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Sunday Stillness – What is purity?

Sunday Stillness – What is purity?

What-is-Purity

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 1:15.

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

S – Say the passage aloud.

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted (Titus 1:15, NIVUK).

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

Pure? What is pure? I read a post the other day about the purity and innocence of a newborn baby, written by Peter Black, called Musings on Dreaming Babies.

Paul is still telling Titus how to work with the Cretans – pirates and all.

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

How do people become corrupted? How do people stop believing in God, the Bible, the sovereignty of God? Maybe some of them never believe because they were never told.

Purity – How do we become pure?

Jesus makes us pure.

Blessed are the pure in heart
for they will see God (Matthew 5:8, NIVUK).

I want that – to see God. Don’t you?

The Old Testament way of purifying themselves through water, blood and fire, was only temporary. It had to be repeated again and again.

But in the New Testament, Jesus has made the way for us to be pure all the time, so we can be with God. Thanks to His death on the cross, and resurrection we have been made pure if we declare Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

P – Pray for God’s Guidance

Always a wow!

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

This connects with my study on The Workbook of Living Prayer by Maxi Dunnam. We learned to bring our requests to God – to be clear. After we have spoken these requests by ourselves or in front of others (if we share) it helps us to refine our thoughts to get closer to God’s will.

Refining thoughts = PURITY! = being in God’s will

What’s on your mind? Are there things you have been asking God that need clarifying in your own minds?

I did this. I asked God about things I had been praying for. I found out some important answers to my life.

One thing I asked was to RESTORE my body. God led me to try eating pure foods, no more processed foods, nothing that is man-made. It is making a tremendous difference in my life.

And He told me to REST. Yes there are times when I go, go, go. He told me to space it out, take breaks to refresh my body and spirit.

These two things are helping me to see God’s will in my life, more clearly.

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:4, NIVUK).

And look at this – Whatever God created, NOT man. This is Food for Thought.

As usual I would never have thought a verse on purity would go this way. God links things together for us. God-incidents.

God can make us pure by refining our thoughts.

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

Heavenly Father, I thank You for creating purity of mind, body and spirit. Continue to show me how to live a pure life and grow closer to You. Thanks for Your communication method of prayer and Your Word. All things are clearer when I study Your Word and pray. Hallelujah!. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Janis 

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Sunday Stillness – What’s in The Word?

Sunday Stillness – What’s in The Word?

 

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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 1:9. If you want a PDF of the SIMPLE Bible Study – please click on SIMPLE Bible Study by Janis Cox.

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

S – Say the passage aloud.

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it (Titus 1:9, NIVUK).

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

Paul is telling Titus that he must hold to the TRUTH. The truth that they have been taught through the Gospels. This is a trustworthy message. He is telling this to all pastors, teachers and leaders of the Church.

I love the words “sound doctrine”. Titus is filled with sound doctrines -words that God speaks to us about how to live.

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

Thinking about the denominational splits and even the variety of denominations – arguing over what is right. Really does it matter if it follows “sound doctrine” of Christ. What do the Scriptures tell us? – how to live.

I love the words of Ancient Words written by Lynn Deshazo:

and here it is sung by Michael W. Smith.

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh, let the ancient words impart

Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home

Chorus
Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
Oh, let the ancient words impart

Holy words of our Faith
Handed down to this age
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh let the ancient words impart

Chorus
Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
Oh, let the ancient words impart.

I bolded the parts that really spoke to me today.

So what is the trustworthy message?

We have different versions of the Bible. The Message says:

Have a good grip on The Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it (Titus 1:9, MSG).

Then the KJV:

holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he might be able by sound doctrine to exhort and to convince the gainsayers (Titus 1:9, KJV). 

I like the KJV choice of words: to “convince” rather than “refute”. Refute sounds negative and convince sounds positive.

I have read and seen on Twitter many interesting posts about the KJV being the best. But here’s where I need to pray. I use the NIV for most of my study. It is where I began my study and what has kept me reading for 15 years.

H.E.L.P. Having Everything LIfted in Prayer.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

Very interesting prayer time.

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

The Word of God is ACTIVE – sharper than a two-edged sword, so no matter what Bible version we read, God can speak into our hearts. The Holy Spirit can teach us so we can be stronger to refute those who oppose the Word and convince others of the Truth.

The fact is that the NIV speaks to me and it is the version that first made sense to me – that’s why I stick with it.

Maybe the KJV,  The Message, or The New Living Translations speak to others.

Actually we can learn a lot by looking up passages in different versions of the Bible.

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

Thanks Lord for clarifying this for me. It took some studying but I know now that your Word is active and can work miracles in the hearts of others. My job is to learn it, let it penetrate, to sing Your words, even memorize them and be ready to build up the faith of others to make strong disciples for Jesus. Thanks to God for His Word through Jesus. In His name. AMEN.

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Janis Cox

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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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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

 

 

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Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

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I am continuing on with my study of Titus – one verse at a time. Today’s thoughts are based on Titus 1:3 using the SIMPLE method of study.

S – Say the passage aloud.

and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me from God our Saviour (Titus 1:3, NIV).

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

Paul is speaking. He remembered how God spoke to him and entrusted him to spread the Gospel. God does intervene.

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

It’s great to know that God has planned all of this. I love, “His appointed season”. And that God entrusted Paul – He knew Paul would do a good job. He chooses those whom He trusts and then He helps them to do the job He has planned.

A few days ago I watched The Star of Bethlehem. An amazing account of the actual star, the actual date, and the actual event. God had prepared it all in “His appointed season”. You can watch the video on You Tube.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

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

What did I learn from this passage? I learned that we need to say “yes” to God. Paul said, “yes” – and we see all that God accomplished. Why can we trust God?

  1. God works in His appointed season.
  2. God will entrust us with the knowledge and power to do what He wills.
  3. God will command it – it will be strong enough for us NOT to ignore it.

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

Thank you Lord from choosing us to be your ambassadors, whether through writing, singing, hospitality, caring, loving others, giving or through any other means to spread your Word and love to others. Being the Light of Christ is Your command. Help us to listen and obey. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

The radical message of Jesus Christ hanging on a tree is the wisdom and power of God. Only the cross can transform hardened Cretan and North American pirates into holistically healthy leaders. Only God’s Word can bring light into our pirate hearts. (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 31).

Are your hearing from God? Is there something He is calling you to do?

Personally I have said yes to being a part of a new Christian online radio.

Am I nervous? Yes.
Is this stepping into a new venture. Yes.

But I am excited.

And when that happens God is behind it. More information will be coming on this as I know more. So far I have purchase a microphone and downloaded Audacity. My FIRST STEP.

Tell me your thoughts, dreams and visions. What is God telling you?

Let’s pray together. If you have any personal prayer requests, please email me at 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.

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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I sometimes link to:

RECOMMENDATION SATURDAY @ RENEWEDDAILY.COM
STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

 

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