“Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”
1 Timothy 4.16
It appears that Timothy was easily distracted from his main task. Paul calls him to concentrate on the gospel. Only the gospel saves.
We must practice what we preach. We must also preach what we practice, for people are saved by the words of the message of Christ, Acts 11.14.
#votd #1Timothy #teaching
“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”
“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).
#votd #Proverbs #sin
“There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome.”
In Roman custody, on his way to appear before the emperor in his defense, Paul and his companions were shown hospitality by brethren in Puteoli.
Hospitality was above all a missionary activity in the first century. Homes of saints were a major factor in church growth. Let them become so again!
#votd #hospitality #Acts #church-growth
“Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting.”
Cyrus of Persia was threatening Babylon. The people ran to their gods. But the Lord challenged the idols to tell the future or do anything, good or bad.
To whom do we run in threatening situations? Are we sure of God’s willingness and power? Do we rehearse his accomplishments in history?
#votd #idolatry #Isaiah
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
2 John 9
False teachers denied the truth about Jesus’ deity. People who affirm such falsehoods are rejected by God. They should not be accepted by God’s people either.
To please God, we must not promote or help people who teach what is wrong. Only his truth can save. Let us be wise to know God’s word.
#votd #truth #doctrine
“The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.”
What the Lord does in the life of his saints is similiar to the refining fire, to separate impurities in the heart from what is precious to him. The verse urges cooperation with this process.
How is the Lord testing my heart? What moments and situations is he using to purify my heart? How can I best cooperate with his testing?
#votd #Proverbs #trials
“The Lord is alive! My protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!”
2 Samuel 22.47
David sang praise to God for deliverance from all his enemies and from the hands of King Saul. Also recorded in Psalm 18, it, together with Hannah’s prayer, 1 Sam 2.1-10, serves to enclose the book of Samuel with the theme of salvation.
What psalm would be appropriate to put at the end of your life? How does the Lord show himself alive to you?
#votd #salvation #God
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
Psalm 37.23-24 NLT
In this acrostic psalm, David deals with the presence of evil people around him and how the Lord work in the life of the righteous.
Do you ever feel that God doesn’t pay attention to your problems? Does it seem like he’s neglectful toward some important details? He always knows and cares.
#votd #Psalms #God
“So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God.”
Paul disallowed any attempt to use the principle of law for justification before God. Using the death of a spouse as an illustration, he maintained exclusive union with Christ as the way to true spiritual results.
Obedience is a necessity, Rom 6.17, but proving one’s worth to God by law-keeping is of a whole different order. Which are you doing?
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Luke 12.21 NLT
This is the conclusion Jesus makes from the parable of the rich fool. Thought and effort are given to material things, little to spiritual needs.
Compare how much time we spend in thought and effort on material things and on spiritual things. Do the former tip the scales? Or do material pursuits crowd out a relationship with God?
#votd #Luke #relationship-with-God
“Look, we have investigated this, so it is true.
Hear it, and apply it for your own good.”
Eliphaz gave Job the lowdown about the suffering patriarch’s situation. “Trust us!” he says. “We know what’s happening here!” They spoke mostly truth, but misapplied it in Job’s case.
We may know the Bible well, but may not apply it properly. Each person, in the end, is responsible to God. The Word is clear, but let us take care in how we tell people it must be applied.
#votd #Job #truth
“For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well.”
In his practical letter, James urges his Jewish readers to integrity of faith and works, especially in impartial treatment of others. The big challenge is to bridle the tongue. It is powerful far beyond its size.
Some time-management people say start with the big challenges. Others counsel taking the small tasks first. In faith, at least, we know which one is the biggie.
#votd #speech #James
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled.”
Persecution led some to weakness and abandonment of the Way. Saving grace was lost. The saints were responsible to help one another over the hard times. Failure in one spawned the same in others.
We have but one goal, you and I: eternal life with God. Let us lock arms to reach our heavenly home. Let us help one another. We have no one else in this world but God’s family.
#votd #grace #faithfulness
“He asked them, ‘Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith yet?’”
Mark 4.40 ISV
Experienced fishermen feared the storm that broke upon them. Jesus slept in the boat. If he was with them, they should have trusted that he would not let them perish.
The Lord urges us to trust him. He provides his presence and every spiritual advantage. Does his question to the disciples apply to us? Have we not yet learned to have faith?
#votd #faith #Jesus
“But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they began to be baptized, both men and women.”
Philip preached to Samaritans. The gospel began to reach more and more people. The proper response to the gospel is faith and baptism. All are welcome in God’s kingdom, men and women.
The gospel about God’s kingdom includes the truth about its present manifestation, the church. “… a proper understanding of the church is required to be saved in the church (Acts 8:12), …” (Webster 2018, 21).
- Allen Webster (2018) “The New Testament Church Is Distinctive,” Spiritual Sword 49:2 (January 2018) 21.
#votd #kingdom-of-God #church