Study to shew (show) thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Carefully study to present thyself unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 DRB
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
Never stop praying! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT
Prior to my acceptance into the nursing program, I was required to complete three core classes: Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. The minimum grade requirement was a 3.0 or the letter grade “B” with a numerical value of 80-89 as a standard for consideration. The college offered several Anatomy & Physiology classes; however, students with a major in nursing were separated from those declaring other academic majors. The premise of segregation was that if we shared a common goal–to become Registered Professional Nurses–then we would bond with one another, work as a team, and enable the process of the elimination of students who would not progress into the clinical aspect of the program. The separation proved to be effective, over half of the students were unable to achieve the requirements for moving forward to pursue nursing as a career.
As Believers, we must also adhere to Core Values which are designated in the Word of God.
1. Love God!
2. Love Others!
3. Pray continuously!
4. Study the Bible!
5. Stay away from evil!
6. Endure hardships!
7. Always obey, and have faith and trust in God!
8. Live a holy life!
9. Tell others about God!
10. Pray for the Holy Spirit to live within you!
There is not an order of importance to the core values that everyone who desires Eternal life must possess; we are required by God to strive daily and to do our part in the Plan of Salvation which is outlined in the Holy Bible.
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 NLT
When we were created by God in His image, He was already aware of the hardships that we would face throughout our lives, and He never expected us to bear our burdens alone.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-6 the Apostle Paul reminds us of the comfort that God offers to all:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. for the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. (New Living Translation)
Human Effort always requires Divine Intervention!
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth…John 14 16, 17 first part
The Bible presents the precious promises of God that are still valid for all who choose to believe. We must give up our doubts and completely trust in God in spite of our circumstances. There are many who feel that the Plan of Salvation is full of complexities as if we were walking through a maze that leads to nowhere.
Even so, the path that we walk on in life has a Guide and a Comforter who is the third person of the Godhead. We do not have to analyze or fill in the blanks with our own thought processes by questioning the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Pray and ask for the faith to accept the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Believe that God’s plan is always perfect! There is a purpose for our earthly lives: To prepare ourselves and to witness to others about the Plan of Salvation which includes Eternal Life.
Commit to the Basic Training required of all Believers: God has promised if we do our part, He is always faithful in doing His part.
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.” Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:7, 12-13 NLT
Bible readings: 2 Corinthians 1, Revelation 21-22
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for your love, your grace, and your mercies. You are great and we love you. We admit that sometimes we become overwhelmed because we lose our focus and become fixated on our sufferings instead of striving to stay close to you, and for this, we pray for forgiveness. We ask you to fill us with your Holy Spirit and to give us wisdom as we seek knowledge in your Word. Thank you for never leaving us or forsaking us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have Eternal Life through the death of your Son, Jesus Christ who willingly gave His life for us. And we thank you for giving us the hope of the return of Jesus who was resurrected and now acts as our great Intercessor in the heavenly courts. We need your guidance, and we need your strength to make it through our journey. We believe and we commit to the Basic training that is required of us to faithfully and obediently serve you. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019