Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21st September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21st September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21st September 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21 September 2022 Written BY BY DR. JOHN KOESSLER (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: PURSUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

SCRIPTURE:  1 Timothy 6:11–16

KEY VERSE: Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 TIMOTHY 6:11

MESSAGE

In warfare, a tactical withdrawal is when an army retreats while continuing to engage the enemy. Sometimes it is a sign that the retreating army is outmatched. But in the spiritual warfare of the Christian life, it is an offensive measure. We defeat the enemy by fleeing from him and pursuing God instead.

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The “all this” that Paul tells Timothy to flee is described in verses 4–10. Although the internet hadn’t been invented yet, Paul’s list sounds uncomfortably like much of what we read on social media! It includes spiritual pride, frivolous spiritual controversies, envy, discord, malicious talk, evil suspicion, irritability, and greed. Instead, Paul urged Timothy to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (v. 11).

This is a strategic withdrawal during which Timothy is to fight the “good fight of the faith” (v. 12). It is a battle carried out by holding fast to the truth both in word and in action.

We tend to think of fighting for the truth as primarily a battle of words. The apostle makes it clear that it is also a matter of living out the truth. “The apostle gives us no teaching on holiness and how to attain it,” John Stott observes. “We are simply to run from evil as we run from danger, and to run after goodness as we run after success.”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21st September 2022

When Paul tells Timothy to “take hold of eternal life,” he is not talking about earning but acting in faith. Timothy is to act in accordance with his confession of faith. The language of confession is probably an allusion to baptism, which 1 Peter 3:21 calls “the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.” The truth that baptism symbolizes is that we have been cleansed from sin by Christ’s death and given new life by His resurrection.

>> How do we pursue righteousness? The key is to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ. We confess Christ by agreeing with Jesus’ testimony about Himself. He is our King and Savior.

Pray with Us

“Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son, Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown” (Joseph Seiss, “Fairest Lord Jesus”).

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Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 21st September 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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