Bible Devotions

Idle Talk or Edifying to Others

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. 1 Timothy 1:3-7 NKJV

Have you ever known someone who appeared godly but you weren’t quite sure if they were or not?  I once knew a woman who appeared godly.  She not only read the Bible, but she knew many scriptures from memory.  Whenever we spoke, she always brought scripture into the conversation.  On the surface, those things sound okay, don’t they?  However, there seemed to be something dark going on.  There was something I could not quite put my finger on.  I started noticing how her use of scripture always seemed to fit her situation, as though she was interpreting God’s Word to justify her plight.

The Bible teaches us that some will stray from the truth and turn to idle talk.  What is idle talk?  You could say anything which does not build up and edify yourself or others in the truth would be idle talk.  Discussions that cause doubt rather than building up your faith may be another example. Ephesians 4:29 NKJV Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

Today’s scripture says some will want to be teachers of the law, yet not understanding what they say or the things which they affirm.  Look at what the Bible says about the religious folks in Paul’s day.  Romans 17:21 NKJV: “Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?”  Paul was pointing out they may have been confident they were teaching truth, yet they had not really applied what they taught to their own lives.

That’s being hypocritical.  We have to be careful to apply what we learn from the Bible into our lives.  Otherwise, it won’t be beneficial others. Everything we do or say should be done to build up faith, either our own or someone else’s. Therefore, when we speak let it not lead to disputes, doubt or cause conflict among our fellow believers.  What we learn from the Bible must appear in our lives.  We can not encourage another in truth, if we haven’t first applied that truth in our own life.

Lord, thank you for giving us the words of truth.  Thank you for your Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.  May we take your truth and integrate it in our life to become a light and witness for you, which you called us to be.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

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A Plan of Action When Tempted

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15 NKJV

For me, these verses are so clear and straight forward.  Continue to do good, no matter what happens.  If anyone does not obey the Word, don’t hang around them, so they may be ashamed.  But don’t consider them an enemy, but admonish them as a brother.

There are times when we stray from the truth we know.  Your friends may be pleading with you to come back to what is right.  When we do stray, there are many lessons being taught to us.

1) No matter how spiritual you think you are, you can fall just like the rest of them.

Solution: Stay in God’s Word daily and stay in fellowship with other believers, who will help you be accountable. Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

2) Everyone is tempted.  No one is ever free from temptation.  Just because you’re tempted does not mean you have to sin.  You still have a choice to obey God.

Solution: Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

3) Don’t let a slip up keep you from continuing in faith.  You’re on a journey where there are many forks in the road.  You have to make choices along the way.  Some choices will be good ones, like reading God’s Word.  Other choices will not be so good, like skipping church or bible study.

Solution: Don’t be discouraged by your slip up.  We all make mistakes.  We all have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23 NKJV).  Ask God for wisdom to make better decisions and He will give it to you.

Lord, we thank you for your beautiful forgiveness when we make poor choices.  We ask for wisdom to make better choices.  Draw us close to you that we might not sin against you. May your Word dwell in us richly and guide us along your path. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 NKJV

Have you ever watched the t.v. program called “Survivor”?  They take 16 people and put them on a deserted island for 39 days to see who will endure all 39 days without being voted off or going crazy in the process.


When I read today’s scripture verse, it reminded me of an episode where one young man and two young women were not pulling their own weight around camp.  They had no problem eating the food other’s had gathered or caught.  They did not help with any of the real work, like searching for wood, carrying water to camp, fishing, or gathering coconuts. All they did was sit in the little hut, snuggle together and gossip about the rest of the players on the island.

Have you ever known someone who was like that?  They are always eager to criticize, never willing to help anyone and always thinking about themselves.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t especially like being around people like that.

Do you ever feel like that?

However, Matthew 22:39 NKJV tells us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” so my attitude toward people like those described above is anything but loving. Colossians 3:23 NKJV tells us to do everything as if we’re doing to or for the Lord.  That’s great advice.  When we apply this advice, we are more willing to do anything for the Lord, even scrubbing floors, doing laundry, paying bills, going to work, or being loving towards others you don’t feel like loving.


Are you a busybody, unwilling to work?  Are you criticizing others for their lack of work?  Ask Jesus to help change your attitude toward others and focus on your own walk with the Lord.


Father, forgive us for having the wrong attitude towards people.  Help us love them as you love us.  Teach us to “work in quietness and eat our own bread”. Enable us to being willing to do all things as if they are for You. In Jesus’name Amen.


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Lazy or Wise?

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-9 NKJV

Paul was not a burden to anyone. Neither should we be.  Everyone must work, just as Paul worked.  We are responsible for ourselves.  It’s nobody else’s job. There’s plenty of NKJV scripture addressing laziness.

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 19:15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 13:4The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Proverbs 15:19The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.

We can also apply these scriptures to our spiritual walk.  If we become lazy in our relationship with Christ or rely on other’s to feed us spiritual food, we run the risk of spiritual poverty and hunger.   We must be diligent in our own study of God’s Word.


As mentioned earlier we each are responsible for ourselves. This applies to our spiritual welfare as well.  What does scripture say about being wise?  It says scripture makes simple folks wise and tells us how to be wise if we listen to it.  Look at the next two NKJV scriptures:

Psalm 19:7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.

How are you doing with your walk?  Are you relying on someone to feed you spiritual food?  Are you diligent in your quiet times and studying God’s Word? If not, why? What’s stopping you?


Lord, thank you for making us wise through your perfect Word.  Help us to avoid being lazy in any capacity.  Enable us to hear your instruction and be wise.  Amen.

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Pain Along The Journey

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.  But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 NKJV

It’s all about the Lord, isn’t it?  Everything is the Lord’s.  He rules over it all.  He is the one guiding our hearts toward Him.  He gives us our very breathe.  He provides for our every need.  He guards us against the evil one.  We do none of this on our own.

God is faithful.  He will establish you.  This section of scripture reminds me of 1 Peter 5:10: But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”  After you have suffered a while it says.  We can conclude suffering is part of growth journey. There are some things we can never learn without suffering.

In my own journey, I had to suffer the consequences of poor choices.  I had many expectations in life, none of which came out the way I envisioned.  I was disappointed most of the time.  Then, again, I believe most perfectionists are disappointed constantly.  It’s a sad condition to live in.  As I became more critical of others and cynical about life, I resented everyone and I allowed bitterness to take up residence in my heart.  I did not handle things well in the past and it brought me more pain, than I ever imagined.

During times of suffering, God is there, eager to show Himself faithful, loving and kind.  All He asks is we turn to Him, trust Him and He will lead us out of the difficulty, whatever it may be.  I can say He was there for me.  When I finally could stand no more of my life, sobbing in the shower one morning, I prayed “Jesus, I have messed up my life! Help me! The bible says You died for my sins and rose again to give me a new life.  Please come into my life and give me a new life. Amen.”   I did not know how my life could ever be good again, but a wonderful peace came over me anyway.  He was there waiting for me to turn to Him.  He was faithful to answer my prayer.

God will perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.  The bible teaches us this, but the Spirit of God living in us, confirms it in our own lives.  He did for me.  He will for you.  Are you trusting God today?  If not, ask Him to convince you how good He is. He will not disappoint!

Lord, thank you for wanting to come into our lives and heal us from our poor choices.  Thank you for your faithfulness to answer our prayers.  Thank you for dying for our sins and rising again to give us a new life in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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How Did You Hear?

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 NKJV

God chose you for salvation.  He sanctifies you by the Spirit and belief in truth.  He called you by the gospel.  You may have read the gospel on your own, or heard it read to you, or a friend may have told you.  Maybe you stumbled across the gospel over the internet or found a cassette tape of God’s teaching in your car.  However you heard it, God used it to reach you.

For me, I first heard the gospel in Saddleback Church’s Celebrate Recovery program. It was a strange idea to me at first – God came to earth in human flesh, died on the cross to pay for my sins, so I could receive forgiveness and eternal life.  It took time to sink in before I understood the full meaning of it.  (Not that you can fully understand because God’s love is so immense!) It got me started reading the Bible, but couldn’t understand why I always cried while reading it. I soon found and began listening to a Christian radio station that broadcasted Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s program called “The Bible Bus”, which taught the Word of God.   I also started listening to Greg Laurie’s sermons over the internet. It was here that the conversion of my heart occurred.  After hearing this message of forgiveness from multiple sources, it finally reached my heart!!

In February 2000 I gave my heart to Christ. He filled me with His Spirit and led my heart out of captivity!

The point of telling you all this, is simple.  You never know what will reach a lost soul.  It could be when you put your arm around a friend to comfort them.  Or maybe when you read stories to the elderly in a nursing or when you told someone about a radio program that teaches God’s Word.  The medium or vehicle used is not what’s important – it’s the message! In 1 Corinthians 3:6 NKJV Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” We don’t cause people to believe in Christ, God does.  However, God does use our activities to bring them closer so He can change their hearts.

God wants to use you and me to reach the lost.  We can do that in many ways. Are you sharing God’s message with others?  If not, why?

Lord, thank you for leaving heaven to walk the earth as a human, so we could relate to you. Thank you for dying for our sins.  Thank you for setting us free with your forgiveness. Please give us the courage to share your message of grace and hope with others today. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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The Great Restrainer

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12 NKJV

The Holy Spirit is around everywhere and not just inside a believer.  He is present in our world around us.  He holds things together.  Without the Holy Spirit we would live in sheer chaos.  But God is good and sent His Holy Spirit to convict people of their sins, convince people of His truth and to lead the believer in all truth.

Even Jesus reassured us of the Holy Spirit’s coming in John 16:7-15 NKJV: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

Have you ever thought about how the Holy Spirit restrains?  “He will convict the world of sin”, Jesus said.  That conviction is a form of restraining evil.  Every time you’re convicted of sin in your life, praise God for the Holy Spirit is restraining evil!

When I look back at my past life before I came to Christ, I now see evidence of the Holy Spirit in my life.  He was there convicting me of sinful things, which lead me not to do them.  He was guiding me towards a better path.  I was completely unaware of Him at the time, but now I know He was there.  God is so good!  If the Holy Spirit works like that in a non-believer’s life, just imagine the power He has in a believer’s life.


Do you recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?  What about around you? As you watch circumstances unfold in the world around, know the Holy Spirit is there doing His job restraining evil and praise God!

Lord Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  Thank you for working in our lives to restrain evil and lead us back to the right path.  Teach us to depend on You with each breath we take. In Your name, Jesus we ask these things. Amen.

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We Are Not Easily Shaken

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 NKJV

We are not easily shaken.  We have a solid foundation of Christ that cannot be removed. We are sealed in Him forever. Therefore, let no one deceive you.  Many will try to deceive you.  Don’t worry, you have God’s Holy Spirit in you, to guide you into all truth.

How can I be sure I won’t be deceived?

First, put your trust in Jesus Christ, trusting Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Recognize that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:32 NKJV) and the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23 NKJV).  Pray a simple prayer like:  Lord, I believe your Word, I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.  Please come into my life and save me. Amen.  If you prayed and really mean it, then welcome to the family of God.  You are now a child of God, saved by grace extended through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.  You now have a new life which comes from being raised again, just as Christ was raised to life on the third day after His death.  2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  And, that means you are new!

Second, read God’s Word regularly to understand what God has revealed to us. Psalm 119:9-10 NKJV says “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”  See what God has already said in His Word, then apply it in your life.  For God has said he loves obedience more than sacrifice.

Third, pray for wisdom and discernment in all things.  James 1:5 NKJV says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  God honors your decisions.  When you decide to trust Him, putting faith in Him, and asking Him to provide for you, He will answer your prayer.

God’s Word says people will try to deceive us, but we don’t need to worry as long as we have given our lives to Christ, study God’s Word and pray for His wisdom.  Have you given your life to Him yet?  What are you waiting for?  Trust Him and you won’t be disappointed.


