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Importance of Embracing Godly Principles
The Church belongs to God!
God keeps His promises. The Apostle Paul says and declares this; “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus our Lord…” Philippians 4 Know and believe in your heart that God will always keep His promises! His spiritual blessings are unlimited and they are absolutely priceless. This is why it always will be so very important to develop an ongoing personal up close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through His Word. This is more so important when we are "Called" to minister. You can only teach, preach, proclaim and embrace sound doctrine by knowing the Word of God for yourself. A strong believer and committed effective Pastor/Elder/Minister/Teacher or one who simply proclaims the Good News Gospel of the Lord’s Word must be rooted and grounded in the FAITH to do so effectively.
Titus was one of the dedicated Elders/Ministers who worked along with the Apostle Paul. He was a Gentile. He witnessed many things firsthand that the Apostle accomplished for the Lord. Titus was ordained to further nurture the growth of the Church by teaching, preaching and proclaiming the uncompromised Gospel of Christ Jesus. Paul commissions Titus to ordain Elders and here in the Book of Titus he expounds upon their qualifications.
Paul begins this wonderful Epistle to Titus by asserting a complimentary salutation: “To Titus my true son in our common FAITH: Grace and Peace from God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” Titus 1. Here from the very beginning Paul embarks by expressing his desire for Titus to carry out and complete the work of the ministry that he had started. The need for qualified Elders to be appointed was of the utmost priority. The listed qualifications of fidelity, patience, self-control, honesty, meekness, commitment and obedience to God’s Word are evident.
False teachers were ruining the households
As a matter a fact Paul makes a brutal statement. “For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced; because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not teach and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of your own prophets has said that Cretans are all liars…” Titus 1 Pray for discernment for I have also learned that this continues to be so in some places of worship.
Paul knew that Titus’ journey would be challenging and tedious. His calling to the Church in Crete would not be without difficulties, disagreements or persecution. He reminded him of the importance of embracing and modeling the very principles he taught. He was to be led by the Spirit of the Lord. It is through the redemptive work of the Lord we have the benefit of the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus! The Holy Spirit continually washes away our sins and renews us as we repent of any sin and walk in obedience in accordance with the principles of His Word.
Paul warns Titus not to get pulled in and bogged down by arguing the Truth of the Gospel. There were those who sought to be very divisive. This persists today as well. There are those who will do whatever it is that they feel is necessary, and go so far to manipulate others to submit to them. Therefore in general they tend to follow the traditions of man over the Word of Christ Jesus. This goes against what God has said. We are to encourage others to draw closer to the Lord and embrace His Word. When we assemble together it should be to worship the Lord "In Spirit and in Truth," hear the Word of God, fellowship and grow closer to the Lord, then share our belief with others.
We are held accountable to God for all our actions. God is totally aware of all of our intents and motives. This is why it is so important that we spend time with the Lord daily. God does not need any of us. It is His Holy Spirit that draws us to Him. Christ Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Therefore, we do not need any gimmicks. We all need Christ Jesus as our personal Savior! He is the only Way to the Father!
Here in this enlightening Book of Titus we are presented with the qualifications of an Elder. As Elders we are not to compromise the Word of God. God's approval is all we really need. There were some very serious problems within the Church at Crete. As Paul adamantly states any false teachers and teachings were; “ruining households.” The Apostle Paul urged Titus to teach “sound doctrine!” He adamantly expressed his concerns and wanted Titus to be a good steward as well a set things in order.
Marriage is God's first institution. The love between husband and wife and family life was important. Know that your Pastor does not come before your spouse. Unless of course your Pastor is your spouse. You and your spouse are or should be copartners in Christ Jesus! Afterall you are supposed to be growing together spiritually as one. Paul taught the older men & women, younger men & women the morals, principles and virtues of living a godly self-controlled life. Just look around you at the many households today that have become divided.
Jesus Christ is the Way the truth and the Life!
Be prayerful for there are some who just want to attach themselves to you and your family to bring division... They are not really grounded in the Word nor do they really embrace godly principles. God's design for marriage has not changed. He allows us the freedom to choose but there are consequences for our choices. So be wise not hasty... If you really want your marriage and or family to flourish apply or begin applying the principles of God's Word to your own life. God will meet you wherever you are and can take you where you need to be! It is never too late to start anew. Christianity is meant to be a daily lifestyle. Customs and traditions change but the principles of the Word of God remains the same. “His Word will not return void.”
Divisiveness to gain control over others is contrary to the Word of God. It results in confusion, anger, frustration, and hurt. Using a ministry role to manipulate others or sanction the works of the flesh is wrong. It hinders spiritual growth and also renders one ineffective in their ability to properly minister to others as God intended! It is actually only a carnal form of ungodliness in operation... “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless, Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him (her). You are sure that such a man (woman) is warped and sinful; he (she) is self-condemned.” Titus 3.
"Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men..." Jude 3. Many often misconstrue meekness. God wants us to diligently exercise self-control God really does know what is best for each of us! As long as the Lord has us here on this side of Heaven it is to learn, grow spiritually and live our lives to please Him! There is always room for improvement. We are all forever “becoming!”
GOD qualifies those HE "CALLS!"
God has given us unlimited access to Him through the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit as we walk in obedience to His Word. Know without doubt that He is more than able to help us accomplish whatever He intends for us to do. God does not have to ask anyone's permission to bless or equip us on the "Path of Righteousness."
Remember God says; "There are fewer that find the Narrow Path..." So it is not in the numbers...
It is God that qualifies those that He calls. It is important to have faith in God. We are not to be; overbearing, quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, and one that does not pursue dishonest gain. We are to be; self-controlled, hospitable, upright & Holy. We are to "Walk in the Light! "This does not mean that we can not have anything because God has a multiplicity of blessings in store for us as we seek Him above all else. God knows why we follow Him. He is omniscient and therefore He also knows what we need. Being holy does not mean being flawless... But it does mean to daily strive for "perfection." This means to be whole and complete in the Lord. It means that God expects us to hold fast to the teachings of His Word and daily learn to sin less as we exercise discipline.
We must begin to put things in their proper perspective. Many often confuse being Holy with being above others. God is not a Respecter of persons. Saints are supposed to embrace holiness. Being Holy means that we are consecrated and set apart for God. Once you really believe God is omnipresent you will be, think and live differently. You do not just say or do anything. Nor do you allow others to push or manipulate you. Self-control is an admirable virtue. We are dedicated and committed to living our lives to please Him above all others! "To whom much is given, much is required..."
The Gospel stands on its own merit. Titus is a rich invigorating, astute Epistle of vital and treasured infallible Scriptures that should be embraced. It contains a wealth of enriching, powerful, enlightening inspirational wealth of spiritual wisdom. Here you can discover invaluable Biblical principles of integrity for problem solving, daily living, as well as for being a responsible effective Christian leader and the work of the ministry. With GOD, "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!" that are in HIS will for us. This is so; if or when we continually allow HIS HOLY SPIRIT to continually renew our hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS. Everything that we will ever need for life, daily living and eternal life we can discover in God. For yes with GOD we can become whole! Therefore strive and thrive to learn to live each day; “To GOD be the GLORY!” ~
© 2021 Elder DeBorrah K Ogans
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on October 04, 2021:
Greetings Nathaniel Stalling Jr,
Grace, joy & peace to you in our Lord & Savior Christ Jesus.
I am thankful to hear that you have been blessed. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. You are always welcome.
Nathaniel Stalling Jr from Detroit, MI on October 02, 2021:
Hello Elder Ogans,
Thank you for sharing this very informative and instructive post. I enjoyed reading it. Keep them coming.