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A look at how pride stops us from being humble, corrected and blessed through God's discipline. Secondly in the life of Sarai as she is found in the state of self-justification.
Stay focused on the mission before you! Paul addresses Timothy...And You Timothy as one called to engage daily in spiritual warfare cannot afford to get distracted by everyday affairs of the Roman Empire ...(v. 1) hold to the divine truths of God's word that I have taught you; (v. 2) fulfill the great commission of the church through the making of disciples by teaching faithful men to obey all that Christ gave us and pass it on to others. Now in verses 3-4 he uses the metaphor of a soldier which all within the Roman Empire would understand ... and in vs 5 he uses an example that all within the Greek culture would understand ... that of an athlete.
A look at how pride stops us from being humble, corrected and blessed through God's discipline. Firstly in the life of Hagar as she is found despising others.
Mandates, by definition, are absolutes. They are not up for debate, and they do not change. There is no room for opinion nor preference. They require one thing...obedience.
"When you fast"... Jesus expected his followers to fast. He knew that this spiritual discipline was essential to our Christian life. Jesus says that the Father will reward us for what He sees in our hearts. What does He see? How does He reward? How do we fast appropriately and with the right motivation.
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. We display our commitment to this truth by giving to the poor, prayer, and fasting. Today we explore the connection of spiritual disciplines with true freedom through the journey of fasting. By fasting, we non-verbally "confess" that there are spiritual realities - more real than the physical realities all around us
To aid Titus and the Cretan churches in appointing qualified elders so that the churches are properly ordered, Paul, in vv. 6-9, sets forth three areas where an elder must be “above reproach.” The three areas where a prospective elder must be free of a damaging accusation are his family life, personal life and doctrinal life. In v. 9, Paul sets forth the most important qualification, namely an elder must be above reproach in his doctrinal life.
To aid Titus and the Cretan churches in appointing qualified elders so that the churches are properly ordered, Paul, in vv. 6-9, sets forth three areas where an elder must be “above reproach.” The three areas where a prospective elder must be free of a damaging accusation are his family life, personal life and doctrinal life. The first area a prospective elder must be above reproach is in his family life. He must be the husband of one wife and have faithful children. Second, an elder must not only be able to manage his own marriage and family well (1:6) but he must also be able to manage himself well. Therefore, in vv. 7-8, Paul lists five sinful vices and six godly virtues, which define what it means for an elder to be “above reproach” in his personal life. These eleven qualities, which are evidence of God's transforming grace, are essential to fitness for oversight of God's household.