From Daniel's Desk on 1/11/20
My Title: Devoted to Good Works!
My Verse: Titus 3:
"4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,"
In order to be fruitful you need to abide in Christ. You can't do that if you aren't decidedly focused on doing good work. Doing good work COSTS. Doing ministry is rough and often very dirty because the Lord has an enemy that hates Him. If you love Him than you are his enemy too. His strategy has ALWAYS been divide and conquer. Division is very dangerous. Love is way more powerful than the schemes of the enemy but love always comes at the cost of self. Love means nothing unless it costs the giver something which is why it is difficult and so it is often left untried. Selfishness is the biggest enemy of love, not Satan.
Devote yourself to good works. Ignore the impulse to jump into quarrels and debate. Seek peace with ALL. The WAY to do this (as always) is to KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS. If you're focused on your hope and WHY (God gave you grace and showed you mercy when you stood against Him as an enemy!), you will find that it's much easier to do.
Set an example in this and HOLD OTHERS ACCOUNTABLE to set an example too. We are to be known as Christ's disciples BECAUSE of our love for each other. Our UNITY is paramount to our Saviors plan for our collective witness to the world!
REMIND your people to be SUBMISSIVE to rulers and authorities. (Insurrection is not the peace that God wants)
Before God's MERCY and GRACE was richly poured out on us we TOO passed our days in foolish selfishness! (Manage your expectations)
GOODNESS and LOVING KINDNESS of GOD, according to His OWN MERCY and GRACE. NOTHING to do with you bro. YOU DON'T DESERVE the God that you have!
You've been RENEWED by the HOLY SPIRIT through Jesus Christ our Savior. Justified by HIS Grace that we might become HEIRS! THAT is our HOPE.
SO INSIST that those that have believed in God be CAREFUL to devote themselves to GOOD WORK.
Avoid foolish debate and for the one who stirs up DIVISION, if they've been warned twice... have NOTHING to do with them... they are SELF-condemned.
Be FRUITFUL and GRACE be with you all.