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Daily Devotional in Titus 2

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
themselves.
“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

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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

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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

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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…

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 4

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Many of the problems the early church faced are very much a problem today. They had to deal with many that departed from the faith and followed “seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (vs. 1). Being this is the “latter times” (vs. 1) Paul spoke of, today this problem is very present.

People, then and now claim to be Christians. They may be; they may not be. At first, they
make a profession of salvation and start doing something for the Lord. It is not long, and they are nowhere to be found.

Why did they wander away from trying to live for the Lord? They may not have been really saved and were only going through “religious” motions. If they were truly saved, then they are still saved; but they may have been “seduced” by demonic spirits.

Perhaps those spirits caused their feelings to be hurt, or offended their pride. They may have faced an overwhelming temptation and succumbed to it. There are thousands upon thousands of ways a man can be trapped in running the opposi…

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 3

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This chapter describes the qualifications of church leaders: bishops and deacons. The bishop described here is not much like the ceremonial, denominational church heads that
we see today. That type of leader is not biblical. The ones described here are leaders of a local church. Nowhere does the Bible speak of a leader to be over multiple churches.

“Bishop” described here is the spiritual overseer and director of a local, assembly of believers. We would call him a pastor or preacher today.
Here we read of 16 biblical qualifications to be a pastor. They are:

Blameless. A pastor is to be above reproach with an exceptional, Christian testimony.Husband of one wife. The New Testament leader of a church should have one living wife. This also defines the leader as being male; as only men should (biblically) have a wife.Vigilant. He is to ever watch his flock to keep them from danger. He should be the warner of false doctrines and of the snares that often destroy Christian testi…

The new Bible View.

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This week's Bible View is now available at http://openthoumineeyes.com/views19/BibleView688.pdf. The theme for this edition is "A Christian's Example".

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 2

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“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5

What wonderful news it must have been to the Jews, who were used to Old Testament worship when they first learned they could go to God themselves in prayer. Before Jesus’ death on the cross, they had to have priests go to God as middlemen for them. After the sacrificial death of Christ, they could enter the “Holiest of Holies”, the closest place any many could be to God, by themselves through their prayers (I Timothy 2:1).

However, then and even today, there are still many that believe they cannot go to God themselves. These folks still, if they realize it or not, are attempting to worship the way it was done in Old Testament times. Some go to a “priest” in a confessional and tell him their sins. With his words, and doing what he tells them to do, they believe he can order their sins forgiven. They are trusting the “priest” to be their mediator between them and God. There are…

Daily Devotional in I Timothy 1

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This epistle was written by Paul to Timothy. The preacher considered Timothy a spiritual son (vs. 2). Like any father, spiritual or parental, Paul wanted to give the younger man some good advice. His advice included:

That the young man stays in Ephesus (vs. 3). The elder could see the need in that city for a good, strong man of God. Paul knew he could trust Timothy for the task.That Timothy would encourage the Ephesian Christians to stick to the doctrines Paul had taught them earlier (vs. 3). Often when a good preacher starts a church and teaches proper doctrine there are those that later come teaching contrary teachings.

Apparently, that was a danger the church was facing. Paul knew trustworthy Timothy could help stamp out teachings that were not Scriptural, and those that could also weaken a growing church.That Timothy would refute some false teachings (“fables”), that were already doing some damage in the ministry (vs. 4).That Timothy would also show the people that th…

Daily Devotional in II Thessalonians 3

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Today, especially among Christians, there is a desire to feed and meet the needs of those
that do not have. In some instances, there is more of a concern to feed and clothe people than there is the concern for their souls. Paul, however, shed a different view on such a practice of helping others. He said plainly, “… that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (vs. 10). That would shut down welfare and other the government hand-outs, very quickly! Our modern idea of welfare is not biblical and healthy for any person or society.

We have so many today that can but will not, work. Their hand goes out for someone to help them when, in too many instances, they will not do for themselves what they could. They are willing to take someone else’s money to meet their needs, rather than work to provide for their own.

Immediately, there are angry voices justifying others’ refusal to work. “Well, there are many that can’t find work now!” I agree; it is rough. I know the feeling…