For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say, “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 3:11-13 NIV)
Grace brings salvation, the starting point to all Christ-centered Spiritual journeys. We have churches dismissing powerful arrival of The Holy Spirit within a person, empowered taking next steps into newness in Christ Jesus. The initial salvation prayer is the bridge, from old self to new, connecting to Jesus Christ, our Savior. Very important to grasp.
Hope is a life- line, avoiding empty space, gripped by the enemy to destroy. The world is thrust into societal confusion, worse every day- false propaganda lurks in forms false prophets, false teachers, false news reports- media shifting like sand, no longer on steady ground. Diversity has its challenges as did Crete- five independent ethnic groups. Paul sent Titus, as problems deepened. Ungodliness and worldly passions…lead to potential sin and self ideologies.
The longer we’re bound @home…hope is being tested. However, time is allowing us to accomplish much if…we make plans to do. If not, negativity can take over quick, the enemy loves to steal joy. Because, the joy of The Lord is our strength. From Salvation to point of death, we learn to say, “No” to all ungodliness sinking into worldly passions. What are world passions? A few comes to mind…sexual sins, alcohol, drugs, vaping, gossip, lies…anything opposite of God’s Word.
The day Jesus arrives for his Bride- the remnant being formed now, we must be ready. For Missouri, one more week until our economy will open in stages. Yes! We are seeing a faint glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. With Jesus, He is a shining light, interceding for every individual. Self-control, upright, and godly lives…all leads to God’s righteousness, increasing our hope, building faith…alignment for God’s best! Let’s never bash old ways, God’s Word may not be cool today- for those of us who believe, it’s not foolish- it’s The Power of God! His Word never changes…same yesterday, today, and forever more.