Titus 2: 11-14

Salvation by the Grace of God – Titus 2:11-14

  • 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
  • 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  • 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
  • 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
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Titus 2:11-14

Grace is Given by God

In Titus 2:11-14 we read that grace is something God gives us freely. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, it’s not something that we will receive if we pray for it. God gives his grace unexpectedly. It’s divine assistance given by God.

Salvation is one of those wonderful graces that God extends to all people. Every person living will be offered the gift of salvation to accept or deny.

Once accepted, grace will change us! After that, every time we do say or do something that would not be pleasing to God, we will feel the conviction from the Holy Spirit. It is not that we will be made to act accordingly, nor will we be pressured into giving up our worldly lusts. However, having Jesus in our lives, we will want to change. On the other hand, if we don’t give up worldly lusts, live soberly, righteously and godly, then we didn’t really give ourselves to Him.

A Transformation Takes Place

Some people are instantly altered and with others it’s a slower process. More importantly, regardless of the time frame, every person who truly accepts the gift of salvation will be transformed for the better.

When we become God’s children, the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross will become real to us. That is to say, we will begin to understand with our minds and hearts, that Jesus took all of our sins to the grave with Him.

Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation was horrific, but he willingly accepted it on our behalf. As a result, our part is easy and free. In short, it’s simple; believe with faith that God is our Father who sent his Son for our salvation. Furthermore, that the Holy Spirit now lives in believers, as our helper. To summarize, as we grow in our faith, we will extend ourselves to spread the Word of God and to help others in good deeds.

We Become a Child of God

Christians are fortunate to be children of God. Why? Because, Jesus places his stamp “paid in full” on the people who accept Jesus by faith. As a result, our sins are totally cleansed by the work Jesus did on the cross. In addition, the Holy Spirit lives in the people who are born again, convicting us every time we start to wander off the narrow path that leads to God.

Jesus will be coming one day soon to gather up his followers. It will be a time when all believers in Jesus will see that glorious appearing and go to be with Him.

Salvation by the Grace of God
Titus 2:11-14
Titus 2:11-14

My Prayer for Titus 2:11-14

Glory to you Father,

Lord you are the shepherd and the deliverer of all those who believe in you. You are the Holy One. I praise and worship you Lord.

Thank you for bringing salvation to me and offering salvation to every person on earth.

Originally I thought that I came to you and asked you to accept me into Heaven but now, as a Christian, I know I did not seek you but you called out to me and I had the option to either accept or refuse.

Jesus gave up His life for our salvation and our redemption. He himself became our sacrificial Lamb, so that we could be redeemed from our sins and those who are your children are purified.

Thank you Father

I am now counted as your child, with my name written in the Book of Life. I pray that others will also accept the gift of life, that Jesus made possible.

As a Christian it is both my privilege and my duty to stay away from ungodly things and worldly lusts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. As a human being, I fail many times, in many ways.

However, with your grace and forgiveness, I do step right back up. You encourage me to live my life in a righteous and godly manner, the way you intended.

Living with Zeal

May I always live with the zeal for you Father. May others see the wonderful love I have for you. More importantly possibly encouraging them that they too will want you in their lives.

Thank you Father, that I now have the Holy Spirit living inside me, to be my helper, to gently guide me and advise me. To be my inner voice, reminding me of right and wrong, and always encouraging me to take the best way.

I look forward to the glorious appearance of Jesus. I will praise your name, now and forever.

In the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

I look forward to the day when Jesus, our Saviour will come back. Are you ready? If you want to know about salvation, please read What is Salvation? Prayer for Salvation

Hallelujah

Psalm 66:1-4

Shout Joyful Praises – Psalm 66: 1-4

Psalm 66:1-4

  • Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
  • 2Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
  • 3Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
  • 4All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
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Todays lesson taken from Psalm 66:1-4
Psalm 66:1-4

Shout joyful Praises

The Jews and Gentiles are asked to sing. The author of Psalm 66:1-4 is telling them to sing to God with joy in their hearts. Furthermore, when we sing to the Lord, we should always make it a high-spirited song of praise. That is, sing louder than we would with a normal song and with much more enthusiasm. Sing praises to God with a joyful exuberant heart!

The honour of His name

The author is telling people of all nations to let God’s grace and his merciful acts be the subject of our songs.

All ye lands…

  • It is believed that this Psalmist was speaking of the call to the Gentiles to come into the fold alongside the Jews.
  • At that time, only the people of Israel knew of God and so the author perhaps prophesies that one day all nations will know of the Lord.

Thine enemies submit themselves unto thee…

  • This is not saying that God makes people submit to him.
  • God has given us the free-will to make our own choices.
  • However, there are times when God will use their own choices to show that he means business.

How is God in control of all things?

Many people believe that this song was sung at a time when God gave the Jews deliverance from something.

  • God may have just delivered the Jews from Egypt and perhaps they were singing this song on the journey home.
  • The following is just one example of how the enemies submit themselves to God.
  • The Pharaoh of Egypt gave his word (a few times) about releasing the Jews from captivity.
  • And then, not live up to that promise.
  • Some people believe that God’s anger brought the plagues upon Egypt.
  • In fact, the Pharaoh brought the plagues upon his people by not living up to his word.
  • So, the Pharaoh and his followers, using their own choices, suffered God’s wrath.

All the earth shall worship thee…

  • It’s important that we worship the Lord by singing to him.
  • As a result from singing, our hearts can expand in joy.
  • But also we need to be speaking to him in prayer, meditation, reading his word, etc.
  • It is a 2-way street which includes speaking and listening.

Prophecy?

