O/W/R - Section 1

  1. Do you want to know what God’s will is for you?  It is for you to become more and more like Christ.  This is spiritual maturity, and if you make this your goal, it will change your life. - From Page 152 from Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  2. Our lives are to be lived in constant imitation of God. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 5 - Pg 175.
  3. Galations 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    The Christian life isn’t hard; it’s impossible. You can’t live it in your own strength and trying to do it on your own is an exercise in futility. There’s no way you can follow Christ on your own. Only God, living through you, can do that .
    The  truth is that when you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, the work of following Him and becoming more like Him is done by the Holy Spirit living inside of you. You’re literally changed from the inside out. And it’s that change that enables you to be like Christ in how you think and what  you do.
    Stop  trying to live the Christian life on your own. Instead, let the Spirit of Christ in you have control… not just resident, but president in your life… not dormant, but dominant. That’s what it means to be filled by the Spirit. It’s putting yourself aside and allowing Him to control your actions and thoughts.
     LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE BY SUBMITTING YOURSELF TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND GIVING HIM CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS. - From the January 29, 2016 PowerpPoint devotional reading by Jack Graham.
  4. Our lives please God when they are characterized by endurance and patience.  Life is often difficult and challenging.  At times, circumstances are less than friendly.  At those times we need endurance - the ability to pass through any experience and trust God to see us through.  At times, people are less than friendly.  At those times we need patience - the capacity to be long-suffering with people and not retaliate when we are wronged or irritated. Believers can please God with endurance and patience as they are strengthened with all power according to his glorious might.- From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:9 - Pg 281.
  5. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8).
  6. John 14:15 -   If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  When a man or woman begins to obey God, first in responding to his offer of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and then in a growing desire to live a Christlike life, this is evidence of a divine and supernatural working in his or her life. It is proof that God is present and that he has already begun a regenerative work within the individual. - From the commentary on John 14:15  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) from John Montgomery Boice.
  7. When discouraged, we naturally pray for relief . . . we beg the Lord to act on our behalf. What if, instead, we asked for the opportunity to do something for Him? How might our perspective change if we began to see ourselves as agents of God’s will, acting on His behalf and carrying out His desires, rather than always expecting Him to serve us? When is the last time you asked the Lord for an opportunity to do something for Him? Perhaps now is a good time, especially if you’re struggling with discouragement. When you pray for the ability to carry out His will, it’s likely your sense of powerlessness will quickly fade. - Swindoll, Charles R (2012-08-01). Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (pp. 21-22). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  8. The Sin of Omission - James 4:17 - So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. -  James warns against the sin of omission when he writes, “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (v. 17). Without a doubt, this is a most difficult form of sin with which to deal.  Sin is missing the mark by not only doing wrong, but by failing to do what is right. Again, James is urging us to be “doers.” To know what is right and then not to do it is a form of disobedience. The Lord gives us a commandment, and we either ignore it or simply fail to do it. - From the commentary on James 4:17 from the Preachers Commentary Series by James Briscoe.
  9. Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists of the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.  Glorifying God should be our focus in everything we do.  The only way to accomplish this is by giving Him 100 percent of ourselves 100 percent of the time, and like the postage stamp, sticking to that goal until we reach heaven.   - From page 111 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  10. We must be radical in our efforts to stop committing evil sins. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 5 - Pg 175.
  11. Submission to authority is a sign of spiritual maturity. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 2 - pg. 25.
  12. Do not consider yourself as inferior to or better than anyone else.  We are equal in Christ.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 3 - pg. 41. 
  13. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” - From Matthew 12:34-37 of the the ESV Bible.
  14. Psalm 119:45 - "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts." Most people would not describe walking according to God’s laws the way the psalmist did. They would describe the life of faith as bondage rather than liberty. "You can’t do this, can’t do that, can’t go here, can’t go there." To the unsaved man, it seems like a life hedged about with restrictions. The psalmist saw God’s law as the perfect law of liberty. It did not mean he could do whatever he wanted; it meant he could do whatever God willed. And that, he says, is true freedom.
