Daily Devotion for October 27, 2016

'Trustworthy Statements'

1 Timothy 1:15a NAS
It is a trustworthy statement...

I came across the phrase “It is a trustworthy statement” this morning. For some odd reason, it made me wonder how many “trustworthy statements” there were. As it turns out, there are a total of five “trustworthy statements” in the New Testament, and these are all declared by the Apostle Paul...

The first one is in 1 Timothy 1:15, which says, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” What a trustworthy statement this is, folks! What a wonderful but humbling reminder! My Lord came to save wretched sinners—to offer salvation to hopelessly lost people—and I am one of those people! On account of what my Lord has done, my life should OOZE humility (I'm a wretched sinner!) and gratitude (He SAVED me!)! “And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me...Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16)!

The second phrase is found in 1 Timothy 3:1: “It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.” The passage goes on to list the qualities of an overseer/deacon, qualities every Believer should be striving for as the Holy Spirit and Word changes and matures them to look and act more like Christ: to “be above reproach,” married to one spouse, “temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money....one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity...a good reputation with those outside the church, men of dignity, not double-tongued...or fond of sordid gain, holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience...not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things...good managers of their children and their own households” (1 Timothy 3:1-12). Yes, aspiring to these qualities is good and right! “It is a trustworthy statement!”

The third phrase is found in 1 Timothy 4:7b-9: “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.” These verses make clear that I am to be training myself for spiritual fitness: daily reading the Word, practicing what it says, disciplining myself to become more like Christ in every way, intentionally setting aside time to pray, going after and pursuing activities/people that help me grow in godliness... "For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers” (1 Timothy 4:10).

The fourth phrase is found in 2 Timothy 3:11-13: “It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also LIVE with Him; If we endure, we shall also REIGN with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.” What comfort this is: since we have faith (since we have NOT denied Him!), our dying-to-self gives us satisfying life in HIM! Though “we endure” many hardships now, one day we will gloriously “reign with HIM!” When times get tough and our faith waivers, “He remains FAITHFUL! For He CANNOT deny Himself!” Praise our Lord!

The final phrase is found in Titus 3:8: “This is a trustworthy statement...that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds. These good things are good and profitable for men.” Lord, help us to be increasingly “careful” and on the look out for the “good deeds” You have for us to do each day (through Your Spirit's leading and enabling!). Give us desire to do these “good deeds” 1) for Your glory, 2) to draw others to You, 3) to be Your hands and feet, and 4) because it's “good and profitable!”

Lord, may these “trustworthy statements” sink into our heads and hearts today. We must fully trust in them by faith. May they change us so we look and act more like You! We ask this in Your name, Savior...

AMEN!!!

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