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.

1 Thessalonians 1:4 God Chose You

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 1 Thessalonians 1:4

Every person likes to be wanted or chosen. It gives them a sense of value and worth. It encourages and strengthens a person to continue moving forward.

Deep hurts have scared people for life, when as a child, they were not chosen on a regular basis when playing games or sports. It gives the person a sense that they have no value and that no one wants them at all. This often creates problems that continue into adulthood.

Paul tells the Thessalonian church that he knows that they are loved by God and that He had chosen them.

Some, with a selfish pride, feel as if they are the one who had chosen God. It is placed completely upon what they said or did, leaving God out of the picture.

While a person must choose to believe in Jesus, God has to choose the person first. In His perfect and eternal love, God ALWAYS chooses everyone first.

God does not want anyone to perish, but all to be saved. His love begins before any person can possibly begin to love Him. It is started when the person still hates Him and is against Him. This love started before the creation of the world and continues to this day for each and every person that walks upon this earth.

However not everyone recognizes God’s great love for them. Some do not see that God has already chosen them to forgive them and save them. These people chose to live in selfish pride and sin, rejecting the one who died for them to save them.

Those who have chosen to believe in Jesus, have chosen to recognize that God loves them and has already chosen them. This is why they put aside selfishness and sin to follow Jesus.

Whether you believe in Jesus or not, God has already chosen you. He loves you with an eternal and perfect love that cannot end, regardless of how you live your life.

Take a moment to think about how much love God has for you, in that He, Creator of the universe, has chosen you while you still hated Him. As you allow that thought to sink in, choose today to believe in and follow Jesus, because of His great love for you in choosing you. Know that you are of great value to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know that God has chosen you; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will choose to believe in and follow Jesus; and that you will know your value in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:12 All For The Purpose Of Advancement

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Ephesians 1:12

Things occur to people everyday that don’t always appear to make any sense. Trouble arises in the lives of people and they struggle to understand why it happens to them. This is especially troublesome when those around them appear to be having everything going well for them.

People are always searching for purpose for their lives and what is happening to them. Usually when bad things occur, they will blame God and others for it.

While Paul is in prison he writes this letter to the Ephesians telling them that what has happened to him is helping to advance the gospel message.

Just as the world struggles with understanding why trouble occurs in their lives, many believers also struggle with it. It is commonly, though mistakenly, thought by many believers that as a believer life should be without problems or struggles. This is a false belief that is carried on by the world.

First, Jesus promised that His followers would have trouble. Second, troubles are often what can move the gospel message forward.

If a person never has any troubles, he does not learn how God can work in and through them, thus does not have a testimony to tell the world of God’s abilities. Often a trouble will move a person in a different direction. This allows him to see new and different people and with a new message.

Everyone in the world needs to hear the gospel message. If a believer never moves in a new direction, he does not bring that message to new people.

The Roman soldiers needed to hear the gospel message, so Paul was put in prison to do that. God will bring a believer through trouble, so that others may hear about Jesus in a new way.

You will have struggles in your life. Rather than getting angry about the troubles, seek God as to how to use those troubles to spread the gospel message about Jesus.

Notice how God takes care of you as you go through a struggle, then tell others about it. Realize the new people God may put in your path as you struggle that need to hear about Jesus. Use those opportunities to be a witness of God’s power, provision, love and grace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God working in all areas of your life; that God will show you ways to use troubles to spread the gospel message; and that many people will come to Jesus through your message.

Ephesians 1:4 God Chose You For A Purpose

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4

One of the things most people need is purpose. They want to know the purpose for what it is that they are doing or have to do.

People will get frustrated and give up when there is no purpose or reasoning for the actions being required. Having purpose gives a person motivation to keep moving forward with what is required. It helps him keep going, when things are difficult.

As Paul opens his letter to the Ephesian church, he tells them that they and he were chosen by God to be holy and blameless before Him. This was done before the creation of the world.

When a person looks at all of the commands God has given throughout the bible, he may often wonder why they are there. All of the commands God has given are given out of love for every person. It is to guide them on how to live a holy and blameless life before God and before man.

The world looks at life and sees it as to eat, drink and be merry today, with no regard for eternity or God. Without God there is no moral standard of right or wrong that is universal. Anything goes in the moment and there is no such thing as sin.

Unlike the world, the believer has a standard he is expected to live by. This standard is God’s standard and it was set before the world was created. God wants His followers to be holy and blameless.

Being holy and blameless means one will not do any harm to any other person, nor to God. It is all about love for others and for God, the whole purpose God has for people.

Going through life on this planet, you may wonder why God has you there and in situations that you are in. Everything that God puts in your path of life is to form you into the image of Jesus, who is holy and blameless before God and man.

Learn from God how to live your life in a holy and blameless way. Instead of focusing on sin, focus upon living for God according to His standards. Living in that way will guide you in what God expects of you and give you purpose for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will live holy and blameless before God and man; that you will find your value in Christ Jesus; and that God will strengthen you to turn from the ways of this world.