From Daniel's Desk on 1/8/20
My Title: TEACH the HARD STUFF!!! (Don't be a pansy)
My Verse: Titus 2:9
"Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that inn everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior."
We HAVE a LIVING HOPE BECAUSE Jesus GAVE HIMSELF for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are ZEALOUS for GOOD WORKS!
We are BONDSERVANTS. We were bought at a very high price! If we truly understand the SLAVERY and BONDAGE we were in BEFORE Christ redeemed us, then our freedom from that SHOULD CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND ACT! Even when our hearts tell us to listen to the culture around us or even the selfish desires in our own hearts, we should remind ourselves, CLEARLY, that ALL sin and the TEMPTATION to sin is ONLY A LIE! IT. IS. A. LIE! Don't be foolish! Train your heart and your mind to ZEALOUS for GOOD WORKS!
The commands to us in God's Word are uncomfortable BECAUSE they DEMAND SUBMISSION. REMIND YOURSELF OF THE TRUTH. You are submitting to a LOVING, TRUE, FAITHFUL, HOLY, LOVING, LIVING GOD!!! Not only does He DESERVE LORDSHIP over your life (because He CREATED it) but to think that He's NOT LORD of your life is only an illusion anyway! You cannot play God in your own life. You cannot heal your own body or determine your own fate. Best of all, you cannot EARN His love. "11 For the GRACE of God has appeared bringing salvation for ALL people, 12 TRAINING us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives IN THE PRESENT AGE, WAITING for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,"
Teach these things for they are SOUND DOCTRINE. Even if it upsets people. Truth is TRUTH. This is GOD's WORD. It's been BREATHED OUT BY GOD!
Sound Doctrine! - You've GOT to know it so you can PASS IT ON!
Older men are to be: Sober minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love and in steadfastness.
Older women are to be: Reverent in behavior, not slanderers or SLAVES to much wine. - They ARE TO TEACH what is good and so train the young women to LOVE their husbands and children. - To be self controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the WORD of God may not be reviled.
Younger men: be self-controlled. THAT'S IT. JUST CONTROL YOURSELF. Master that.
SHOW YOURSELF in ALL respects to be a MODEL of good works. SHOW INTEGRITY in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech (that cannot be condemned!).
Bondservants are to be SUBMISSIVE to their own masters in EVERYTHING. Well pleasing. Not argumentative. Not pilfering. SHOWING ALL GOOD FAITH... So that in EVERYTHING they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
We DO have a LIVING HOPE! - We need to ACT like it!
He fulfilled the first promise! He WILL be faithful to complete the second!
JESUS GAVE HIMSELF TO REDEEM US FROM ALL LAWLESSNESS AND TO PURIFY FOR HIMSELF A PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN POSSESSION WHO ARE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS!