PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
25

Abiding in Christís Teaching

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. [9]Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:8-9
Observation
Instruction of God’s commandments is crucial not only to our spiritual growth, but more importantly to our view and relationship with God. If I fail to have the right perspective, understanding of who God is, my relationship with Him is skewed. An improper understanding and knowledge of God will steer me off the path of truth and I will take others with me.

This is the work that John is writing of - the work of abiding in God and His truthful commands. That’s why it’s easy to question and detect people not following God’s commands. BUT...I must know Him and His commands as a spiritual leader of my family and church.
Application
This morning, I want to live differently by continuing devotional study of the person of God and His Word. Taking smaller chunks of the Scripture and digging deeper in study has been growing and strengthening my roots/foundation in Jesus. Abiding in His teaching not only means living by it - but knowing, understanding and studying the Scriptures.

This morning I want to be watchful of other people’s spiritual opinions and experiences (that may be true and life changing for them), and not to make theology or Biblical principle for myself or others. This is where the danger of subtle “false teaching” can creep in. I need to stay true to the Scriptures - the whole counsel of God.
Prayer
Dear Awesome Father! Thank you for revealing Your heart and self to me. Thank you for giving me deeper, greater understanding in Your Word. Please, Please - help me to grow in devotional study and revelation of who You are through Your teaching! I love Your Word - I love You... Dad, Jesus and Holy Spirit!

Devotions for August 25

Jeremiah 37,38,39
Psalms 79
2 John

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