10 September 19

We are not the be jellyfish. We are not to sit around, doing nothing, and wait upon the spirit of God for all revelation. Paul, who was not one unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit and with mighty acts of power, taught discipline. Being careful in your own life to stay away from that which is ungodly, to ignore the superstition and the regulations of the overly pious, to seek righteousness and not the praise of men.

We should be really righteous. We should be seeking Christ in reality. We should not care a whit about the labels — most of the labels we now take pride in were initially mockery, insults.

1 Timothy 4:6-16

6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 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. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 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.

11 Prescribe and teach these things. 12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.