Titus 3:5 Saved Because Of Mercy

he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

In order to get something good from someone else, the world expects the person to be worthy of getting it. This worthiness can be in being able to pay for the product or being able to do some good deed that warrants getting the product.

If a person does not pay or do something, he will very seldom be able to receive something of high value. This is even more true if a person does everything wrong.

As Paul closes his letter to Titus, he reminds him that he is saved by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ. This salvation is done by a cleansing and a renewal.

When a person does horrible things to another person, it is expected that he will pay for his crimes in some way. There is rarely to never any forgiveness until justice is served. No one that has done a crime is given a bonus in place of the crime.

Every person has committed a crime or a sin against God at least one time, although in reality thousands or millions of times. For each and every sin against God, it has a death penalty attached to it. The person deserves to die.

There is nothing a person can do to wipe out that death sentence.

Instead of killing everyone, God has chosen to show mercy, by providing a payment for those sins. Jesus was sent to die for the person, so that He may wash away the death sentence and bring on a renewal of his spirit by the Holy Spirit.

This was an act of perfect love and mercy by God.

Each and every time you have sinned against God, you have a death sentence upon your head. No matter how many good deeds you do, you cannot remove that sentence. It must be done by God.

When you chose to believe in Jesus, He has chosen, in His great love and mercy, to remove that death sentence. Not only has He removed it, but He has provided a way to change your mindset to keep you from going back to those sins.

Allow God to remove that sentence and change your mind. Live in gratefulness to His great mercy upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the great mercy of God upon your life; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change your heart; and that you will be the new person God wants you to be.

1 Timothy 6:8 Godliness And Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:8

All across the world people are seeking more wealth. They want to have more things and can never get enough. The desire for more and more is with most people, especially when they compare themselves with others.

This desire is also increased greatly when they see advertisements everywhere that they need something new that they don’t have and that will make their life better.

Many people will sacrifice nearly everything and anything in order to get more. They will work extra hours and sacrifice family and friends for more.

Paul tells Timothy a very simple formula to gain. It is to have godliness with contentment.

When God created Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He gave them everything that they needed in abundance. Instead of being content, they wanted more. Ultimately they wanted God’s knowledge and power. This led to their downfall and being cast out of the garden.

Later Jesus dies for mankind and provides everything that they could ever need–an abundant life. All one has to do to get this abundant life is to believe in and follow Jesus.

Yet, many choose to follow the sinful ways of the world, rather than God. In doing so, they may gain some physical things, but they will lose everything in the end, including their lives.

All a person really needs is a little food, a little clothing and a little shelter to survive in this world. To live for eternity, all he needs is the salvation provided for by Jesus.

Many believers have fallen into the same trap as the world of being greedy and wanting more. They are never content with what God has given them. Or else they are content, but not living Godly lives.

Each one must be living for God in His ways, and be content with what God provides. You may or may not have as much as your neighbor, but if you have food, clothing, shelter and eternal life, you have all that you need.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the greed, sin and discontentment that this fallen world promotes. Live the holy life God has called you to live. Trust God for all of your day-to-day provisions.

As you trust God, you will have an abundant life with more than you need to live life here on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow all of God’s commands; that you will live a holy life unto God; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will see God’s hand of provision for your life; and that you will be content with what God is blessing you with.

Philippians 1:19 Works Out For Deliverance

for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19

Bad things happen to people on a regular basis. When it occurs, people often only see the bad in it and cannot see anything good happening. Millions every year give up any hope of surviving the bad situation and end their lives.

Many people put all of their hope in situations that they can control, then get crushed when things outside of their control occur.

Paul had been in prison at the time of his writing this letter to the Philippians. the church was worried and praying for him. Paul believed that his being in prison would turn out for his deliverance.

When a person is going through a difficult time, it can be very difficult to continue to have hope. All that is seen is the trial set before them, with no apparent window of end or release in sight. Giving up appears to be the only option.

Believers will sometimes fall into the same mindset, forgetting who God is and how big He is. Looking through their own eyes, they only see as the world sees, nothing but the problem.

