The knowledge of Christ must effect a transformation in our lives so that our attitudes and actions will "adorn the doctrine of God" (v. 10). The words we speak will influence others only if our actions support our words. God has redeemed us from the slavery of sin, assuring us of "the blessed hope" of the coming of Christ (v. 13). Because we will one day be delivered from this world, we are to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, fixing our faith on the coming of "the blessed hope." This means we must be good stewards of the things of this world and live for the things Jesus would live for if He were in our place.
Because we can joyfully look ahead to a new life in another world, we praise our God:
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. . . .
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
(Psalm 63:3-5, 7)
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up . . .
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen (Psalm 41:10, 13).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
faithfulness with your finances,
revival among Christians in America,
whatever else is on your heart.
Finally, offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.