Daily Devotional in Titus 2

Daily Nugget:
The world is unconsciously looking for reliable examples to follow. Because of that need for guidance, Christians have many eyes on them watching how they react in certain situations. If those observing eyes see them react favorably, it is a boon for the Christian beliefs and lifestyle. If unfavorable reactions are seen, it weighs negatively on other’s feelings toward Christianity.

Keeping this responsibility in mind, Paul reminded Titus how important it is for all Christians to make a difference in the community around them.

We are not just here to be saved, and soak up the goodness of God, but to be a testimony for Christ. Paul reminded three groups of their responsibilities. He addressed the:

Elderly men to “…be sober [calm], grave [serious], temperate [moderate in the indulgence of appetites and passions], sound in faith, in charity, in patience” (vs. 2). It is important for the older generations to help mold characters and temperaments. We teach most of the time by o…

Daily Devotional in Titus 1

Daily Nugget:
In giving pastoral advice to another preacher, Titus, Paul shows us that we can often face what the early church had to be careful of. Early churches had to be careful of false teachers undermining the real work of God.

Paul’s warnings to Titus can help us identify some of the false preaching and teaching that go on in pulpits today. Some of the tell-tale signs of a “false preacher” include:

They are preaching things that they should not preach or teach. Perhaps some of what came from the pulpit was not even biblical, as happens too often in many pulpits today. Somehow what was said was often motivated by the preacher’s desire just to make more money for himself (vs. 11)Much of what was said ruined families. Perhaps unwise preaching brought division, rather than unity in families and caused problems (vs. 11). It may also have been doctrines that encouraged families to leave their church, and the result was that they stopped attending church altogether. Their having their …

Daily Devotional in II Timothy 4

Daily Nugget:
The battle for living a godly life does not end when one is saved. It often just begins when one trusts Christ as Saviour; especially if one is determined to live an obedient, Christian life. Some succumb to the temptations of this world and lose their love for the things of God. Demas, spoken of in verse 10, was one such causality.
“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” II Timothy 4:10

For a while, Demas was a faithful, fellow-laborer in Christ (Col. 4:14, Philemon 1:24) alongside Paul. Paul relied on Demas to help reach the lost. Like countless millions, however, the allure of this world caught his eye and lured him away from his main purpose in life.

Since I have been saved, I have seen many Demas’s. They got saved and started sitting next to us in a pew. They never missed preaching. When the doors of the church were opened, they were there. As the preacher preached, t…

Daily Devotional in II Timothy 3

Daily Nugget:
Paul warns us that in the last days of the church, sin will be rampant. He lists 19 different sins (vss. 2-5). All of these iniquities have always been committed by individuals throughout history. In the last days, however, the commission of these sins will change civilization, and they will be committed without guilt or restraint. Although no man knows exactly when the Lord will return for His church, one has to admit that the prominence and rampant involvement of the sins listed in this chapter describe today’s spiritual condition very well.

One particular sin has done so much damage to the cause of Christ and Christian living. It may look Christian; it may use religious and Christian vocabulary. Perhaps it may even involve many doing things that are biblically correct, but it is very deceptive and dangerous. It is watered-down, liberal Christianity. It is a “… form of godliness, but denying the power thereof …” (vs. 5), and it is doing so much damage in the world toda…

Daily Devotional in II Timothy 2

Daily Nugget:
One of the most important responsibilities all Christians have is to study the Scriptures forChurch is important, and one can learn quite a lot from the man of God in the pulpit, but it is up to us to study and learn what the Word of God says.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15

II Timothy 2:15 teaches us five things about studying the Word of God:

We get God’s approval when we think it is important enough to study what God has recorded for us in the Bible’s preserved words. Notice that the words God used are “study” and not “read”. We are to delve into it like we want to pass life’s tests and know God’s mind. It is the only source that will help us get through life’s difficulties and know more about the Father. Reading is a shallower, less urgent, and less purposeful approach of a subject. Studying takes time, rereading, comparing Scripture with Scripture, and a…

Daily Devotional in II Timothy 1

Daily Nugget:
A parent’s influence is one of the most important guiding forces in a child’s life. Their habits and lifestyles often mold the direction of the young life in their care. Countless numbers of young people have lived a life of ruin because of their improper training, or lack of any guidance at all. Multitudes, however, have also lived a fruitful, content life because of the proper guidance from their parents.

Timothy, the young man to whom Paul was writing, was a product of a godly upbringing. Not much is said about his father, other than that he was a Greek, but Timothy had a godly heritage. His grandmother, Lois, started the chain of events that would affect several generations (vs. 5). She apparently got saved, and raised her daughter, Eunice, in the ways of the Lord. Eunice, in turn, raised her son, Timothy, with godly principles and upbringing. The result was a godly young man that God used.

A child always has a mind of his own, and can always choose to not obey and f…

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 6

Daily Nugget:
Despite popular opinion, having wealth is not the way to happiness. Also, despite some
“religious” teachers, God does not necessarily want everyone rich. Wealth brings its own set of problems; many of them being spiritual.

The danger of having much is that with it comes many temptations (vs. 9). It is easy to covet more. Few wealthy people stop after reaching their initial goal of possessions. They often desire “just a little more”. Covetousness soon is a driving force in their life. It is not long after that a “love” for money develops, and that is where many get lost in what is really important in life.

Many say, “If I had money, I would not be tempted.” Although that is possible, look around and see what destruction having a lot has caused others:

Many put a priority on keeping what they have over spending time with their families and doing what is really important in this life. “I have to go to work this weekend to pay the bills for what we have.” Work becomes their m…

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 5

Daily Nugget:
If you have ever sat in the front office of a church for any amount of time, you would find many coming through the door expecting a handout. Perhaps because the government passes out so much of other people’s money to them, they expect the church to do the same thing. Although many churches do help others, there is not a lot of scriptural basis for doing so.

As Paul said earlier in II Thessalonians 3, it is right for all that can, to work. In no way did he suggest to give charity to everyone as is done today.

To get a better idea of the early church’s view on giving, examine the restrictions that were given to one group of people they did try to help — widows. They did not just hand out their support to anyone that came through the door claiming to be a widow. To help them the widow had to be:

Unsupported, because she had no family to help her (vss. 4, 8, 16).A saved and godly women (vs. 5) known for a prayer life of praying night and day.At least 60 years old (vs. 9). Y…