    Those who refuse to walk in God’s ways bring themselves into frightful bondage. They are soon bound by the shackles of sin. Jesus said, "He that committeth sin is the slave of sin." How many millions of people are slaves to drugs and drink, to tobacco, to bad temper, to pride, to evil passions.
    Libertarians, today, would like to abolish all restraints on human behavior, especially the restraints God has imposed on society. In the name of freedom and liberty we must have abortion on demand, perversion raised to respectability, criminals coddled and their rights respected above those of their victims. As a result, we have a drug culture destroying millions, divorce making a shamble of homes, a sexual revolution that has lured millions into lifestyles that mock at God’s law. That is not liberty but lust. People who live like that soon find their bodies enslaved and ruined by disease. Ask the woman hooked on heroin if she is enjoying liberty or the man dying of AIDS if he likes the fruit of his freedom. Ask the children of divorce how they like the new freedoms of our age.
    The first lie propagated on this planet promised liberty from having to do what God required. Eve swallowed Satan’s lie and her husband was the first victim of the freedom she had discovered. The human race plunged into bondage. 
    - From the John Phillips Commentary Series by John Phillips.
  15. The worship of so many people is insincere. Think of the number of people who own a Bible and claim to be religious, but whose behavior exposes them as hypocrites. Many attend worship services, but as soon as they walk out the church doors, they return to their sinful ways. In God’s eyes their worship is meaningless. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about false worship:
    “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Mt. 7:21-22).
    “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great” (Lu. 6:46-49). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 1:13-15 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  16. 2 Chronicles 15:7 - Be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!  Galatians 6:9 - So don’t give up or grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart.
  17. Freedom in Christ does not give us the right to do as we please, but the liberty to do as we ought. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 5:25-26 - pg. 67.
  18. Choose your bondages well.  Make yourself a salve to Christ. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 5:25-26 - pg. 67.
  19. Catch sin early.  Like cancer, it spreads. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 5:25-26 - pg. 67.
  20. Imitate Jesus in all you do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 5:25-26 - pg. 67.
  21. Conceit is deceit.  The one who toots his horn the loudest is usually in the deepest fog. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 6 - pg. 82.
  22. The saved do good works for God. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 117.
  23. Order your life in such a way as to serve God by serving others.  When all Christians do that, everyone's needs are met by others in a context of harmony and love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 4:1 - pg. 138.
  24. Is this true of us, that we are more with those of the culture in which we live than with Jesus? This does not mean that we are to go out of this world. We are not called to detach ourselves to some kind of spiritual ghetto. We are to be in the world. But—this is the point—we are not to be of it. We are to be with Christ in the midst of the culture, not with them whose culture it is.  - From the commentary on John 18:25  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) from John Montgomery Boice.
  25. The goal is to live a life worthy of the Lord, being fruitful in every good work, growing in knowledge, being strengthened by adversity and giving thanks for salvation and please him in every way.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:9 - Pg 281.
  26. Good works are not a means to achieve salvation, but a natural result of it.  Good works in the life of the believer please God because good works are God's plan for the believer. (Eph 2:8-10).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:9 - Pg 281.
  27. Step by step, day by day, we are to conduct our affairs in conscious submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ.  Life is a journey, and we are not expected to sprint through it.  We are just to make steady progress.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 2:6-7 - Pg 304.
  28. "If you love me, keep my commandments," Jesus said.  Spirituality is loving obedience to Jesus Christ, not legalistic conformity to a man-made code.  It's loving obedience to the Word of God, not chasing the flash and pizzazz of experiences.  Simple, loving obedience.  Spirituality is an attitude of trust and a behavior of obedience.  Life is challenging; and as we face it, God simply wants us to trust and obey. Spirituality is not a matter of rules or experiences but a relationship with, and obedience to, Jesus Christ.  Let's keep our eye on the ball.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 2 - Pg 313.
  29. Traits (or Virtues) to put on like a set of new clothes:  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3:14  Pg 331.
    1. Compassion - a heartfelt sympathy for those suffering in need.
    2. Kindness - the friendly and helpful spirit which meets needs through good deeds.  This is the concrete action of compassion.
