From Handbook to Scripture, Day 324
READING: TITUS 1
This epistle is a concise manual of conduct for assemblies of brothers and sisters in Christ. Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 are critical to the organization of the local church because they outline God’s requirements for the leadership of the body of believers. Titus provides us with instruction on the ordination of elders, dealing with false teachers, the role of different groups within the church, and the relationship between sound doctrine and godly behavior.
Paul’s salutation to Titus contains a rich statement of God’s redemptive purpose for His people (1:1–4). He then launches into the principal purpose of the letter, which is to provide instructions for the oversight and conduct of the churches in Crete. Paul gives his associate a list of qualifications to assist him in discerning the right people for this leadership office in each church (1:5–9), and then warns him about the problem of corruption and false teaching (1:10–16).
Prayer: Lord, may I be a servant of Your truth and hold fast the faithful word not only in my thinking, but also in my daily practice.
Meditation passage: verses 1–3
From Simple Prayers, Day 324
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him,
And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7)
Remember, O Lord, Your compassions and Your mercies,
For they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your loyal love remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. (Psalm 25:6–7)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him. (Habakkuk 2:20)
God raised Jesus from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held by it. (Acts 2:24)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I will not let my heart be troubled. I will trust in God and trust also in Christ. (John 14:1)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
Whoever is wise understands these things; whoever is discerning knows them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)
Though I walk in the flesh, I do not war according to the flesh. The weapons of my warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful to overthrow strongholds, casting down arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3–5)
Lord, I thank You that You are in Your holy temple and You conquered sin and death through Your Son. I thank You that I can find comfort by trusting in Christ, and I ask that I would practice wisdom and use the weapons of the Spirit.
Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth
A HEART OF WISDOM
After the wilderness wanderings, Moses used these images of the brevity of life in Psalm 90: “we have finished our years like a sigh” (verse 9) and “we fly away” (verse 10). We experience the same dilemma, wandering in the wilderness of routine and crowded schedules as the years race by. But there is a solution to this plight, and it is found in the pivotal verse in the psalm: “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (verse 12).
If we want to have wisdom, the skill in the art of living life with each area under the dominion of God, we must regularly remind ourselves that our days upon this earth are numbered. If we blind ourselves to this reality, our value systems will automatically be distorted and we will serve the wrong master.
If, like Moses, we want the work of our hands to have permanency (Psalm 90:17), we should daily remind ourselves that we are “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11) on this earth and that our true citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Our own works quickly evaporate and are lost forever. But God is eternal, and His work—including the work He does through us—lasts forever.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.