Sunday, September 8, 2019

A PURE HEART

Today’sĀ Reading: 2 Timothy 2

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

A modern day Roman soldier stands guard at the Palazzo del Quirinale – the President’s residence in Rome.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:15, 22b

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth…but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

Today’s reading continues the military manual for spiritual warfare. “Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2:3). “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life” (2:4). Our weapon of choice is “The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:17b). “The Word of God is not chained” (2:9b). We are “not to strive about words to no profit.” Let us keep to God’s Word and not become caught up in conspiracy theories, etc. “Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2:23). Finally, God approves of those who “rightly divide the Word of Truth” (2:15b). In division in mathematics, there are several factors. Remember the divisor, etc.? Even so, comparing Scripture with Scripture will help us learn “TRUTH”…rightly divided.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray, as I often heard my Father pray as we would kneel after breakfast around the kitchen table, “Father God, may the smile of Your approval be on my life this new day.” In Jesus’ Name I ask this mercy, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

My Dad in his prayer would often quote the couplet, “Heaven came down our souls to greet, and glory crowns the mercy seat.” God is seated in mercy toward all who have confessed their sin, repented with godly sorrow, and turned away from sin. What great assurance!!!

For some reason as I read today’s Scriptures, I thought of the time when Norma-Jean and I, along with our four children, were in a tough place financially. I was offered a job selling pots and pans from door to door in order to supplement our $25.00 per week salary from the church. The Scripture about not “entangling” myself came to mind. I determined to spend even more time visiting from door to door with the message of Jesus than I would have spent trying to sell pots and pans. The result was that more people began attending services and the offerings grew to more than I could have ever made in sales. When we brought in a new Pastor we were able to pay him $60.00 per week!

Yours for being “diligent” in the reading of God’s Word,

David

Palazzo del Quirinale – the President’s residence in Rome. Someone said, “Let us make Jesus, not just resident in our lives, but PRESIDENT, in charge of our lives.”

10 thoughts on “Sunday, September 8, 2019

  1. Praying for the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the fires šŸ”„ in California, and for the peace of Jerusalem. Upheaval in many countries, upcoming elections, changes in society that affect us all, – we must be strong soldiers as the Lord instructs us to be. ā€œI Go to the Rock of My Salvationā€, He will sustain us.

  2. Amen Doreen and Blessed. Thanking God that Dorion didn’t touch us much here where I live except for a little rain but prayers for those who are affected.

  3. PRAISE THE LORD! I also enjoy this blog and all the postings; I pray that those who are in need of healing that the Lord will heal them completely;
    please pray the Lord sends the right person to rent out the back room; I am thankful that I could do some weeding today; I continue to praise and thank the Lord for my home, my car, removing smoking & alcohol from me and gave me swimming;
    bless my family; praying the Lord will increase my finances
    ALL PRAISE AND THANKS TO THE LORD FOR THE RAIN; HOPEFULLY ALL FIRES ARE OUT AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND ALL OTHER RESCUE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO REST FOR AWHILE. ALL THANKS TO THE LORD FOR THOSE WHO TOOK TRAINING TO FIGHT FIRES AND DISASTERS THANK YOU LORD AMEN AMEN AMEN

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