October 16

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“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5 NLT).

From: October 16, 2018

Paul’s teaching did not have a goal of increased knowledge, but of increased love. Knowledge is good, but without love, it is nothing (1 Cor. 13:2). The believers in Ephesus loved knowledge so much that their discussions often dissolved into meaningless and endless debates over disputable matters. Paul encouraged Timothy not to scratch their itch for such things, but to focus on instruction that affected the heart, the conscience and built up a genuine faith. In this way, love would be the ultimate outcome.
We can learn from Paul’s purpose for instruction. Our preaching and teaching must have as its aim that believers examine their hearts, repent of sin to clear their conscience and grow in their faith, so that it is proven genuine. This kind of instruction leads to believers who are filled with love. 
We preach unto repentance and life change, not only increased knowledge, but increased love.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12 NKJV).

From: October 16, 2017

The apostle Paul was thankful to the Lord Jesus for changing him from a persecutor to a preacher. He spoke of the Lord’s enablement— that it was the Lord who empowered him to preach. He spoke of his calling— that it was the Lord who “counted” him worthy. In other words, Paul wasn’t really worthy. He wasn’t really “faithful.” But the Lord counted his confession of faith as righteousness. The Lord’s faithfulness was accounted unto Paul, so that it became Paul’s faithfulness. Finally, the Lord “put” Paul into ministry. The Lord had a specific purpose and place for Paul. And Paul was pleased and thankful to fulfill it.
I join the apostle Paul in thankfulness on this Monday morning. I am thankful to Jesus that he enables me, counts me faithful and that he put me into the ministry.
Want to join me and Paul in some Monday morning thankfulness today?

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

From: October 16, 2016

This was the word of the Lord that Jeremiah prophesied for those Jews exiled in Babylon. They had lost hope because God had allowed them to be carried off from their homes to a strange land. Jeremiah encouraged them to call upon the Lord and not to despair of God’s goodness towards them. Sometimes we are like exiles. We feel that God has forsaken us and we fall into despair. Yet, God’s Word reminds us not to give up hope. For the Lord has an ultimate plan. It may lead through a season of darkness, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t despair. Call upon the Lord and He will hear you.

“And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace” (Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV)

From: October 16, 2015

Jeremiah told those who had been exiled to Babylon to “seek the peace” of that city. They were to seek “peace” (Hebrew: “shalom” – wholeness, peace, prosperity, happiness, blessing). They were to plant, build, marry, and increase, not decrease there. They were to be a blessing to the city, for in “its peace” they would have peace too. Are we a blessing to the city to which we’ve been sent? If our church ceased to exist in our city, would anyone notice? In our zeal to separate ourselves from the world, we tend to gather in a holy huddle around the Light while leaving those around us in darkness. Instead, let us be a light in our city, seeking its shalom in Jesus’ name.

“We know that the law is good when used correctly” (1 Timothy 1:8 NLT)

From: October 16, 2014

Paul taught Timothy the importance of guarding the gospel against those who would misuse the law, claiming its necessity for salvation. Human effort at law-keeping does not save, only believing the gospel saves. Those that teach law-keeping as a means of salvation are not using the law “correctly.” Yet, the law is not useless when used rightly. In fact, there are at least three right uses of the Law: 
The Law is to… (3 “R”s – Gal. 3:19-26) 
1. Restrain our sinful behavior (Like a guard rail).
2. Reflect our guilt (Like a mirror).
3. Reveal God’s righteous way (Like a teacher).
The law is useful when “used correctly,” but only faith in Christ saves.

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7)

From: October 16, 2013

Are you a blessing to the city to which you’ve been sent? If your church ceased to exist in your city, would anyone notice? In our zeal to separate ourselves from the world we tend to gather in a holy huddle around the Light while leaving those around us in darkness. Instead, let us be a light in our city, seeking its welfare in Jesus’ name.

“Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you” (Jeremiah 29:6-7)

From: October 16, 2012

Jeremiah encouraged the Jewish exiles in Babylon to thrive in the city to which they’d been sent. This is a good word for the Church. Don’t just work on church stuff, but be a blessing to the city to which you’ve been called. Be a City Church that works for the “peace and prosperity” there. Be Salt and Light in Jesus’ name. And grow and multiply! Because you’re called to do this too!