    3. Humility - not a self-debasing attitude, but an attitude that is free from pride and self assertion.
    4. Gentleness or Meekness - described as power under control or an attitude of refusing to demand one's rights.
    5. Patience - the capacity to bear injustice or injury without revenge or retaliation.
    6. Bear with Each Other - The idea of putting up with the abuses and offences of others.
    7. Forgiveness - forgive whatever grievances one may have against others.  Believers have been fully forgiven by Christ, and the forgiven are obligated to become forgivers.  The standard for this forgiveness is Christ himself.
    8. Love - Brings harmony and unity and bonds together the other virtues.
    9. Maintain perfect Unity - let the peace of Christ rule in one's heart.  Rule literally means act as an umpire.  Let the peace of Christ make the call.
    10. Let the word of Christ find a home in your heart. - It should not come and go.  Give it plenty of room in our lives.
  30. Christian employees are to render sincere service.  The employee is not to work only when the boss is looking.  The employee is to recognize that in the final analysis he is working for the Lord, not for men and so so his best.  Such work will be rewarded.  Remember, God does not play favorites.  He "rewards" wrong motives and work as well as good. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 334-4.  Ken's comment - I think in all things we do, we ought to do our best and do it for the glory of God in in appreciation for Christ and his abundant grace.
  31. Christ is our model of love and obedience in our relationships with others. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 335.
  32. Spirituality is obedience in the ordinary.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 335.
  33. Everyday affairs are the arena of spirituality.  Spirituality is the development of character.  Spirituality is the integrity in relationships.  Spirituality is obedience in the ordinary.  It's wives respecting their husbands, husbands loving their wives; kids honoring their parents, parents loving their kids; workers doing good work, bosses being fair.  All of life is spiritual with no categories.  By looking above and obeying below, ordinary activities take on grand significance.  After all, God promised to reward us in "whatever we do."   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 336.
  34. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians v 6-17).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 339.
  35. Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  (Rom. 13:14) - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 339.
  36. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). - Isaiah: God Saves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. - Location 471.
  37. He isn’t demanding that we be perfect. All he wants is that we be open and responsive. Is that asking too much? - From Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. - Location 591 in Kindle book 
  38. Self-Discipline:  The Battle Begins in the Mind - Colossians 3:1-14 - From the Maxwell Leadership Bible by John Maxwell - Permanent change and improvement always happen from the inside out.  Consider Paul's prescription for self-discipline:
    1. Remember your identity (v.1) - We must focus first on our position in Christ.  It all starts there.
    2. Renew your thought life (v.2) - We must focus our minds on things above.  We must raise new internal standards.
    3. Recognize your old life is dead (vv. 3-7) - Change doesn't happen of we maintain any way to return to old patterns.
    4. Release past habits (vv. 8-11) - We must put off the old, like taking off a worn-out set of clothes.
    5. Replace them with new ones (vv. 12-14) - We get rid of old habits only when we substitute new habits for them.
  39. It is impossible to separate works from faith - yea, just as impossible as to separate burning and shining from fire. - Martin Luther,  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians  Pg 4.
  40. God works in the hearts of those that work with him. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians  Pg 5.
  41. God gives growth and spiritual strength and results (the fruits of righteousness) to everyone who works on the garden of his heart.  And it is no easy task!  It requires work...labor...and endurance" (1 Thess. 1:3).
  42. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to good purpose.  Do everything without complaining or arguing.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians  Pg 6.
  43. Although love is a work of God, it takes willing and obedient hearts.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 4  pg. 55. 
  44. Studying prophecy is good, but it is better to live in obedience to the prophetic Word of God. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5  pg. 78.    
  45. We are to live with habits. character, and purposes that can withstand the glare of daylight exposure - the scrutiny of God.  We are not to live a dark life, hidden in it's intentions or practices. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5  pg. 79. 
  46. Show respect for your Christian leaders and parents. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5  pg. 79.   
  47. Trust God to do his part in our sanctification and growth as we do our part.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5  pg. 79.   
  48. No one deserves to be called by God (referring to his call to salvation); no one merits such grace.  After accepting this call, the believers are compelled to live in a way that is fitting, or worthy, of such an honor (Eph. 4:1-3).  We are to demonstrate God's transforming grace through our behavior. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1 Pg 95.
