From Daniel's Desk on 12/28/19
My Title: Toil, Strive, Command and Teach
My Verse: 10-11
"10 For to this end we toil and strive (suffer reproach), because we have our HOPE set on the LIVING God, who is the Savior of all people, especially those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things."
It is true, we have an enemy that roams around like roaring lion waiting and even begging to devour you but even more deadly is the enemy that lies within you. Your heart is prone to leave the God that you love. KEEP a CLOSE watch on yourself.
The trick is not to focus on yourself, but to focus on the goal, the mission. Godliness promises value both in this life and the next. Toil and strive, you're not too young to be used by God. Do not neglect the GIFT that was given to you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Make your calling and election clear. We HAVE our HOPE set on the LIVING God. He LIVES in YOU. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit that lives inside you. Stay focused, toil, strive, command and teach.
Desiring to lead and become an overseer of the church is a noble pursuit and the only way to lead is to lead by the way that you live. Serve the church with your gift and immerse yourself in God's call so that all may SEE your progress. Not for your glory but for the glory of the living God that wants to call ALL into a growing relationship with Him. Daniel, be a man and follow the Lord with your WHOLE heart and let your actions call others to do the same. Everyone craves a faithful leader just as you do, only Jesus can satisfy that desire.
The SPIRIT expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith.
They will DEVOTE themselves to DECEITFUL spirits and teachings of demons. (Their IS spiritual warfare. We have an enemy and they are working to destroy God's plan)
You are no longer under the law. You do not have to work for your salvation. It feels good to feel like you can earn your own good standing and even power. Anyone that would tell you otherwise is not from the Lord. The gospel is pure and simple it will not change. - Everything created by God is good and too be received with thanksgiving... Lord, thank you for bacon!
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus:
Be TRAINED words of faith and of good doctrine. (Jesus' gospel)
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.
Train yourself for godliness... it is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. <Boom. Don't miss this!
The saying is TRUSTWORTHY and deserving of FULL acceptance. For to this end we TOIL and STRIVE, BECAUSE we have our HOPE set on the living God.
Let no one despise you for your youth, BUT SET THE BELIEVERS AN EXAMPLE in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity... devote yourself to the PUBLIC reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
PRACTICE these things... immerse yourself in them SO THAT ALL may SEE your progress.
KEEP a CLOSE WATCH on both YOURSELF and your hearers. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.