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 3:16-17 The Usefulness Of All Scripture

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All over the world one can find manuals on how to do just about anything and everything. There are also videos online on how to do everything.

In every good manual there will be pointers on what to do and what not to do. There will be sections that warn of the dangers and sections that show the benefits of doing something the right or wrong way.

Right after warning Timothy of guaranteed coming persecution, he tells him that the scriptures is inspired by God and is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness to equip the believer for good works.

Every person who has chosen to follow Christ has to learn what that means and how to do it. He needs to learn how to do the good works God is calling him to do.

There is not a book in the world that will do it completely correctly, because the world’s view is from a temporary and selfish viewpoint, not God-centered and eternal.

The bible will teach the new believer what God expects and how to live his life. It will also rebuke the believer, when he chooses to disobey God, sin and follow the ways of the world. The bible will correct a believer when he steps off the path God has him on in any area of his life. It will also train the believer in the best ways to please God and accomplish His mission for his life.

God has chosen to make the bible in this way, so that the believer will be completely equipped to do the work God has called him to do.

If you have any questions about how to live your life, you can find the answers in the bible. There is nothing that you will face or have to do that the bible does not say something about. God has a mission for you to carry out while you live on this earth.

Do not try to accomplish it on your own, but allow the Holy Spirit to use God’s word to guide you correctly so that you will be completely equipped and ready for the job.

Are you using God’s word? Or does it sit on a shelf, ignored?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know and seek God’s word for your life; that you will study the bible to know what God is saying to you; that you will allow the bible to equip and change your life; and that you will do the work God has called for you to do.