  49. Our life on earth proceeds for a short time....then eternity.  We should order our lives with the understanding that God will judge all people some day. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1 Pg 95.
  50. The certainty of God's judgement on unbelievers should awaken our compassion to proclaim the gospel and live its truths.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2  pg. 114. 
  51. If we refuse to practice, it is not God's grace that fails when a crisis comes, but our own nature...God regenerates us an puts us in contact with all His divine resources, but He cannot make us walk according to His will. - Oswald Chambers  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 3  pg. 122. 
  52. Godly and useful living requires self discipline and purposeful choices.  We do not advance in our Christian faith automatically; it takes determination and right choices.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 3  pg. 122. 
  53. The good of the law is clear: - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:8  pg. 148.
    1. It shows us what God is like and what he wants us to be and do.
    2. The Ten Commandments are a guide for right and wrong in our daily choices.
    3. The law stands as an indictment for all those who all those who do not receive Christ and his righeousness.  By the law comes the knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:19).  Psalm 19:7 says, "The law of the LORD is perfect.”
    4. The law reveals sin.
  54. No one escapes judgement of the law.  The purpose of the law is to point out how good and holy the Lord is and how righteous his doctrines are.  It points out our inability to live righteously as God demands.  The law points out our guilt and sentences us to condemnation (Rom. 3:19-20).  But the law also guides us to the gospel as given in the apostolic writings.  It shows us our need for the Savior (Gal. 3:24).  The law does not save us; it points us to the one who can.
  55. We can always play a comparison game with other people and find someone who, by contrast, is a little worse than we are.  But our standard for life is not someone in the crowd.  It is Christ himself.  God tells us to be perfect, to be like Christ, to look to him as our standard of righteousness.  When we see ourselves as weak and frail, in need of Christ, then we will want to stay close to the Lord and his teachings.  Other wise we play the comparison game and this leads to pride. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 154-155.
  56. Physical strength and excellence require conditioning and training, dedication and hard work.  Spiritual strength and maturity require the same.  But not many people will discipline their spirits.  Too often we become satisfied with mediocrity or with watching others live for Christ.  Physical training has some limited value, but development and exercise of the spirit benefit our lives now and for eternity.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 201.
  57. The outward life of a person flows from his or her inner spirit.  Those who discipline themselves to follow after Jesus Christ, who are focused on living out the truth of God's revelation, will develop a life of growing intimacy with Christ.  They will delight God, producing goodness and godliness in what they do.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:1-5 pg. 202.
  58. We can't please God on our own; we must depend on Christ.  As a man, Jesus lived a perfect life, and so he is a perfect example of how to live.  As God, jesus gives us the power to do what is right.  It is possible to live a godly life - through following Christ. - Life Application Study Bible NIV Version - 1 Timothy 3:16 Note- Pg 2191.
  59. Jesus said: "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples" (John 8:31).  A true follower or disciple of Christ abides, or lives, in what Jesus taught. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:15 pg. 209.
  60. We are the only person over whom we have immediate authority.  My ability to lead and influence others is connected to my ability to manage and live my own life well.  The Christian life hinges on conduct (life) as empowered by God's Spirit and correct faith (doctrine).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:16 pg. 209.
  61. Persevere in Christian life and in doctrine.  Perseverance is evidence of salvation; a disciplined person is willing to continue in God's way.  Such commitment will be tried again and again.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:16 pg. 209.
  62. The outward life of a person flows from his or her inner spirit.  Those who discipline themselves to follow after Jesus Christ, who are focused on living out the truth of God's revelation, will develop a life of growing intimacy with Christ.  They will delight God, producing goodness and godliness in what they do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 210.
  63. As imitators of a God who acts consistently with his nature, we are under obligation to live from the ppower of his indwelling character in us (Eph. 6:9; Col. 3:25).  Expediency, personality, position, or public pressure should never sway a Christian's decision or weaken his resolve to do what is right (Jas. 2:1, 9). - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 5 pg. 219.
