Prescription for Life

I’ve been reading lately in the book of Timothy and there are some verses that are really touching my heart regarding the way we are to live.
Did you know that the old fashioned word “chastity” is another expression of godliness?  It means living within the boundaries of innocence, modesty, perfection and purity.
When God chastens us He is doing several things in our hearts.  He is convicting us of our sinful ways and His Word educates and instructs us in the way of righteousness. We are not bound by lock and key ~ His love liberates us!
The chastening of God causes me to rein in my self will and live a life of inward purity which is then reflected through our righteous and holy behavior.
We are to “train ourselves toward godliness” which keeps us spiritually fit, not growing lax in our desire to exercise godliness in our daily lives.  To keep ourselves spiritually fit we must be self-controlled, exercising the fruit of the Spirit.
Resisting the desires of the flesh and choosing to walk in step with the Holy Spirit will result in our looking for places to do deeds of kindness, to speak words that are edifying and bring blessing.  Our hearts will become more tender as our ears are attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit and our flesh becomes quick in obeying the promptings of the Spirit.
Paul isn’t giving us a list of things to pick and choose from, he is giving us a prescription for life that will bring continued health and healing to us.  A doctor “prescribes” or writes out a particular medication for specific ills and this “prescribed” medication brings about healing.
“Prescribe and teach these things”.  1 Timothy 4:11
“Prescribe” in the Hebrew means to write ~ to engrave, describe, subscribe, inscribe,  inscribe indelibly.
We are, as people who belong to God’s household of faith, to inscribe, have engraved in our hearts and minds the Word of God so that all of our living may be in agreement with the Written Word.  We subscribe to that which is true and right and that which we are instructed through His Word to do we are quick to take action.  We become doers of the Word and not hearers only.
Psalm 119: 111 -112  I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.  I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end.
Will you join with me in walking through our days consistently having our inner eye illuminated with the Light of the World, for then the essence of our lives will be confirmed by the love that motivates our faith and actions.  We will have a walk of faithfulness and truth as we set the ordinances of God before the eyes of our hearts.
In times of affliction we will not flinch from the fire. Grace will flow freely and we will escape the snares set by the wicked because the Law of Love is etched, inscribed upon our hearts and no matter the test or temptation, we will not stray in our hearts because we have fully embraced the presence of Jesus with us.
We will be eager and willing to walk out the precepts He has set forth for us to live with liberty, joy and freedom.  We will no longer be torn between two masters ~ there is only one Lover of our souls and His bountiful love is forever entreating us to do that which is right.
We will experience the liberation that comes when we no longer cry out for His grace and mercy to cover us but, instead, live out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us.  Purity then brings forth unity as we have learned to live being empowered and emboldened by the Spirit’s holiness.
Doesn’t this sound like a great way to live ~ free.
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