The next three verses were most likely a prophecy. Telling of a time when everyone will bow down to the Lord, at the second coming.

  • At the end of days, the faithful will obey God and willingly be singing and praising his name.
  • However, some will only pretend they are faithful.
  • In fact, some people will reject God completely.
  • Regardless, all people will bow in front of God, on that day.

And shall sing unto thee…

  • The Lord loves to hear us sing and praise him.
  • It doesn’t matter what our voice sounds like.
  • He enjoys it when we worship him in song.

They shall sing to thy name…

  • Long ago people’s names meant something.
  • The names were a way of identifying a person’s character.
  • When we use to the Lord’s name, we are praising and honouring who he is and what he stands for.
  • God has many names which show his character.

Selah…

There are 3 different opinions as to what the word Selah means:

  1. Musical notation signifying a rest to singers and/or instruments
  2. Become loud, more exuberant
  3. Pause and reflect

The above verses tell us that one day all the earth will worship the Heavenly Father.

Picture of world in black and white.  Text reads: Shout joyful praises to God all the earth  Psalm 66:1-4
Psalm 66:1-4

My Prayer for Psalm 66:1-4

Adonai (Lord Master)

I rejoice in you! I love to sing praises to you and to your name because I enjoy honouring you.

Father, I know you are mighty and powerful and I also know that you are a just God. Everything that happens to me is seen by you, allowed by you because of free-will.

One day I will see the entire picture of my life. Not only will I see why certain events happened, but I will agree that the tribulations I went through, had a purpose.

At the second coming of Jesus, your Word tells us that one day every knee will bow in reverence to the Lord, regardless of our beliefs.

Thank you Lord

I thank you Father that I know and love you. I am blessed that my name is already written in the Lambs Book of Life. And that I am secured a spot with you forever.

It is my pleasure to sing my praises to you. Furthermore, to honour and give my love to you and you alone. You are the one and only true God; my heavenly Father.

All for your glory.

In The name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Side note:

Jesus is coming soon. Jesus has given the free will choice to each and every person. That is, to be with or against the Lord. Your choosing!

Please think carefully about that selection.

Ephesians 6:18

The Many Ways of Prayer

Ephesians 6:18

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Hand drawn picture of Jesus  Text says: The Many Ways of Prayer Taken from Ephesians 6:18
Ephesians 6:18

In Ephesians 6:18 Paul had just finished giving the instructions of how a soldier should dress for a spiritual fight. Following that, (once suited up) comes the time for prayer. So according to Paul, you put on the armour and then you pray. Remember, prayer is a very important part of a spiritual fight.

Stopping Christians from ascending to heaven is the main job of the enemy (Satan, devil, deceiver). In fact, he accomplishes this with the help of his host of demons (fallen angels). Also, Satan’s objective is to obstruct our relationships with Jesus.

In the same way, Satan is the prince of this world (for now) and his power is strong. As a result, staying close to God and keeping our eyes open and prayers on our lips is a must. Although it seems as if Satan is in control, he is not in total control. Because God limits Satan’s powers. However, he and his army can still do much spiritual harm if we are not careful.

Unseen Enemies

These enemies are unseen and come attacking Christians at any and all times. In fact, demons are in all heavenly places. For instance, Satan and his minions have all of the area between the stars (heavens) and the earth. That is to say that they have the heavens and earth in which to move around easily.

Paul tells the people to always be ready for an attack from Satan. How? In this case, each day put on the Armour of God and fight back? Paul says we fight with prayer. And therefore, we are to be ever ready at “all times” for prayer that may be needed.

What kind of prayers should we use?

  • Public
  • Private
  • Meditational – meditating on God’s word
  • Quick Prayer – a prayer said quickly when words fail us. An example – Father help me stay strong!
  • Emergency – a forced prayer immediately comes from you, brought out by stress or circumstances.
  • Pray in the Spirit.

What is “praying in the Spirit”?

Praying in the Spirit means we pray in, with or by the means of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, in a time when we need the Holy’s Spirits guidance of what or how to pray. Also, there are times when the situation requires that the Holy Spirit intercede for us.

“With all prayers” refers to different kinds of prayers.

  • Pray alone, or with family/friends. In business, on the way to or from somewhere.
  • Pray in the heart without a voice.
  • Or spoken with a voice from your heart.

“Supplication” is petitioning God earnestly for something (to plead humbly for another or yourself).

  • This means to be continually in an attitude of prayer.
  • Be observant of everything – what or whomever needs prayer.
  • Many times Christians will pray in supplication when facing a temptation.

“Make supplication for all saints”

  • Pray for Christians

“Preservation”

  • Watching.
  • Being on guard, watch for the enemy to attempt to take your attention off God.
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Ephesians 6:18

My Prayer for: Ephesians 6:18

Heavenly Father;

I worship you Lord, today and every day. You are the almighty who is always in total control. Once again, thank you Father God that I never have to worry about anything.

I love this verse! I don’t have to be smart, I don’t have to have money, I do not have to have an abundant of friends. Prayer to God is all that I need.

There are times that I need to use my own words to speak to you Father, but then there are times when the Holy Spirit speaks for me instead.

When I can’t seem to find the right words to pray (for a person or a situation), the Holy Spirit helps me. I can relax and be comforted that I have just prayed the perfect prayer for that person and/or situation.

On the other hand, I could feel a nudge to pray in the Spirit. Meaning that I could be praying for a person or situation halfway around the world. However, I don’t even know who or what I am praying for, but you do.

There are so many facets to prayer. Father please help me to remain open, keep alert and ready to pray at any given time. And for any situation, whenever prayer is needed.

Thank you Father. May I always pray according to your will..

In the name of your precious son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

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