Lord, thank you for saving me and making me a new creation in Christ. Thank you for guiding us with your Word and Your Holy Spirit.  Thank you that we are not deceived because we trust You.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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A Worthy Servant

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NKJV

How do we know God will count us worthy of our calling?  Since I don’t think he’s referring to our salvation here, it may be directed more at how we use choose to our gifts, talents and resources.

Let’s read the story of the talents in Matthew 25:14-29 NKJV:

““For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.  ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”

We each are given certain gifts, talents, abilities, resources, etc and we are expected to put those to good use.  God wants us to use those things to further His kingdom.  No matter we have been given, it should be applied to kingdom building purposes.   We certainly don’t want to be found like the lazy servant in the story!

How are you using your talents for God’s glory?  Are you using it wisely and bearing godly fruit? Or are you hiding your talents out of fear?  If you’re not using them, ask God to reveal it and heal your wounds so you can start building God’s Kingdom.

Dear gracious Lord, thank you for giving us special abilities, talents and resources to be used for your kingdom.  Lead us this day how we may expand your kingdom and use our resources for your purposes instead of for selfish gain.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Equipped and Commissioned

since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 NKJV

The righteousness of God is sometimes difficult to understand.  When that conflict occurs, we need to remember, He is God and we are not.  We do not know the full picture otherwise we’d side with God every time.  In the verse above, it tells of God’s vengeance on those who refuse Him.  The punishment for denying the Lord during our life time, will mean “everlasting destruction” when we do see Jesus Christ in that Day.

What does that stir in you?  Do you shudder at the thought of people you love, who have not accepted Christ yet, being “punished with everlasting destruction”?   What about others you don’t know? Does it bother you at all they may be going to a place of torment?

Believers, these verses should affect you immensely.  If not, you may want to stop, think and pray about why it doesn’t affect you.   Jesus Christ equipped and commissioned us to share His good news with the world.


Acts 1:8 NKJV “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

When God calls us, He also ensures we have everything we need to carry out that calling.  Notice in Acts 1:8 how power is combined with the Holy Spirit.  His Spirit now dwells within us giving us the power we need to live for Christ, fulfilling all He has desired for us to do.


Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”

What does He want us to do?  I think it’s pretty clear from the Matthew verse above.  He wants us to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to observe all the things Christ commanded us.

How do I make a disciple?  First off, you begin by asking God to lead you to someone who wants to grow in the Lord.  Next, you might keep your eyes and ears open for people around you that show signs of wanting to know the Lord more intimately.  You, then, might strike up a conversation with them about the Lord and begin a relationship with them.  Maybe you invite this person to a bible study for deeper look at God’s Word.  As your relationship grows with this person, so does your conversation about the Lord and over time both of you will grow in your walk with the Lord.

Regarding the baptizing, while I have not personally baptized anyone, I usually leave that to my church pastor’s to do.  Although, scripture indicates that we all can baptize when we’re called to. Remember, Philip and the Eunuch?  He baptized the Eunuch besides a road in the middle of the desert.   There’s nothing magical or sacred about baptism that only certain people within the church may perform it.  It’s simply an outward symbol of the change that occurs within the heart. It’s an external declaration you now belong to Christ.

About teaching others what the Lord commanded us, this one is easy as long you, yourself are following His commands.  We lead by example.  We are role models for all who want to know what it means to be a Christian.  Those on the outside are watching us to see if really believe all that we say about the Lord.  We also teach through bible studies, and one on one mentoring.

Start with living out His commands, like “Love the Lord with all your heart and Love your neighbor as yourself” and whether you go on to teach bible study or not, you are still teaching others about the Lord with your life.

Let’s review.  The Bible is very clear there is a place of torment for those who refuse, deny and reject the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is also clear that we, believers, are giving power to carry out God’s call in our lives to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to observe all His commandments.  May we go on to share God’s Good News with those around us for His Glory and His Kingdom.

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us the courage to activate the power You have given us by Your Holy Spirit.  Let us obey Your commands and make disciples, baptize them and teach them Your ways. In Your precious name, Jesus we pray these things. Amen.

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