20 November: Putting Opposition to Shame

Today’s chapter show how the Creator’s Instruction is not just another set of rules to be enslaved by, but a means of aligning His Word in this world and putting opposition to shame…

READ TITUS 2  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

I stepped out of the shower and could hear the TV going in our room. Mark was watching an interview with former Iranian prisoners Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh filmed at Holy Trinity Brompton.  As I curled my hair, I was mesmerised by their harrowing story[a], yet captivated by their strength and beauty. For the first time, I could imagine the exquisite Mesopotamian beauty of Iraqi born Sarah and Rebekah[b] – wives of Abraham and Isaac. While imprisoned for their Faith in God’s Word, one strand of their story caught my particular attention.

In all the suffering and confusion with the constant threat of execution awaiting them every new morning, they seemed to rise to a sort of example through their calm and constant hope. People saw an unusual peace in them, just as others had seen from Bonhoeffer in the WWII Nazi prison. Even under awful circumstances, they had a sort of attraction about them that germinated further faith questions from fellow prisoners and guards alike. After many months and finding that they had nothing bad to say with these two ladies, some of the guards were even ashamed of how they had been treated and apologised privately to them!

I was in tears with their stories laden with the Miracle of Grace that they experienced as answer to prayer, after surviving their storm-filled ordeal. Then I opened my Bible…

Yet again, Paul’s first century message is totally applicable for the 21st Century! At first glance, this chapter could be yet another set of antiquated rules. This could be true if I took an egocentric view of Scripture. Instead, God’s Word is all about God from start to finish – He and His Word are at the centre. So the life-style behaviour is not about ME. Any changes I make in my attitude and actions as a result of reading this letter to Titus, are about my reflection of God and His Word. So that no one will malign the word of God – God’s Word won’t be dishonoured. [v5]  So that those who oppose me will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about me.” [v8]

Father God help me to change more and more everyday so that, in every way, I’ll make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive. [v10] …Read more?… CLICK to follow “20 November – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

I’ll talk about the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord. According to all that the Lord has granted me, and the great goodness toward His people that He granted out of His compassion, and according to the abundance of His kind-heartedness. [Isaiah 63:7]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of Timor Leste[c]
  • Your Nation: Prison Ministries
  • Yourself: “Fruit of the Spirit” in you[d]
  • Your concerns for today
Jesus said: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. [Matthew 11:28]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Father God, help me not to be destroyed for lack of knowledge. If I reject knowledge, You’ll also reject me from being Your priest. If I forget Your Laws, I could risk You forgetting my children. [Hosea 4:6]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

The Lord supports the afflicted but He brings down the wicked to the ground. [Psalms 147:6]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual CONFLICT

Watch out! Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [1 Peter 5:8]

[a] http://www.amazon.co.uk/Captive-Iran-Rostampour-Amirizadeh/dp/1414371217/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416403667&sr=1-1&keywords=maryam+rostampour+and+marziyeh+amirizadeh

[b] Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis 26:7-11

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/timo/owtext.html

[d] Galatians 5:22-23

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