In company with others: 2 Timothy 2.22

“But keep away from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace, in company with others who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

2 Timothy 2.22

In order to refrain from untoward desires, Timothy must “give positive attention” (Phillips) to the virtues of Christ. This is done together with the saints.

Sin may be avoided and righteousness obtained as a part of God’s worshiping family. Seek every opportunity to be with Christ’s disciples.

#votd #2-Timothy #church

Repent, be immersed: Acts 2.38

“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ in order to have your sins forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”

Acts 2.38 TGOG

The terms of salvation given in the first gospel sermon, in order to establish the church as Jesus had promised, are clear. Jesus was preached, salvation was offered, and the conditions to receive it were a part of the message.

Forgiveness comes upon being immersed, not before. This is an essential understanding of the act. Have you obeyed the gospel this way?

#votd #Acts #immersion

Lead me in your truth and teach me: Psalm 25.5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 25.5 ESV

In this acrostic psalm, David prays to be delivered from foes and confesses his sins. To arrive at truth, he needs God’s leading and teaching. The first verb “consistently refers to God as he leads the righteous in straight paths” (TWOT).

Truth is not an inner discovery, but an external objective to be reached by seeking God. That process is sought today through the Scriptures. Have you read your Bible today?

#votd #Psalms #truth

The things God has prepared for those who love him: 1 Corinthians 2.9

“But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.'”

1 Corinthians 2.9

Paul quotes Isaiah 64.4 to emphasize the wonder of Christ. God is working out his plan. He has revealed it to man. Only those who love him will benefit from it.

“Mind” translates the word for heart, referring to the whole inner person, and often a specific aspect of it. Here, the thoughts of man. Love is the condition of receiving such wonderful things.

#votd #1-Corinthians #love

The world is passing away: 1 John 2.17

“And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”

1 John 2.17

The world of sin and rebellion will not last. It and the desires that invest in it are transient. Let us then become people who do God’s will.

What desires of mine turn me toward the world? How intensely am I pursuing the will of God?

#votd #1-John #will-of-God

Not from the Father: 1 John 2.15-16

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world.”

1 John 2.15-16

Christians must walk as Jesus did. They must love one another. They must be assured of their salvation. They must reject false teaching. The world and all it contains are opposed to the Father.

Love means commitment to, involvement in, support of the world. How do we show our rejection of the world and our commitment to God?

#votd #1-John #world

Surrounded by wolves: Matthew 10.16

“I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

Matthew 10.16

Jesus sent out the Twelve to preach to Israel. He warned them about opposition. He told them how they should deal with it.

Jesus’ words here applied to Matthew’s readers and to us today. Wisdom is need to meet resistance. We must never lower ourselves to the level of others. What “wolves” have you encountered?

#votd #Matthew #mission

Rejecting God: 1 Thessalonians 4.8

“Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”

1 Thessalonians 4.8 NLT

Paul’s subject was apostolic commands, v. 2, and holiness, v. 3, which means keeping away from sexual immorality v. 4-5, and not defrauding one’s brother, vv. 6-7.

Rejecting God by disobedience will not end well. Unholiness does not befit people who have received the Holy Spirit. Wisdom is recognizing when God speaks.

#votd #1-Thessalonians #rejection #holiness

Guide me today: Genesis 24.12

“He prayed, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham.'”

Genesis 24.12

The servant of Abraham was sent to find a wife for Isaac. He prayed for God to guide him in the process. God immediately answered his prayer.

We have been sent on our Master’s work to wed others to Christ. Prayer is an essential component to our success. What is your prayer today?

#votd #Genesis #prayer

As far away as the ends of the earth: Psalm 48.10

“The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth is worthy of your reputation, O God. You execute justice!”

Psalm 48.10

This third of three praise psalms focuses on God’s actions on behalf of Zion (1-8) and her reactions to his deliverance (9-14).

God’s concern covers the whole world. He desires praise from all peoples. He works in his people to that end.

#votd #Psalms #praise

What you learned: Philippians 4.9

“And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4.9

Paul preached the true gospel and gave the example. The Philippians needed to hear and observe. Then, they should practice those same things. Only then could they count on God’s presence.

One cannot be taught wrong and practice correctly. One must first learn in order to do the right thing. Having God’s presence depends on this.

#votd #Philippians #knowledge

Remain as you were: 1 Corinthians 7.17

“Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.”

1 Corinthians 7.17 NLT

Converts often mistake what they should change in their lives. Paul tells them that their circumstances are not what is important. His rule: Stay where you are!

Christians often think they can grow and develop if things around them would change. But what God wants to change are habits and attitudes.

#votd #1-Corinthians #change

How I write: 2 Thessalonians 3.17

“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is how I write in every letter.”

2 Thessalonians 3.17

The apostle Paul dictated his letters to an amanuensis, or secretary. See Romans 16.22. At the end, he personalized and verified it by writing a line in his own hand.

Let our communications be personal and secure. What measures can I take to do that?

#votd #2-Thessalonians #communication

Give Jerusalem priority: Psalm 137.6

“May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.”

Psalm 137.6

Sing holy songs to entertain pagans? How wrong! Let God judge the wicked, while his people put his holy place above all else.

Earthly joys must give way to the cause of Christ. Am I bending my faith to please the world? Is the kingdom of God my top priority?

(For the Christian, today’s “Jerusalém” is to dwell in Christ.)

#votd #Psalms #priority

More powerful than me: Mark 1.7

“He proclaimed, ‘One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy to bend down and untie the strap of his sandals.'”

Mark 1.7

John the immerser knew his place. He came as a forerunner, always calling attention to the Messiah. He gloriously fulfilled his work.

Humility allows us to accept our place in God’s plan. It recognizes the gifts and opportunities he gives us. How do we point to Christ?

#votd #Mark #John-the-Baptist