  64. Those who have chosen to follow Christ have an obligation to him.  We are to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  These six qualities mark the life of a Christian.  We are to "run with perseverance... [fixing] our eyes on Jesus" (Heb. 12:1-2).  Paul's list of characteristics closely matches the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:11  pg. 246-247.
  65. The full spectrum of life is to be lived under the reign of Christ, and it is to bedone with consistency so that no sin interferes with such a life.  This is not a Sunday event but a lifelong pursuit and commitment until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The coming of Christ has sustained the church for centuries.  It is our shame that we do not have the same anticipation, the same high expectancy of the Lord's return.  Such a glorious prospect keeps the difficulties as well as the temptations of this life in proper perspective.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:14  pg. 248.
  66. God's truth rests upon his revelation through the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles.  Faithful obedience to this will produce a healthy spiritual life, one that is fruitful in the works of God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1,  pg. 273. 
  67.  A person's identity will be revealed in what is said and done.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1:1-17,  pg. 35. 
  68. A heart for God will be revealed ultimately in a heart for people.  A heart for people will be revealed in a heart for the gospel.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1:1-17,  pg. 35. 
  69. There is no excuse for passing judgement about another person's sin.  Being impatient with God about another's sin shows contempt for the patience he shows towards me and my sin.  God shows no favoritism in his judgement of sin.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 2,  pg. 89. 
  70. Obeying the will of God is more important than knowing the will of God.  I am accountable before God for what I know about God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 2,  pg. 89. 
  71. The Work of the Holy Spirit unto Obedience - ""I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them." (Ezekiel 36:27)"
    1. When we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we were born again. We were made new in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We received a new spiritual heart, as promised of old. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you" (Ezekiel 36:26).
    2. Now, how does a new creature in Christ grow in a life of obedience? Our natural thinking might assume that a Christian could grow in obedience by simply doing his best to walk in the will of God. The next verse in Ezekiel's prophecy reveals that God has a better plan in mind. "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes." The born again follower of Jesus is not designed to operate on his own best efforts. The Holy Spirit is to be the heavenly dynamic in developing a life of obedience.
    3. A disobedient life would include attitudes and actions that our fallen physical bodies naturally crave. These are to be taken to the cross, to be rendered as crucified with Christ. "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience" (Colossians 3:5-6). The Holy Spirit wants to enable us to respond properly concerning such carnal desires. "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Romans 8:13). These fallen, natural cravings are described as the "lusts of the flesh" in Galatians. They are overcome as we yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).
    4. Again, this work of the Holy Spirit is not automatic or "robotic." Rather, it is a relational matter. It is realized in our lives through humble dependence. It is possible to suppress the work of the Holy Spirit in us. "Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19). It is when we depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead us in the path of obedience that we will truly live as obedient children of God. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:14).
    5. "Lord God of my salvation, I desire to walk in obedience to You. I confess that I often rely upon my own resources, attempting to produce obedience. Lord, please work deep in my heart by the power of Your Holy Spirit and lead me in paths of righteousness, in Jesus' name, Amen."
    6. - From the DBD 2/6 message in the MacSword Program.
  72. God wants us to walk in obedience-not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self. This may seem to be merely splitting hairs over semantics, but there is a subtle, self-centered attitude at the root of many of our difficulties with sin. Until we face this attitude and deal with it we will not consistently walk in holiness.  This is not to say God doesn't want us to experience victory, but rather to emphasize that victory is a byproduct of obedience. As we concentrate on living an obedient, holy life, we will certainly experience the joy of victory over sin.  - From the Kindle book "In Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges, location 97-99.
  73. We do not take some sin seriously. We have mentally categorized sins into that which is unacceptable and that which may be tolerated a bit.   Are we willing to call sin"sin" not because it is big or little, but because God's law forbids it? We cannot categorize sin if we are to live a life of holiness. God will not let us get away with that kind of attitude.  - From the Kindle book "In Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges, location 110, 123.
  74. Will you begin to look at sin as an offense against a holy God, instead of as a personal defeat only? Will you begin to take personal responsibility for your sin, realizing that as you do, you must depend on the grace of God? And will you decide to obey God in all areas of life, however insignificant the issue may be?  - From the Kindle book "In Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges, location 110, 123.