However, believers can have a hope and trust in God that goes beyond any logic or circumstances set before them. The God, who created the heavens and the earth, is still in control. With prayer and trust in Him, He can turn around the worst situation in a person’s life and deliver the person from the trial. This is done for His glory and honor.

God never allows a person to stay permanently in a bad trial. As a last option (in man’s eyes) God takes the person home to heaven. Otherwise, God always delivers the believer from the trial.

You may have some bad situation in your life. Do not give up or give in to it and the way of the world’s thinking. Pray to God and tell Him about it. As you are going through this trial, give God praise and put all of your hope and trust in Him.

At the right time, God will deliver you from the fiery trial you may be going through. Know that God will use what you are going through to deliver you and spread the gospel message to a fallen world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will pray to God about every situation; that you will see God’s hand of deliverance in your life; and that you will give God praise in and through every trial in your life.

Zechariah 10:12 God Will Strengthen

I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely, declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12

People desire to live securely. They want to know that they will have what they need when they need it, without fear of losing it or having it taken away.

In order to get this, people seek to have high paying careers, large bank accounts, and great positions. People feel more secure when they feel that they are in control of everything in their lives. However, many fall apart when things go wrong and all sense of security is lost.

God told the people that He would strengthen them. It was in His name that they would find security.

Although the world tries to say that following its ways will bring security, it is a false sense of security. In just a moment everything can change and all is lost. The things that the world relies upon for security are only temporary.

Believers have a security that is eternal. Nothing that can happen in this life can change that short of one giving it up. God gives the believer strength to keep moving forward despite the problems faced in this world, despite the destruction and turmoil going on.

Every believer can know that in the end he will receive eternal life and that, until then, God will provide abundantly for every need. The believer’s focus must be upon God and eternity, both for his own life and the lives of everyone he meets. Everything else is temporary and can be a distraction for what God wants and is doing.

You will have days that are filled with trouble. There will be times when everything in your life will appear to be falling apart and that the enemy is winning the battle. Do not give up. Do not allow the world to break you down. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with the chaos of this fallen world. Seek the Lord and His strength to keep going.

God is ready and willing to fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength. Rely upon His promises and strength to continue to live for Him and be His witness.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give you strength; that you will know God’s power in your life; and that you will move forward with God.

Nahum 1:7 A Safe Refuge

Safe place in mountains

The Lord is good, a refuge inn times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, Nahum 1:7 

Throughout a person’s lifetime one will have times when he needs a safe place to retreat to. Children often have a place in their room or yard that they will go to when they are scared, or often they will run to their parent’s room for comfort.

Adults often turn to entertainment, drugs, alcohol, porn, food, or some activity when they are faced with times of trouble. They seek to be able to get away from the trouble, rather than face it.

Nahum tells the people that God is always good and is a safe refuge for in times of trouble. Nineveh had been coming against the people of Israel causing great trouble for them.

Every person will go through times of trouble and hardship. As they go through it most will seek ways of relief and comfort from the troubles. The ways most people seek relief are the ways of the world, which are temporary and often sinful. They do not give any true refuge.

Believers have one that they can always run to in times of trouble and find true refuge. It is God who they can run to. God has perfect love for every person, thus cares for every person in the most perfect way.

Knowing and understanding God’s love and care can give a person great peace when he turns to God for help as a refuge during times of trouble. As one trusts in and turns to God, he will realize that with God all these troubles are temporary and are also being used by God for a good purpose.

This peace is found in knowing and trusting God’s great love and care. It is believing that He is the best refuge in times of trouble.

As days come when you are going through tough times do not turn to the things and ways of this world. Run to God and seek His comfort and peace as a safe refuge. Trust that God will take care of you and meet every need you have.

Allow God to work in every situation to bring His glory and purpose into your life. As God is a refuge, give Him praise and let the world know what He is and has done in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God as a safe refuge; that you will know the peace God can give; that you will know God’s comfort for you; and that you will trust God.