Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

It is God's desire for us as His children to know that we have been justified through Christ's finished work, and that we can enjoy God's rest. God's rest refers to His satisfaction, pleasure, grace, joy, peace, life, security and all other blessings. And these blessings are available to us even in the midst of crisis!

To enjoy God's rest, we need to enter into His rest, and we enter into His rest only by faith. This is why God's rest is only for the just, and not for the proud or self-sufficient. As Apostle Paul showed, the life of faith does not involve pride despite the depths of divine revelation that we receive from the Lord (Philippians 3:12). For whatever good exists in us, is not from us, but from the grace of God given to us.

In this series, we will continue to study the truth that the just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). In addition to this, God also wants us to be diligent to present ourselves as approved, to be unashamed, and to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2: 15). The word "diligent" in the original Greek text (spoudazo), signifies "making effort". This means that true faith is not just passive, but gives birth to diligent effort. God requires something of us that He Himself works inside of us to produce, so that we can live the lives that He has called us to live. The life of faith also requires God's wisdom, and the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs teach people how to behave and build character for godly living. In practical terms, this means that we humble ourselves (James 4:10), commune with the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17), make Christ our daily goal (Philippians 3:10), and keep no idols in our lives (1 John 5:21).

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