Summary: living in this life for Christ is impossible without Christ dwelling and empowering you.
Living Godly in an unholy world
Father, this morning we desire to come to you with the hopes and promises of Jesus. We hope that you will be with us and guide us and lead us into worship and an intimate time of you speaking to our open hearts and minds that want to serve you. May you today as we look for some solutions show us words of encouragement in your word that help us be who you have called each of us to be. In Jesus name! Amen.
Solutions…this is what we have been looking at for the last few weeks in this series called solutions.
Finding answers from God’s word that would help us in everyday life.
How many believe that to find the best answers for your life- God has to be involved?
We have looked at the essentials of God’s Word - God not only is able to save us but He desires to save us from our sins.
To experience power in our lives where the Holy Spirit can equip us to live abundant lives instead of just surviving.
Last week suffering- Going through some stuff! Anyone going through some stuff?
We are going to keep it going this morning!
Text- 2 Timothy 3:10-17 if you would turn there-
Remember, last week, 2 Timothy Chapter three began with the announcement of terrible times in the last days- people being lovers of themselves, boastful, abusive, disobedient, ungrateful, unholy, out of control… the list went on and ending with having a form of godliness, but denying the power of God.
Don’t you deny the power of God the opportunity to work in your life because you are not listening!
2 Timothy 3:10-17 Read from Bible
Paul’s charge to Timothy- Paul’s charge to each one of us
3 things I want us to look at
Living a Godly life
Allow Scripture to shape your life
Being equipped for the work that God calls us too.
I am just going to throw it out there this morning
Living a Godly life
(10) “You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings- what things happened to me.”
Paul is saying to Timothy- you know a lot about me- you know areas of my life that some have not been invited into. Right- not everyone knows your business- because you do not let them in to know those things.
There are some doors, we do not open to everyone- only some selected people. That is why it is so painful when those we trust hurt us.
Paul says… Timothy you know me.
He says you know much about me, so much that you know that God rescued me from those things that hindered me at times
Do you have someone that close to your heart? They know you that well?
It goes back to the importance again of a mentor in your life.
In fact, Paul says that all who want to live a Godly life will be persecuted like him.
Learn from me
(12) “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”
I ask you this morning- are you being persecuted for your faith in Christ? Or are you just hassled a little because some don’t want Jesus messing up a good thing they think they have.
What is your definition of godly?
Most when they define godly either think that it is some magically perfect person that they could never be or they dub it down to be a good person-
One extreme where most will never accomplish so they don’t even try.
Dubbed down to just a good person and the bar set so low they think all are there.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible calls a godly person a holy person.
The bible tells us that God is holy and we are to be holy.
Our holiness is not because we are a good person, but because we serve a holy God.
Our holiness and our righteousness hinges on what Christ did for us and not on our actions alone.
The holiness of God requires judgment- “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
If you do not want to serve God and you want nothing to do with His mercy and Grace- He will not force you to spend eternity with Him. There will be a separation that you choose nobody else.
There will one day be judgment by a holy God against sin.
Even if a sinner turns from his sins…his sins must be covered; they cannot be ignored.
That is why only Jesus can forgive sin and put us in a right relationship with Him.