Being thankful and giving thanks is the closing lesson in this study. We must be thankful for the good and the bad. The trials are just as important in our faith. Verse 13 reminds us that God is our strength, and only because of that strength, we can do all things.
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I’m thankful for what I have. From the good to the things I don’t necessarily want. However, I have learned that the struggles are simply an opportunity to further lean on God’s strength, because it is only that strength that gets me through. With God, I can do everything! I can do nothing on my own strength.
Prayer, thankfulness, rejoicing, studying, and the admission that I need God to get me through it all. I must approach all I do with the mindset that it is God and only God that allows me to do what I do. God is in control. God is in charge. I cannot try and take control because I will fail.
Lord, thank You for being my strength in all I do. I know sometimes I try to do things on my own, but I know that it is Your strength that I lean on in order to get through all situations and circumstances. May I use all the gifts You have given me only for good and to help bring others to You. May others see You through me and put their trust in You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Today’s scripture reminds us how we must always tend to the fire to keep it flaming…or it will go out.
5 What strikes me most is how natural and sincere your faith is. I am convinced that the same faith that dwelt in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice, abides in you as well. 6 This is why I write to remind you to stir up the gift of God that was conveyed to you when I laid my hands upon you. 7 You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit. (The Voice)
God’s gift of faith is like a flame, and when the embers of the fire have cooled you must fan them again and keep them ablaze. (commentary from The Voice). Pray, read, and study continually. We cannot maintain if we don’t continually use it.
Being in the Word daily is what will help bring a life long habit and keep that flame burning. Also, being in group studies and surrounding myself with other like-minded Christians will help to strengthen one’s faith, but always know your bible so that you don’t fall to false teachings.
Lord, help me to keep Your fire burning deep inside of me. On those days when I don’t have time, convict my soul so that I make time to be in Your Word. May my soul thirst for Your Word and when I need answers may I search for them in Your Word so that my flame never burns out. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
These verses speak of doing good and how to deal with those who do not. Verse 9-10 are the study verses, but context is much needed. Verses 1-10 tell a better story.
Doing Good to All
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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Today’s lesson teaches doing good for the sake of the Gospel. Titus isn’t a book I’ve personally spent a lot of time in, however, in reading this chapter, it was some basic instruction and easy understanding of how to teach.
7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Do what is good. In teaching (but in everything else too) show integrity, be serious about what you teach, and speak the truth so that no one can say anything against what is being spoken.
I cannot speak about what isn’t written, and I must be able to back my what I teach with biblical truths.
12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:12-13)
Lord, help me to always do good, especially when it comes to teaching Your Word. Help me to take Your Word seriously and always strive to bring You honor and glory. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.