2 Corinthians 5:9 What Is Your Ultimate Goal?

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Goals are something that nearly everyone talks about and many strive to make, while many others totally ignore. Those who are able to set a good goal and focus on it, usually are able to attain it with much work and perseverance.

Since it often takes a lot of work and focus to accomplish most goals, most people don’t really set them with full accomplishment in mind. They quit before they even have begun.

After talking about being away from the body, dead, it means to be at home with the Lord, Paul says that he makes it the goal to please God, whether in the body or away from it, alive or dead.

The goals the world is most often known to focus on and aim for are personal health, wealth and happiness. Some will set goals to help others in some social way. In all of these goals, the focus is on temporary pleasure and happiness of self or of others. Everything in this world will eventually fade away and be destroyed.

God is the only one who is completely eternal and owns everything. It is He who made this earth and every person in it. Since He is the head person, everything should be about pleasing Him.

Those who are true believers in Jesus realize that all they have and all they are is because of what Jesus had already did for them. In light of this revelation, their goal is to please Him in every way possible.

Pleasing God means one continually turns away from sin, immediately repents of any sins, strives to live as Christ lived, and strives to bring others to the Lord and help them live as Christ lived. God does not desire anything less or anything more.

Looking at your own personal life, what do you see as your greatest goal in this life? Do not allow it to be on temporary things that will perish and fade away, but on things that will last for eternity.

Only two things will last for eternity: your soul and the souls of everyone else around you. Focus on pleasing God with your life and with the lives of others. Be holy like God is holy.

Make it your goal to live as Jesus lived and you will please God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your goal in life will be to please God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will point others towards Jesus; and that God will help you turn from the ways of this world.

Romans 6:11 Be Dead To Sin

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

In the eyes of the world there is no solid line of right and wrong. Everything depends upon the situation as to whether it is right or wrong, which can change on a regular basis.

Life is about pleasure of self for most people around the world. It is about how they can be happy, regardless of what the action is. If it makes a person happy and successful, then it is acceptable. In this way, there is no such thing as sin in the eyes of the world.

Paul says that believers are to count themselves as dead to sin, but alive to God.

When a person has died, there is absolutely nothing that can affect them any longer on this earth. No one can make them work, or stop working. No one can entice them to do something or not do something. They are dead with no feelings or abilities to do anything anymore.

Prior to becoming a believer, a person is dead to God, but alive to self and this world. His life is governed by the standards of this world–that anything that makes him happy is good.

Once a person becomes a believer and begins to follow Jesus, he is to die with Christ to sin. He is allow himself to be dead to sin so that sin has no more power over him. All desires to sin are done away with, because he is no longer alive, but dead.

Instead of hiding behind faults and past actions, one must be dead to sin. God can and is willing to change a person, to make him a new creation who does not purposefully walk in sin. This only happens when one is alive to God in Christ Jesus.

As a believer you no longer have to sin. Every sin is a choice that you make by your own free will that God has given you. Instead of falling to temptation and sinning, live for God.

Allow yourself to become dead to sin and alive to God. When you are living for God all the time, you will no longer have the time to sin, nor the desire to sin.

Focus all of your life and being upon living for God now that you are dead to sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to be dead to sin; that you will live for God; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will know the life God has for you.

Acts 12:24 It Keeps Spreading

But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. Acts 12:24

Throughout the history of the world there have been different things that have spread and appeared as though they would never stop.

Empires spread across the world as though to conquer the entire world. Viruses have spread across nations or the world, appearing to destroy everyone and everything. Draught has spread, leaving a lot of disaster in its path.

Although many things have spread widely and sometimes rapidly, all of these things have come to an end. They only flourished for a time.

As the church was going through extreme persecution, the word of God kept spreading and flourishing.

At the time a major disaster strikes, it does not appear as if it will ever end. With the finite mind and eyes of man, most do not see any hope or light at the end of the tunnel.

Believers looking at this world will see that evil is on the rise. More and more evil is being done and accepted. America, as a whole, has turned itself away from Godly principles to sin. Persecution of Christians is on the rise, getting worse all the time.

