Category Archives: Titus

1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13-14; Titus 3

Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.” Titus 3:9-11 NLT

Last Saturday morning I went to a memorial service for my friend’s mom. My friend’s extended family lives in Africa, so she was not able to be there when her mom died. We had a small, peaceful memorial service for her mom next to a lake. The pastor said that my friend’s mom often used the word Unity. I can see this in my friend’s life, as she raises her four girls in a country that is foreign to her. And teaches them to love Jesus…worshiping God through her pain.

Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done… Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.”1 Kings 15:11&14 NLT

Will it be said of me, like Asa, that my heart remained completely faithful to the Lord?

But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not abandoned him…Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have overcome this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let these men prevail against you!” 2 Chronicles 13:10 & 14:11 NLT

The word unity, is one I have been hearing a lot lately. Sometimes I can get too familiar with it, that I forget that’s what Jesus calls me to. I think about how easy it is for me to get pulled into the world’s ways. I need to rely on His power to look past my earthly vision and preconceived notions, into someone’s heart. When I think too highly of myself, I need to remember where He has brought me from. Like Asa, cry out to Him to save me.

When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:5-8 NLT

Dear Jesus, help me to love others like you love them. To show kindness instead of hate…turn the other cheek… pray for my enemies. I give you all the glory. Amen.

Amy (amyctanner)

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1 Kings 13-14, 2 Chronicles 12, Psalm 47, Titus 2

Just as every passage in the bible relates to our current day and time, so does this particular scripture here in Titus. In fact, this exact passage has been on my heart for some time now. Recently, a thread on Facebook in a ladies group from church showed just how important, relevant and needed this scripture is right now in our homes, communities and churches. A friend’s posted request seemed innocent and humble; “I need a mentor. Is anyone interested?” That post stirred up 147 responses and lead to an almost immediate response and call to action for ladies of all ages from college girls to new mamas all the way up to the churches most seasoned gals. Teaching, training and mentoring in this day and age is lost but the Holy Spirit is stirring hearts like never before and calling people to action.

As I read Paul’s words in Titus it’s as if he is speaking directly to us. Our culture and society is so turned around that even in our Christian communities it’s easy to get confused and off track. It is easy to stray from sound doctrine because it’s harder and harder to find, understand and discern. As I break down this passage, I look at who he’s speaking to, what  and where, why and how it will be accomplished.

The Who

The call is for everyone- “older” men and women. We are all older than someone! At all ages and stages of our lives we should be mentored and mentoring.

The What

Paul is calling on mentors to live godly, self-controlled lives as an example to others, teach sound doctrine and teach the younger generations to do the same.

When and Where

IN THIS PRESENT AGE! That meant in Titus’ time and in ours.

The Why

Don’t miss this: “That the word of God may not be reviled” “So that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”

The How

How will we accomplish this? By the grace of God!

“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

 

Father, help us to “declare this things, exhort and rebuke with all authority those things in our culture that are not true. Help us with our actions, attitude and behavior that in everything, your word is not reviled. Give us teachers and mentors that will speak into our lives and hearts training us in your truth and help us to seek out the younger generation to come alongside and train, encourage and love. Let no one disregard you! Amen.

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1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10-11; Titus 1

Google.  YouTube.  Blogs.  Podcasts.  Books.  Bible studies.  Churches.  So many voices.  A voice inside me whispers, “Be careful.”

Things are so different today than when Paul wrote his letter to Titus.  Yet things are also the same.

“For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.” (Titus 1:10)

There are still many rebellious people, many talkers and deceivers.

I have access within seconds to the voices of people from all over the world.  I have access to teachings on everything.  But how many of these teachings are deceptive?  Which ones are truth?  This is both the good news and the bad news of being a Christian today in the United States.  I have access to truly awesome teachings that could lead me into a richer relationship with Jesus.  I can also get ahold of false teachings that could lead me down dangerous paths.

In Crete, where Titus was working, the “circumcision group” was evidently a big problem.  In our culture, some groups are easily identified as problematic, as deceivers.  But others are not so easy.

