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
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 theknowledge 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.
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.
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.
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.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. — Matthew 6:33 (NASB)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. — Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
This has been my life verse for over 30 years. Anytime my financial future (could be 5 minutes away) looked dim I would refer to this verse. It is a promise that God has proven over and over and over and over again in my life. That phrase is written in the margin of my Bible.
You see, all I have to do is seek Jesus, His kingdom and righteousness. What a great reward for loving, respecting, worshipping, and honoring our God. Knowing Him I have daily testimonies to share with others. It blows my mind that I have the joy of loving Him and He gives all I need.
Another benefit, reward or blessing (whatever you want to call it) is the peace that comes in trusting those words. I don’t have to worry about having enough gas to get to work or pay the bills or have food to eat, clothes to wear, or shelter. God provides jobs to accomplish these. At times our lives are filled with trials where we don’t see how a need will be met but every time God has kept His promise — many, many times through brothers and sisters in Christ.
1Timothy 4:8 says, “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.” A worthy goal with benefits. So seek Jesus Christ and His righteousness bringing godliness to our lives and receive the promise it holds for us now and forever.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.