Keep the commandment without stain or reproach
until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which He will bring about at the proper time--
He who is the blessed and only Sovereign,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone possesses immortality
and dwells in unapproachable light,
whom no man has seen or can see.
To Him be honor and eternal dominion!
1 Timothy 6:14-6
There is so much here to meditate on and rejoice in!
Jesus is coming back at the proper time… we don’t know when that is, but until then we live for Him. We obey Him. We don’t ever give up doing what’s right.
He is the only Sovereign. The Ruler.
He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
That was my Sunday School yesterday from Revelation 19! Look at it. He’s returning at the end of the tribulation with the armies of heaven and will slay the lawless one with the breathe of His mouth.
He alone is immortal.
God dwells in unapproachable light.
He will have the honor and eternal rule.
Right now there are so many little rulers. God is extending His grace.
But there is only One Ruler who will take His throne and make a home in which righteousness dwells. It’s sure hard to imagine. But it’s true. I’m living for these eternal realities. It helps me today as I live in this messed up world. I’m thankful God is extending grace. I woke up singing today…
In lovingkindness Jesus came
My soul in mercy to reclaim,
And from the depths of sin and shame
Through grace He lifted me.
From sinking sand He lifted me,
With tender hand He lifted me,
From shades of night to plains of light,
O praise His Name, He lifted me!
He called me long before I heard,
Before my sinful heart was stirred,
But when I took Him at His word,
Forgiv’n, He lifted me.
His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
When from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
In love He lifted me.
Now on a higher plane I dwell,
And with my soul I know ’tis well;
Yet how or why I cannot tell
He should have lifted me.
I love 1 Timothy! There are so many practical instructions for different groups of people. Today we are back to women. See an earlier blog on women.
Having a reputation for good works;
and if she has brought up children,
if she has shown hospitality to strangers,
if she has washed the saints' feet,
if she has assisted those in distress,
and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
1 Timothy 5:10
What kinds of things should characterize a believing woman’s life?
This one verse talks about a widow who has lived a life for God. It is a beautiful picture of qualities every believing woman should pursue!
A reputation for good works= not only does she do good things, but is known for it.
Brought up children= not just had children, but taught them how to act, to love the Lord.
Shown hospitality to strangers= hospitable to people she doesn’t even know. The Bible talks a lot about us being hospitable!
Washed the saint’s feet= I love William MacDonald here:
"Washing the feet of visitors was the duty of a slave. So here the thought doubtless is that the widow has performed very menial services for her fellow Christians. But it might also mean to have washed the saints' feet in a spiritual way, with the washing of water by the word. This would not mean public ministry, but simply visiting in homes and using the word of God in such a way as to cleanse believers from defilement contracted in their daily walk."
Assisted those in distress= Helped people who are suffering in some way.
Devoted to every good work= pursued good works.
The thing I love about this woman is that she is not self centered, she is others centered. This goes against our culture and our nature! What a good reminder as I start my day today! I want to be devoted to the right things! You?
I thought I’d focus on the verse about women in 1 Timothy 3.
Women must likewise be dignified,
not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
1 Timothy 3:11
Dignified= someone who is respected
Not malicious gossip= someone who doesn’t slander others
Temperate=someone well balanced
Faithful in all things= someone who is completely trustworthy
Be like Jesus. That is a great goal for the day!
And on a another note, God is giving me songs about Him being King this week. I woke up today singing this song. and it blessed me, so I am sharing it with you.
O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!
I think King worshipers are people God transforms into being dignified,
not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. That’s what I want to be!
A King worshiper and a transformed woman!
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1
Today is a good day to pray.
Who do we pray for? Everyone. All those in authority.
Why? So that we can live a calm and quiet life for God.
Why? So that people will be saved!
For there is one God,
and one mediator also between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself as a ransom for all
1 Timothy 2: 5, 6
Whatever you do today, pray.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17
Today I’m rejoicing in the KING!
Eternal… He is without end. The beginning and the end!
Immortal…Living forever. Never dying. Never decaying.
Invisible…Not able to be seen.
The only God… There are no others. He is God alone!
To HIM be honor and glory forever and ever! AMEN!
What made Paul burst into this praise? He was thinking about the way God saved him.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
among whom I am foremost of all.
Yet for this reason I found mercy,
so that in me as the foremost,
Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience
as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15,16
I found mercy.
Now to the King!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!