I yearn to know Jesus better.  My heart pulls me toward Him.  I read the Scriptures.  I meditate on, or think about, the Scriptures.  I pray.  I try to be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit.  I learn more about Jesus through trusted followers of Jesus, my community.  All of these things I believe are good.

Yet, I need more.  I need teachers to lead me.  Teachers who are truly followers of Jesus, whose hearts and minds are turned toward Him.  Teachers who have been blessed by God with the ability to turn the difficult into the understandable.

Lord, I want know You.  Thank you for easy access to teachings about You.  Lead me to the teachers and teachings that reveal Your truth.  Give me discernment to recognize the difference between truth and deception.  Keep me from listening to rebellious people, the false teachers.  Amen

Diona

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I Kings 15; II Chronicles 13-14; Titus 3

Titus 3:4,5 “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…”

I Kings 15:11, 14 “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did his father David…his heart was loyal to the Lord all his days.”

II Chronicles 14:4 [Asa] “commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.”  He prayed, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude…”

It is one thing to read about God’s lovingkindness toward man and another thing to experience the benefits of living as one of God’s children.  One of the benefits that never cease to amaze me is the call from a friend when I desperately need someone to talk with. Getting bogged down with the details of making a living or performing an obligation can challenge my will power and my desire to share my burdens with others; yet having the support and godly encouragement of friends and family strengthens me to continue doing the next right thing.

Another benefit I experience comes from recognizing the extraordinary example of God’s provision seen through the ‘coincidences’ that turn around what appears to be a disaster on the horizon. Time after time when hope had seemed lost and my anxiety had heightened too dangerously close to unbelief, these unexpected gifts (sometimes even given through strangers) are dropped in my lap. These interventions outside of my influence remind me that God has no limits to what He can and will do for His children.  Such was the case recently when God provided at just the right time the financial means that were much needed. Without my knowledge, a blessing was waiting to be delivered, and all I knew to pray was that whatever happened, I would be dependent on God.

As special as these reminders are to me of acts of good works that demonstrate the love of God, I am always humbled that He chose to include me in His plan for doing good works. Though I try to live a life of obedience to God and the rulers and authorities of the land, my good intentions are often interrupted by the common sins to all.  Yet, even though I stumble instead of walking a perfect understanding of what God has planned, He makes it possible to receive His blessings through His most gracious gift of all – His great love for us. He loves us, and this not because of anything we have done right or wrong.  He loves us because He chooses to do so. He is the Lord who does not fret over the fears I cry out to Him, and He never withdraws His Spirit from me. He shows kindness, love, mercy, and power, and I just have to rest on Him even though I’ve done nothing to deserve His care.  How wonderful is this God we serve who loves us and who makes us “His heirs according the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7)

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1 Kings 13-14; 2 Chronicles 12; Psalm 47; Titus 2

The grace of God is defined as:

a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

My life is defined by this grace: from the moment of birth, through God’s pursuit of my soul, to my decision to follow Jesus, right up to the moment I take my last breath. And yet as a believer, I can jump off the grace train and get on board with works; it’s not long before I find myself exhausted and empty. The grateful heart is abandoned for one of arrogance that says, “I can get it right.  I am the source of my own goodness.” Godliness can be found in the life that worships God whereas, self righteousness is the hard hearted state of self worship.

When I understand the ugliness of my sin and then find myself to be the object of God’s fierce love, I want more of him and mysteriously, am changed. I may find myself slipping away at times, but the arms of God are long and reach out to embrace.

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… Titus 2:11-13.

Paul understands the dance between grace and godliness. As a follower of Jesus, grace takes the hand of godliness and leads me right to the Father’s will:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship created in christ Jesus to do good works, which god prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10.

Lord, thank you for the grace you have given me today. Forgive me for taking my eyes off of you and focusing on my own dance steps. Help me to hold tight to your hand and trust your leading. May I wonder at your invitation to dance and enjoy the security of your embrace. Amen.

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