  75. Because God is holy, He requires that we be holy. Many Christians have what we might call a "cultural holiness." They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like Himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God.  - From the Kindle book "In Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges, location 134.
  76. Finally, there is this conclusion. We have pointed out that the privileges and duties of which Jesus speaks are for all believers, but we must also note that they are for all believers. Therefore, we warn that acquaintance with spiritual truth is not sufficient; membership in a church is not sufficient; the name of Christian is not sufficient. What is necessary is new life from God which inevitably results in a turning away from sin to faith in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior. - From commentary on John 20:22 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  77. Jesus is fully man (descended from David) and fully God (raised from the dead).  Christ, being fully human, understanding and experiencing pain and rejection just as we do, strips away all our excuses.  His obedient submission led to his great victory over death, his triumphant resurrection.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:8-9  ppg. 283-284.
  78. The contrast between the difficulties of life now and rewards to come:  If we endure, we will also reign with him.  Western Christianity has adopted one of the most damaging values to true Christian faith - the pursuit of comfort and ease.  Christ is frequently presented as the answer to our problems or the fulfillment of our needs.  Yet, Paul understood the Christian life as one of continual struggle, suffering, and hardship - to bring glory to Christ.  Christ brings to the believer the supernatural ability to persist, to endure, and to respond with joy and thanksgiving (Col. 1:10-12).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:11-12a  pg. 285.
  79. God cannot bestow his glory upon anything evil or tainted.  The Christian life demands unswerving obedience and allegiance to Christ.  It places responsibility upon each believer to maintain a pure, unpolluted life.  Such a person is holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.  Each person chooses whether he will be fit for God's use.  This sobering thought brought Paul to his urgent plea: Flee the evil desires of youth.  Those seriously committed to Christ must flee anything that smacks of evil or anything that would interfere with faithfulness to God.  Fleeing provides only half the equation, however.  As we flee from evil, we must pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.  Christianity doe not consist merely of prohibitions, but of positive and powerful actions.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:20-22  pg. 288.
  80. As believers, our responsibility is to speak God's truth, live out his nature, and pray earnestly for the salvation of those who continue in Satan's nature, and pray earnestly for the salvation of those who continue in Satan's grip.  We ask him, by virtue of his authority, to grant a change of heart to those who are estranged from his truth and love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:25-26  pg. 290.
  81. Determine to work for God's kingdom.  Put people ahead of projects, reconciliation ahead of personal feelings, and truth ahead of acceptance.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2  Applications - pg. 292.
  82. Nowhere does Christ call his followers to figure out dates (of rapture), hide from the unbelieving world, or give up.  In the third chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul directed us to stay at it.  He urged us to keep living godly lives, keep sharing the faith, keep teaching about righteous living and the future hope of all who believe in Christ. Paul issued a challenge to the faithful: persevere in hardship, do not retreat, cling to the Scriptures as the power of God to affect change and give direction in a godless time.  Despite the raging spiritual battles, the moral disintegration, and the anarchy, Christ and his church cannot be overwhelmed.  God's truth and Word will triumph, both now and in the future.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Conclusion - How should we live?  - pg. 307.
  83. The days will become progressively more evil.  Christians must be realists, not blind to the truth of suffering, opposition and persecution.  Our focus looks beyond the moral confusion to the victorious Christ and the goodness of his Word.  Through the holy Spirit and the Scriptures, he has given us everything we need for living successfully in this fallen world.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Conclusion - How should we live?  - pg. 308.
  84. Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby I grow to be more like Christ. - From the section on conversion on page 82 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  85. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) - Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  - Joshua gives three steps to Bible study.  First, keep listening to God’s Word.  Keep reading it aloud.  Don’t let it depart from your mouth or mind.  Second, meditate on it.  Mull it over in your imagination.  Think about it when you drive to work adn when you sit at home.  Ponder it when you lie down and when you rise up.Third, obey it - be careful to do everything in it.  Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  When we’rconsistent in our daily devotions, it’s easier to be consistent in our daily duties.  – From the March 29th devotional from the book Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.