At times, we make poor choices and allow them to define who we are, causing us to live in a downward spiral with one destructive choice after another. We put away our faith and shipwreck our life.
However, we can also hold on to our faith with a good conscience and to please the Lord (1 Timothy 1:19). We share our faith, have charity toward others and live in sober purity.
I am not referring to somber holiness without enjoying life, but sober and Biblical living in thoughts, words and conduct (1 Timothy 2:15, 4:12). Our ways please the Lord and we do not sin against Him or dishonor His holy name (Psalm 23:3).
We gain our self-image and fulfillment from His presence in our life and we follow His will for our career, relationships and all of our decisions.
If church leaders are responsible in their office and have boldness in their faith, following Biblical doctrines, they earn for themselves a commendation from the Lord (1 Timothy 3:13, 4:6; Titus 2:2).
They provide for their own family and cling to their first love and faith (1 Timothy 5:8, 12). They keep worldly riches in proper perspective, as a source of provision rather than to be coveted as their first priority (1 Timothy 6:10).
There is a temptation for all of us to allow seducing spirits to water down our faith through demonic doctrines. We compromise with sin and allow it to squeeze through the cracks in our faith.
For instance, we do not want unsaved friends and relatives condemned to eternal destruction, so we reject the truth of God’s Word that Jesus is the only way (1 Timothy 4:1).
God calls all of His children to run from ungodliness and to live in holiness, faith, love, patience and meekness; fighting the good fight against sin, the devil and the world; and sharing our sincere faith with others (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 1:5, 2:22, 3:10).
Father God, the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to the whole world, but it does not bear fruit in everyone, because it is not mixed with faith in some of those that hear it (Hebrews 4:2). They condemn themselves to hell by their own unbelief (John 3:18).
Help us to repent from our dead works and to believe in You by faith in the principles of the doctrine of Christ. Our heart’s desire is to press on into perfection and to come to the fullness of an intimate relationship with You now and throughout eternity (Hebrews 6:1).
Thought for the Day:
The holy Word of God makes us wise, helps us to understand our salvation which comes from Jesus Christ, and enables us to finish our course, which God planned for us before the beginning of time. – 2 Timothy 3:15, 4:7; Ephesians 2:10