A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes
"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience,
meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on
The religious leaders of Christ's day, especially the
Pharisees, outwardly lived by the letter of the law.
They prided themselves in their good works and their
strict religiosity. If you hear what Jesus had to say
to some of them, one would be hard-pressed to call them
godly or "men of God." They had religion, but they
didn't have godliness nor did they have a right
relationship with God.
A vital part of being involved in godliness, as the
Apostle Paul admonished Timothy, is to: "Flee ...Follow
... Fight ... and to Lay hold on eternal life.
FLEE. First, is that we flee or avoid the following
actions: 1) Not standing for sound doctrine as taught
in God's Word, the Bible. No matter what I am taught by
my church or anyone else, if it is not in harmony with,
or is contrary to God's Word, it is not from God. Quite
possibly, man-made doctrines may be sending more people
to hell than anything else. 2) The man or woman of God
is to avoid having false motives, and 3) he/she is to
avoid falling into the trap of materialism. In the
broader context, the godly person is also to avoid
greed, selfishness, gossip, immorality and all sins of
commission and omission.
FOLLOW. Second, the man or woman of God needs to follow
these characteristics: 1) Righteousness (right living).
2) Godliness (godly living). 3) Faith. 4) Love. 5)
Patience, and 6) Meekness.
FIGHT. The godly person is also instructed to fight the
good fight of faith; that is, to take a stand and fight
for justice, purity, honesty, moral living, ministering
to the poor and the hungry; taking care of the elderly;
and being God's agents in every area of life. In other
words, we are to hate and fight against the things God
hates--things that are destructive to those whom God
loves--and love and fight for the things that God
loves. Furthermore, we are to fight for the "supreme
task of the church" which is the evangelization of the
world. That is, we are to do everything in our power to
reach every person in the world with the saving gospel
message of Jesus Christ.
LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE. Finally, the godly person is
to lay hold on eternal life; that is, to live with
eternal values in mind and to make absolutely sure that
he/she is on the way that leads to eternal life by
committing him/herself to Jesus Christ who is the way,
the truth, and the life--and the only way into God's
heaven and eternal life.2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
man/woman of God--never in a spirit of legalism--but
from a grateful heart in appreciation for all that You
have done for me, especially in the giving of Your Son,
Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in my place to pay
the penalty for all my sins so I can be freely forgiven
and receive Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
1. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (KJV).
2. John 14:6. See also, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian" at: http://www.actsweb.org/christian.
SUBMITED BY: Brenda Clark Pike
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