Sunday Stillness – Watch what you say and how you act

Sunday Stillness –  Watch what you say and how you act

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I am continuing to study Titus using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study and Ed Hird’s book Restoring Health. Today I am working through Titus 1:16.

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Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.

S – Say the passage aloud.

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good (Titus 1:16, NIVUK).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

These are strong words. “They” refers back to the rebellious people, the mere talkers and deceivers in 1:10. Paul is comparing them to the “pure” as God made all things pure – for holiness and godliness.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

“claiming to know God- but by their actions they deny Him”

How many people do this? I am thinking of people in church that I see leaving the parking lot yelling at their kids or ignoring someone they have a grievance with. People who watch movies that I don’t think God would approve of. People who are mean to others.

P – Pray for God’s Guidance

convicted…

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

Wait a minute – I do this as well. Since we are all sinners we must be careful not to judge others – at least not judge that person. I think we can judge actions if they don’t line up with Christ’s teachings. But I must judge my own actions first.

Do I gossip?
Do I put down leaders and never think of praying for them?
Do I watch a violent movie as entertainment?
What other ways do you see Christians “claiming to know God” but not following what they were taught?
Paul calls them detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing any good.

It make me think twice before I speak and act. I must watch what I think and how I act if I want to avoid claiming to know God and by my actions deny Him.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Father God, we want to be followers, good followers. We want to “love what is good” and be “pure”. We want to be “sound in the faith”. Help us to see if we are falling away from your desires for us in any area of our lives. Help us to “encourage others by sound doctrine” and be bold enough to “refute those who oppose it”. Thank you for your word which stimulates our thinking and brings positive change in our lives. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

This is the end of my study of the first chapter of Titus, studied through the SIMPLE Bible Study method and Ed Hird’s book, Restoring Health – Mind, Body and Spirit. It has been a very enlightening exercise for me. Only 16 verses but so much packed into those verses. You can follow through my thinking by clicking on SIMPLE Bible Study.

Next week I start studying of chapter 2.

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TODAY IS SUNDAY STILLNESS.

Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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24 thoughts on “Sunday Stillness – Watch what you say and how you act

  1. Letetia

    Thank you for posting! I love the SIMPLE method. It allows you to consider scripture in a deeper manner and apply what the Holy Spirit shows. God bless you. 🙂

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  2. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    Janis, I was reading along and got to the part about watching others in church yelling at their kids, watching movies that God wouldn’t approve of, etc, and I thought, “Well, it really isn’t up to us to judge,” and BOOM…I read…”Convicted…I do this as well.” haha! Great one! And obviously, so do I, if I was judging your blog! Great post. And congratulations on the sale of so many Tadeo Turtle books!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Mary,
      Oh that is too funny. That’s exactly what happened to me. Judging then… oh my watch myself!!
      Thanks for congrats!. It is heartwarming to meet so many people who love my book. Some wanted the second one as they had bought the first. Not ready yet. lol:)
      Blessings,
      Janis

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Hi Jan,
      Great to “see” you. And thanks for the encouragement. I find it amazing how God speaks to me through His Word.
      Blessings,
      Janis

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  4. Amy Jung

    Hi Janis–I like the system of study that you’re using (the SIMPLE acronym). I have not seen that one and, after seeing you work through it, I will try it myself. Thanks for your always-encouraging messages!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Amy,
      Hopefully you haven’t seen it before because I was inspired to make it up. It has been an eye opener for me as I wanted to study the Bible in greater depth.
      Blessing,
      Janis

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  6. Hazel Moon

    Thanks for the reminder. We often slip words that are almost gossip, because they can be taken the wrong way. We do need to set a watch over our lips and heart.

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Hazel,
      Yes in conversations we can get carried into talking about others so easily. It means we have to be on a constant look out.
      Blessings,
      Janis

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