God is looking for Focused Effort WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God…
2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker…
Romans 12:11 (NLT) Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
1 Timothy 4:7-10 (NLT) Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle…
God is looking for desire to grow WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
Philippians 3:10 (NIV) I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…
Hebrews 6:1 (NLT) So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.
God is looking for a commitment to the truth WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT) …you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.
HOW TO CORRECTLY HANDLE THE TRUTH: First, I must know the Truth of God’s Word. Second, I must apply it to my own life. Third, I must diligently study it. Fourth, I must clearly and respectfully teach it.
God is looking for Integrity WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
2 Timothy 2:16-17 (MSG) Words are not mere words, you know. If they're not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.
1 Chronicles 29:17 (NLT) I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there.
Proverbs 11:20 (NLT) The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity.
God is looking for self- control WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
2 Timothy 2:16 (NLT) Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer…
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
God is looking for faithfulness WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?
2 Timothy 2:16-19 (NLT) Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. They have left the path of truth… “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT) The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NLT) In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay… If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.