What stands out for us in our life is God’s word. Creations including all the heavenly and earthly bodies are great and beyond our imagination. We become awestruck when we encounter such magnificent things. Do you know what created all these awesome things? It is His Word alone. The Psalmist says, “ I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word “ (Psalm 138:2 ESV).
It is a pure instruction for a younger person involved with God’s ministry. Anybody committed to the work of the gospel of Christ is bound to listen to this piece of time tested advice. If we have denied ourselves…taking up his cross and following the Lord Jesus, we need to show these qualities …
Paul motivates Titus to be a model of good works in the Assembly of God and his elect. In 1 Timothy 4:12, Timothy is intructed to be a person who should not be despised of his youth, but should set the members an example in speech, conduct, love, faith and in purity. Thus we can only reach out our own brothers and sisters in Christ and preach the gospel of Christ when we maintain our words, deeds and thoughts in a Christ-centered fashion.
Paul emphasises on Titus’ godly teaching that stems from his life that clearly demonstrates his cent percent devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is clear that we should live out our gospel-entered faith in the society so that God may be glorified. Our quiet and calm life coupled with the Word driven decision making life style can draw many closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
King Solomon, the wisest of all humans ever lived with God’s grace on the earth talks about restraining our spoken and written words. There are four important words or phrases here: “restrains, knowledge, cool spirit and understanding.” All these four expressions bear the mark of god fearing attitude and outlook.
Eugene H. Peterson in The Message translation states like this: “The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm” (Proverbs 17:27 MSG). Solomon’s words may seem common and secular; however, we can learn a great truth about it considering the fear of the Lord. The same author says, “… Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:9-10). If we are not righteous or godly saved by the atonement of Christ, we will end up saying a lot in words that are worldy and ungodly. And those words will lack God’s insight. As a result, these empty words reveal our nature that we are not god fearing. What else can you expect from the ungodly except …“the works of the flesh: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, …“(Galatians 5:19-21 ESV).
It is His mere grace that we live under the Lord’s guidance and we are so privileged to have His written words in the form of the Bible. Let’s spend our days in meditating upon the Scriptures.
Who are considered “the righteous” according the Lord Jesus Christ? Who will shine like the sun in the kingdom of God? Why would the Lord Jesus say that ‘who has ears, let him hear.’? Let’s focus on these three questions.
The Psalmist addresses all the people who wait for the Lord God. His motivation is devotional and relational. He touches upon two essential aspects of human control system: mind and heart. These two areas of our life play a foundational role in establishing a rich and satisfying relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. King Solomon says, “ Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. …(Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV)
The prophet Jeremiah states, “ Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, …(Jeremiah 9:23 ESV) When David was handing the charge to his son Solomon, he said, “ “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. (1 Chronicles 28:9 ESV)
In all these three discourses, the godly men like Solomon, Jeremiah and David with their wholehearted sense and sensibilities have given importance to one thing in life: giving our heart and mind to the Lord Jesus Christ. If our thoughts, desires and understanding are not subject to the gospel of Christ, our behavioural patterns will not be conformed to the likeness of Christ; the inmost desires of our heart will be tempered with the worldly scholarship, and we finally end up with trusting our ways and means.
St. Paul encourages us to not to give up on something that is vital to our Bible believing life. This Bible believing life propels us to confess the Lord Jesus Christ our only hope. And the Lord enables us to press forward to such a Christ centred hope without any second thoughts.
We do hold fast to our second thoughts, because we are bent upon our efforts to move towards repentance. We take pleasure in giving more weights to our manmade ordinance than believing in the done deal of the Lord Jesus Christ. What can take away our sins if not the blood of Jesus Christ? Who can forgive our transgressions if not our Lord Jesus Christ? It is neither law nor rituals instituted by worship Centers that deliver us from our sins and offer salvation. It is the sacrificial atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ that has brought Salvation to us.
Our God designs a specific plan for all of us, because He has chosen us to be His elect or nation before the foundation of the world. It is very sad to focus more on the worldy affairs and determine our course of action in the future. When Our Lord Jesus holds our future, we try our best to live out our daily life conforming to the patterns of the world. We need to understand the fact that nobody can change the plan of God that He has already designed for His people. Thus the chosen ones should come back to the Lord Jesus and submit their will. As Paul states in Hebrew 12:1-2, let us set aside our old manner of life and embrace the Christ-fashioned life so that we can fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus and run for the sake of the gospel of Christ. If it is not our primary goal, we will soon end up with corrupt and deceitful dreams and desires. We will pledge our allegiance to deny the Lord Jesus and his precious gospel of the truth. Our very life will be filled with compromises and all inclusive kind of secular attitudes toward the risen Saviour.
We may not know the entire design of our life, but He knows about it. Many things may seem coincidental to our mind, but God is behind every aspect of our life. All we can do is to obey His commandments and leave the consequences to Christ. As a fact of the matter, the Lord Jesus Christ sees the beginning from the end and He has the clear picture of any outcome or results in regards to earthly and eternal lives. God is certain about His peoples’ life on earth, because He has predestined us, called us, justified us and has glorified us. What a great privilege it is! He has already done a great thing in our life. It means He has saved us to be His people and His nation. What more good things do we want?
This verse addresses two key points: those who are poor in spirit blessed and they own the kingdom of heaven. Who is considered the poor in spirit? How does the kingdom of heaven belong to them? Thus our Lord Jesus is concerned about ‘the poor-in-spirit-condition’ and ‘kingdom-of-heaven-state’.
Our Lord God is known for his quality of being morally right, blamelessness, honesty, sinlessness, and irreproachability. He is for fair-mindedness, impartialness, and for lack of prejudice. Our God is not empowered by all these attributes, because they are not defined by human beings. His nature is morally upright, honest, sinless, irreproachable, fair-minded, impartial and unbiased.