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Training Day

 

October 19

 

Read Titus 2:11-12

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.

 

Reflect

What does God’s grace do that changes us?

 

Countless testimonies contain a phrase something to the effect of “I am not the same person I used to be” or “Jesus changed me”. That’s because when we receive salvation, we are set free from the power of sin. The old us has died with Christ on the cross and the new us is raised to life in Him. But we are not yet perfected. Sanctification is a process.

 

You see, Jesus is not just our Savior. He is our teacher. Did you ever notice that in the Gospels He is referred to as “Teacher” or “Rabbi” and Jesus’s followers are called “disciples” which means “students” or “learners”?

 

In our Scripture for today, Paul says that the grace of God “trains us”. Like our first day on the job or the first few workouts of a new exercise program, we won’t know everything or have all the skills honed that we need to live just like Jesus. But we will have the greatest trainer of all time! One day, we’ll look back and be amazed at our progress. Like we aren’t even the same person anymore. We will become more like Him every day.

 

Friends, let God’s grace train you today. Open up the Word, dig in, and see what you can learn to help you deny ungodliness and live a self-controlled, godly life.

 

Pray

Teacher, I want to learn how to be more like You. Train me in righteousness and self-control. Amen.




~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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9 months ago
God, thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to not only save me but free me from sin so that I can focus on being more Christlike. Christ, please, continue to train me to turn from sin and live with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God. God, please, help me to be open to Your Word and hear Your Will. In Your Almighty Name, God, I pray. Amen.
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9 months ago
This LORD is my prayer too...my friend says that 8 days is long enough to correct a bad habit. LORD, help me begin soon and keep at it for at least 8 consequtive days.
9 months ago
Praise God! Thank you for the word.
9 months ago
Having known the Lord now for 45 years, I am sooo different from the day I got saved. Jesus has changed me so much. And yet, I still long to be more like Him--denying passions, rally loving others, really loving my awesome God!
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9 months ago
Gracious God, I want to gain knowledge of what Your will is for my life. Direct my path, so I can live a Godly life. I do not want to sin anymore, I want to be Christ-like. Jesus is my Teacher and I am His student, teach me the way Lord. In Your Son precious name I pray, Amen.
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