Titus 3:7 Have Hope By His Grace

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

Throughout the world people work hard to accomplish great things in their own lives or those around them. As they work hard, they hope that they will succeed or make a difference.

All their hope is found in their own abilities and what they have done, and is being compared with what others have done. Often there is a lot of insecurity and fear of not being able to succeed or make the difference desired. There is no solid hope to hold on to.

As Paul talks about salvation, he points out that people are justified by God’s grace so that they can have the assurance of eternal life.

People like to know that what they did was good and good for something. They want to be able to earn what they receive. As a result of this desire, people will try to justify all of their actions as good and worthwhile. The world will justify sin in the name of freedom.

Believers will often try to justify their salvation by what they have done. Some will point out all the good things that they have done, how they read their bible and go to church, then claim that they are clean before God and deserve heaven.

Once a person sins, he has an eternal death sentence upon his head that nothing he can do will remove. Doing all the good things in the world and living perfectly does not remove the judgement against sin.

It is only by the grace of God that any person can have that judgement removed. It is putting trust and hope in the work of Jesus Christ that saves and gives the assurance of eternal life to come.

Your life is no different than that of any other person that has lived upon this earth. You are or were a sinner who did not know God, nor Jesus Christ. All the good things that you were doing fell short of getting you into heaven.

God in His great mercy and grace sent Jesus to pay for your sins. If you have chosen to repent and believe in what Jesus did, you will be justified before God from all your sins and given the hope of eternal life. This hope is assurance that it will happen, but not by your works, but by God’s grace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not work for your salvation, but trust in the work of Jesus Christ; that you will know you have eternal life in Jesus; and that you will live your life believing in and following God.

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.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 You Are Appointed To Be Saved

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9

People are often appointed to various positions of authority and power in businesses, organizations and governments. Higher level leaders, individually or as a group, will often choose who they want in some position and appoint that person.

Each person appointed has the right to accept or reject the position. While most people accept the appointment, some will reject it for many different reasons, not really wanting it or the challenges that come with it.

Paul warns the people that Jesus will return suddenly, but also says that God did not appoint them to suffer destruction, but to be saved through Jesus Christ.

Every time a person is hired into a position, they are appointed as to what they must do to keep that position. The person has a choice as to whether he will accept the assignment or not. If accepted, he has a job. If not accepted, he must search somewhere else for another job. Most people will accept the appointment.

God, in His eternal and perfect love, does not want any person to suffer His wrath and judgement. Since before the creation of the world, He has chosen to appoint every one to become His child and be saved.

This appointment was provided for and paid for by Jesus Christ, when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. In order to fully receive this appointment, all one needs to do is believe in and follow Jesus.

The majority of people reject this appointment not believing that there will be a coming punishment for the rejection. Every one who has chosen to accept God’s appointment for salvation will be saved. This choice is for each individual to make himself.

You are no different than any other person. God has also appointed you for a position in His family as a child and to be saved from His coming wrath.

Jesus paid the price for your sins and is offering you salvation from God’s wrath, but you must be willing to accept it. This appointment will not be forced upon you, but there are consequences to accepting or not accepting it.

Instead of rejecting salvation and doing your own thing on this earth, getting temporary pleasure, accept what Jesus is offering. Accept the salvation Jesus is providing you today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept what Jesus has provided for you; that you will know what God has in store for you; that you will know God’s perfect love for you; and that you will not see the wrath of God upon your life.