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Therefore Finale

Practice these things and you will not stumble“: 2 Peter 1:10

and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 2 Peter 1:7 NASB

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (outdo one another in showing honor.) Now as to the love of the brethren, we ourselves are taught by God to love one another. By God’s Word and our Teacher, the Holy Spirit abiding in us. We have been anointed with the receiving of the Holy Spirit of God who teaches us about all things, and is true and is not a lie. We have been taught to abide in Him. Abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. Romans 12:10/1 Thessalonians 4:9/1 John 2:27-28 NASB

So to know that you know that you know . . .

Read God’s word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; practice what you have learned; and abide in Jesus. Abide in His righteousness, His power, His way. Work together with brothers and sisters in Christ, fulfilling what God set us apart for, His purpose.

ūüĆĻIf you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:29 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Recommended reading: John 15

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The Therefore #2

Practice these things and you will not stumble“: 2 Peter 1:10

and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2 Peter 1:6

Knowlege of Jesus Christ. Knowing that He is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but through Jesus, the Son. Knowing that the Holy Spirit abides in us, the believer. Did you know that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit? By the power of the living God dwelling in us we have self-control to persevere in our sanctification. Let us persevere in disciplining ourselves for the purpose of godliness which is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Be in the word regularly and let us practice living what we learn.
Galatians 5:23/1 Timothy 4:7-8 NASB

And let us not forget:

ūüĆĻseeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3 NASB

By the power of Christ living in us!!

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

No Better Living

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2:11‭-‬14 NASB

The “grace of God has appeared”! Appeared in Jesus Christ who brought salvation! How blessed the believer is!!

Besides salvation, Jesus came to instruct for today. “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,”
Jesus gave His life for us “to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” Hallelujah!!! To know Jesus and to serve Him zealously is a wonderful and joyous privilege!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NASB

To live for Jesus is a blessing. We walk with Him “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,”

ūüĆĻWalking in godliness, serving God as we look for His return.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

What Are You Professing?

They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.         Titus 1:16 NASB

What are people in the world seeing in you? Do they see themselves? Living life in discontent, fear, greed, selfishness, pride, disobedience?

Or do they see Jesus? Contentment, peace, godliness, righteousness, giving, loving, mercy, grace, obedience – the qualities of Christ living, abiding in you?

Is God’s word planted in your heart? Is He your constant companion? Are you fully aware of His presence throughout your day? Are you clothed in His righteousness? Obedient at all cost to His will, His plan, His purpose?

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 1 John 2:4 NASB

A sure gauge, plumbline to assess ourselves. Jesus is the Truth. If He is abiding in you then obedience to God will be evident. The Holy Spirit enables us to be obedient to His word, His commandments, His will and His purpose.

Without Him we are nothing, able to do nothing. With Christ in us we are able to be content whatever the situation, be fearless in the unknown because we are secure in the One who knows all and able to be obedient.

ūüĆĻ Are others seeing Jesus in you?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Knowledge of God and Jesus Christ

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; — 2 Peter 1:2

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. — John 17:3

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, — Philippians 3:8

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. — 2 Peter 1:3

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. — 2 Peter 3:18

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Stumbling Block

It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or¬†to do anything¬†by which your brother stumbles. — Romans 14:21

Are you willing to do without for the good of another? Is their godly walk important to you? Does another’s spiritual wellbeing take priority over your physical wellbeing?

Your life affects others if you are an ambassador for Christ Jesus.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Problem With The World

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties¬†and¬†prayers, petitions¬† and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,¬†for kings and all who are in¬†authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and¬†dignity.¬†This is good and acceptable in the sight of¬†God our Savior,¬†who desires all men to be saved and to¬†come to the¬†knowledge of the truth.¬†— 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Yesterday’s devotional spoke of obeying, submitting authority to our leaders — politicians of our country. It told of the grumbling and verbal dissatisfaction we have with them. My question is (actually two) — Am I praying for my leaders? Am I being a good witness before men in my verbiage and actions toward the leaders of my country?

The problem with the world today is too much focus on what our world leaders are doing wrong instead of praying for them. The answer for a quiet and tranquil life? Jesus Christ. Salvation and knowledge of Him and in obedience He can change the condition of the hearts of world leaders, those in authority and even the hearts of those who vote.

The problem is not our politicians. The problem is we have left our first love and obedience to Him.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Wrath

For¬†the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who¬†suppress the truth¬†in unrighteousness,¬†because¬†that which is known about God is evident¬†within them; for God made it evident to them. — Romans 1:18-19

God makes Himself noticeable to His creation. He gives us such mercy and grace in searching for Him. He is not hidden from the one who seeks. Seek Him today to avoid the wrath that will come to the ungodly and unrighteous. The wrath to prevail on the one who withholds the truth.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Hope

It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. — 1 Timothy 4:9-10

“Godliness is profitable for all things” is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. As we saw in yesterday’s devotional, godliness holds the promise for the present life as well as the life to come. Because of the hope we have in Jesus Christ we labor and strive for godliness. It is He who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,*

We need to fix our hope on the living God. The Lord Jesus who rose from the grave and is alive and working in our lives. He is the Savior of all, especially believers. Seek the Lord Jesus everyday in everything you do and allow Him to do a good work in you, the work of righteousness and godliness. Seek Jesus, our only hope.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

* — 2 Corinthians 2:10;

Godliness Holds Promise

for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. — 1 Timothy 4:8

Bodily discipline can make you healthier, stronger, more flexible, thinner, and/or feel better overall. BUT, no matter how disciplined you are physically, it will not get you to heaven. Physical activity relieves stress, refreshes the mind and gets the blood pumping which is great. BUT, it holds no promise for the life to come.

It’s not about quitting exercise and spending all our time seeking godliness. Just like living for Jesus is living Christ in all we do it is practicing godliness in all we do. Over the last year and a half I started exercising and lost 65 pounds. During this time I drew closer and closer to the Lord. How? When I took my 2-4 mile walks I prayed. I communed with God. I sought godliness from the Master of godliness. I experienced (and still do) what it must have been like for Adam and Eve or Elijah.

I benefited from my walks because I felt better and lost weight but it does not compare to the awesome walk I am having with the Almighty God of the universe!!!! My healthier lifestyle just adds to the ability I now have to serve Him more diligently.

My body is more physically disciplined now but it will still die one day. My walk with God is beneficial for me now and will continue into eternity. I envision talking with God as Elijah did and walk right into heaven. Now that holds promise for the life to come.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon