if you really know God or not.

All throughout the bible, God speaks on how He expects His followers to live their lives. Are your actions matching up with your words? Or are they in conflict with what you claim?

If you really know God, you will know His perfect love, grace and mercy, and then your actions will not deny Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God expects of you; that you will know God’s power to help you live for Him; and that your actions will not deny God.

1 Corinthians 2:2 The Most Important Thing To Know

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

Knowledge is something that everyone appears to be seeking. People want to know more and more. They want to be able to know more faster and faster.

With the internet, information about nearly anything and everything can be found almost instantly. Information is often sought out to make life easier by making oneself richer, happier, healthier or more popular.

It can be overwhelming from some people as to how much information is available. Many struggle with where to start in their search for good, reliable information.

Paul tells the Corinthian church that he did not want to know anything except about Jesus and his crucifixion while he was with them.

Looking at the bible and Christianity, there is a lot of information available. There are hundreds of topics one can study in the bible alone. Then there are hundreds of more topics that can be studied concerning Christianity outside of the bible.

Even though it is good to know all the information available, it can become overwhelming and bog one down with not having the best information first. As with any topic, there are certain pieces of information that are most important to know first. Knowing these pieces can set a firm foundation for all the other information learned.

The beginning foundation for Christianity is knowing Jesus and His crucifixion. If one begins on anything else, he has a faulty foundation that is not Christianity, nor will it stand the test of time and struggles in life.

Knowing Jesus is knowing what, how and why He thinks, speaks and acts in every situation as He does. Then it leads one to think, speak and act in the same way. And it was His crucifixion that gives a person the ability and reason to live this way.

There are things that you must learn in order to do your job or to just live life on this planet. While all of these things can be important, the most important thing is to know Jesus. You can know everything and gain the whole world, but lose your soul and die for eternity if you don’t know Jesus and Him crucified for you.

Put all of your first efforts and strength in knowing Jesus more and more. Then focus on living as Jesus did more and more. That is the most important information to know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will learn to think, speak and act like Jesus; and that your first focus will be on living for God.

John 20:16 Knowing When He Calls You

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:16

In today’s society most people have a cell phone. One of the advantages of a cell phone is that when someone calls the phone can usually identify who is calling. This helps when one cannot see the person calling.

Hearing a person call in person is much easier to identify who is calling. Although in a large crowd, some will not always recognize the voice of a friend calling, unless it is a close friend that is well known.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before everyone knew about it, He had met up with Mary. At first she did not recognize Him until He called her name, then she knew who He was.

Couples who have been married for many years have learned to recognize each other’s voice, even in a large crowd. This is just like mother’s who can recognize their child’s cry in a room full of little children all calling at the same time.

The only reason people can recognize the other’s call is because they have spent time with the person and know that person very well. They know the voice of those who are close to them.

Believers who have spent time in prayer and communication with God will recognize His voice when He speaks. This is something that does not happen over night, but over a long period of time of a building of the relationship.

One should strive to build his relationship with God so closely that he knows as much as possible about God and will always recognize His voice. God is willing and ready to speak, but His people need to know His voice and be listening for it.

As a believer you should desire to be led by God in every area of your life. In order for this to occur, you must be able to recognize God’s voice when He is calling you.

He will call you to tell you what to do next, guiding every step and action. There will be times when He will also call you to stop you from an action.

Throughout your life there will be many other voices calling to you to lead you into sin. Listen for God’s voice and follow what He says. It is the best path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice when He calls; that you will be listening to hear God speak; and that you will obey what God is telling you.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know Jesus?

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3

It is very easy for a person to say that they know someone. All over the world there are many people who claim to know some famous person. In reality people know about a person, but often do not really know the person.

Knowing what a person likes or does, it not fully the same as really knowing the person. It is common to only see the surface of the life of a person and completely miss the inner thoughts going on.

John tells the people that they really know Jesus if they keep His commands.

As with knowing someone famous, people all over the world claim to know Jesus. And in the same way, they know about Jesus, but they do not always really know Him in a personal, intimate way.

Many people can talk about the highlights of the life of Jesus, but struggle to talk about what He really taught. In not knowing what He really taught, they are unable to fully obey Him.

Jesus had said that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. Knowing Jesus is knowing God, which in turn is knowing true, perfect love. Once a person knows true, perfect love, they will not want to go back on it and will be willing to obey that true and perfect love. They will be unwilling to harm that perfect love.

Although many people claim to know Jesus and even go to church, they are unwilling to obey His every command. They want to please themselves and others with the temporary pleasures of sin in this world. They refuse to be His witness.

They don’t obey God, thus do not really know Him. The true believer will know Jesus and strive to obey His every command.

You may claim to know Jesus and may live a good life. Ask yourself if you obey all the commands of God. How willing are you to do whatever God asks of you?

This will reveal if you really know Jesus or not. Instead of living for self and this world, strive to live for God. Obey every command that Jesus has given to the best of your ability. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to do what God has commanded.

Ask yourself if you really know Jesus or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will truly love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength; that you will know Jesus and His great love for you; and that you will be used by God to build His kingdom.