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Regenerated and renewed by grace!

Scripture reading for July 13th: 1st Kings 15, 2nd Chronicles 13-14, Titus 3

Titus 3: 3-8 “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 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, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.”

Paul was always careful to emphasize God’s great mercy and goodness and grace shown in Jesus Christ. It is never our good works that save us. All our works done in the flesh are useless. We can only be justified by faith through the gift of God’s grace. Through that grace we become heirs of eternal life in God’s forever family. After salvation, we begin to walk with God and He shows us good works to do in response to His direction and love for all people. We who devoted ourselves to pleasing ourselves before salvation now devote ourselves to pleasing God through holy and loving obedience!

Titus 3:14 “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your gift of grace through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior! Thank You for renewing my spirit and soul by the indwelling Holy Spirit to love You and to love those You place in my path today. Open my eyes to the good works and urgent needs You want me to help with and direct me to learn to be devoted to these ‘good works’ in response to Your amazing grace!

2nd Chronicles 14:2-4 “And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers and to keep the law and the commandments.”

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Thank God for His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 11th:  Titus 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Titus 3:4-7  “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

We all have pasts that we are not proud of.  They are marked by sin and disobedience along with the broken relationships that that brings with it.  But God, who is rich in mercy, showed His kindness and love to us through revealing His Son, Jesus Christ!  Jesus saved us by washing our souls with His own blood and giving us the gift of eternal life!  We are now new creations in Christ and heirs of the promises of God our Father!  We have gone from the rags of sin’s clothing to the riches of God’s mercy!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers live in a state of constant thankfulness for God’s mercy.  Out of this thankfulness, we can live productive lives of obedience and bring glory to God.  “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His Name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and heavens.  He has raised up for His people a horn, the praise of all His saints, of Israel, the people close to His heart.”  (Psalm 148:13-14)

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Heirs of Hope!

Scripture reading for December 10th: Titus 1-3

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of truth that leads to godliness–a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,” (Titus 1:1-3)

Paul wanted to encourage Titus that true faith based on the truth of Jesus Christ always leads to godliness.  True faith rests on the hope of eternal life.  This “hope” is not some distant and ephemeral dream or an imagination of man’s creation, but a solid promise of God about our future.  God doesn’t lie, He is the Truth!  He originally promised eternal life to Adam and Eve in the Garden.  They could eat of any fruit in the Garden of Eden (delights!) except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Satan lied to them and they believed a lie and death kept them from eternal delight and life!

Because of sin, God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden so that they would not eat of the tree of Life.  (Genesis 3:22-24)  He did give them a promise of a deliverer who would come from their offspring and who would crush the head of the serpent. This “offspring” was none other than Jesus Christ, who defeated Satan and death by offering Himself on our behalf!  This message was given to the followers of Jesus to bring faith leading to godliness because of the hope of eternal life.  This hope causes us to purify ourselves to be ready for Christ’s return!  (Titus 2:11-15)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)  As heirs of the hope of eternal life, we live like it!  Test your walk, would others know that you are expecting Jesus to come for you today?

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