2019-06-17 – Titus 2:1
Verse of the Day: Titus 2:1 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
Paul here is speaking with one of the great leaders of the first century church. Titus was a faithful servant of Christ and a valuable companion of Paul in some of his missionary journeys. He served several churches in Corinth, Dalmatia and Crete. Paul here is encouraging Titus to make sure all that he speaks and teaches should be of sound doctrine, ensuring that they grow in Christ and believe the absolute truth. This word, I am confident was not meant just for Titus, but for all Christian leaders.
However, I want to assert that, as Christians, if we are discussing Christian issues with fellow Christians in a training context or are going out and spreading the gospel of Christ to the lost, this applies to us as well. We must make it our focus to understand what we teach or share. Be like the Berean’s in that you do not tell others what someone else says without checking it out to ensure it is truth. It does not matter how famous or educated they are. Remember, Paul commended the Bereans for checking what he said for accuracy.
As Christians, we are called to make disciples of all nations. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” If you are not, I encourage you to study and prepare to make it happen. And if/when you do, ensure what you are saying is truth. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15. It is our calling.
2019-06-18 – John 1:10
Verse of the Day: John 1:10 – He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:1-3. Through Christ, everything that exists that came into existence was through Him.
Today’s verse states that the creator of all creation came to the world and they did not know Him. This is a sad thing because throughout the entire Old Testament, it was prophesized that He would come. And it is important to understand that all, not just some, but all the prophesies regarding the Christ, the much-anticipated Messiah, was fulfilled. The problem was either the Jewish leadership did not understand their scriptures, or they ignored their scriptures regarding His coming. We have had 2000 years since Jesus was here on earth in human form and too many still do not know Him. The reasons are similar; they either do not understand what the scriptures say, or they ignore it because it is not that important to them. And that is why we are here. As Jesus sent His disciples out to declare the truth of who He is, He now sends us, His disciples of today to do the same. I encourage you to be attentive for opportunities to introduce them to Jesus, who is the only way of salvation.
2019-06-19 – 1 Peter 4:8
Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
The one thing that the New Testament says throughout is that we are to love one another. Not just in word, but in deed. Not just during the good times, but the difficult times as well. This is not just a suggestion, but it is a command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34.
It is very important that we follow this command closely. First, we all need the support of our brothers and sisters. We all get tired and dejected at times. Sometimes we just need the support of people during extreme difficulty. We should be willing to come to each other’s aid when this happens. And if we have wronged anyone, showing love will cover up these faults against whom we have wronged, as well as those who are observing us. If we truly love our brethren, this will be easy.
However, Jesus mentions another reason. It again points to our role as a light to the world. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35. If we truly show the love of God to each other, it will pour out to others we meet. And there are many in the world who need to feel this kind of love because it will be something they have rarely seen. What a blessing we can be when we help them to truly experience it.
2019-06-20- Hebrews 1:14
Verse of the Day: Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
The writer of Hebrews in verse 14 is telling us something about angels, namely that they are inferior to Christ. Look at verse 13. “But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET?” This the Father spoke to the Son and David wrote it in Psa 110:1, “A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.“. He did not speak it to any angel, but only to the Son.
In our focus verse, we see they have a great purpose. They are ministering spirits sent out to help the Christians in this life. Imagine that, when we are in need, there are times when God Himself comes, but there are times He sends an angel to assist us. And these are incredibly powerful spirits. We have nothing to fear when either God or angels are around. This should encourage us greatly. No matter what comes against us, there is something more powerful then the enemy that is attacking.
So, go out there and fear not. The enemy does not stand a chance. Just trust that no matter what, you are ultimately in no danger. It may seem that things are bad, but always remember, there is someone by our side and it will ultimately be good in the grand scheme of things.
2019-06-21 – Psalm 113:2-3
Verse of the Day: Psa 113:2-3 Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting. The name of the LORD is to be praised.
I absolutely love these verses. They cover times and places regarding the praises of God. We are to praise Him without ceasing. Verse two says we are to praise God starting now and continue forever. Note the wording ‘from this time forth and forever.’ We are always to praise God. We can praise Him with our voice, we can praise Him by our deeds. We can praise Him in our sharing of Him to the lost, we can praise Him in our encouraging of the brethren. We praise Him when we trust in Him completely. Living our lives in complete and total submission to God is an act of praise and worship.
Verse three addresses where we are to praise Him. In the Hebrew, the intent of the phrase ‘from the rising of the sun’ denotes anything to the east of our position, for the sun rises in the east. In the same way, the intent of the phrase ‘to it’s setting’ denotes anything to the west of our position, for the sun sets in the west. And because the earth is round and if you continue to travel to the east, you will arrive at the same place from the west, and vice-versa, it covers our current position as well.
The main idea of these two verses is clear. God is to be praised always and in all places. The apostle Paul said it as clearly as it can be. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. By giving God the glory, we are giving Him our praise as well.