Yet, despite this rise in evil, God’s word is still alive and active. It is flourishing in the hearts of men and women who read it and make it a part of their lives. His word is changing lives, even today under great evil.

People are seeing God do great works in and through them. They have the hope that God’s word and promises provide that God will win the war in the end.

During the time a believer keeps his eyes and hearts upon God and His word, he will have hope. He will be able to see what God is doing and is going to do.

Every day you may have some struggles and see that, what appears to be, the world is winning the war. Stop and take a moment to read God’s word. Allow God’s word to penetrate your heart and see what God can do in you.

Now share that word with someone else. God can use it to change the hearts and lives of other people. His word will continue to spread, if you allow it to do so in your life, the lives of others around you and in the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will spread God’s word everywhere you go; that you will see God’s word spreading and flourishing; and that many will believe God’s word to them.

John 21:22 Poking Your Nose Into Other People’s Business

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:22

Putting their noses into another person’s business is a common problem that many people have. Sometimes it is done to be able to control another person. Often it is done out of jealousy.

Most people want every thing to be fair and equal to every one, especially when it involves themselves in the comparison. When things do not appear to be fair and equal, people see it and jealousy often arises.

Jesus had just told Peter to feed His sheep, if he loved Him. Peter then asked about John. Jesus said He could keep him alive until He returns, but it has nothing to do with Peter.

Men and women in the church are no different than people outside the church. Many are often ‘concerned’ about another person getting something that they did not get. It is an undercover for the feeling of jealousy.

They will poke their nose into the business of others to see what they are getting they are not getting. Or why one person gets a blessing from God, while another does not. Some will question God as to His choices on handing out of blessings.

How God is blessing another person is of no real concern to any other person, unless one is willing to give God the glory for the blessing. Believers should rejoice when they see someone else being blessed.

Along with that, believers should accept their assignment from God. There should be no jealousy as to what God gives as an assignment to another person. God works with each person differently, but in the same way in guiding that person in the best way possible for his life.

As you go through life, you will see God bless others or give certain jobs to that you will not get. When you see these things, do not allow yourself to become jealous about it.

Give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing in another person’s life. While doing that, you can focus on what God is doing in your own life. Be more concerned about what God is telling you to do and how He is blessing you.

Don’t poke your nose into the business of others when it does no good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is calling you to do; that you will focus on what God is saying to you; and that you will not be jealous of what God is doing in and for others.

James 2:26 Dead Or Alive?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

It is very easy for a person to claim something, but it is more difficult to prove it. People will watch movies and wonder why a person does or does not do some action a certain way. They claim that if they were in that position, they would do it differently.

People will claim that they believe a certain thing, but their actions or words will often show something much different. Actions do not always follow what one is saying.

James talked about having faith and doing something with that faith. Now he says that just as a body is dead without the spirit, so faith is dead without actual deeds done in faith.

In the same way that many in the world claim something, but live differently, many in the church act the same way. Every one in the church claims to believe and trust in Jesus and follow God. However, very few actually do actions that show that they believe in or trust in God.

When trials come their way, many suddenly get scared that God will not provide. When God asks them to step out in faith, many will back down.

Claiming to trust or have faith in God is easy. No one can directly prove differently. Actions are what proves that one has faith in God. A person is considered dead if he does not have a spirit in his body. In the same way a person does not have faith or it is a dead faith, if there are not actions to back up the faith.

Having true faith will cause one to step out and act upon that faith, knowing that God will provide and protect, regardless of the outcome. Anything less is not true faith.

You may claim to have faith in God. While that is a step in the right direction, there must be more. As you claim to have trust in God, you must now take a step of faith doing what God calls you to do or acting upon that faith.

If you do not choose to step out in faith, you must ask yourself if you really do believe God and His word. You must ask yourself if your faith is alive or dead, active or dead.

Is your faith alive or is it dead?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every area of your life; that you will act in faith what God calls you to do; that you will step out in action, trusting God’s word; and that your life will show a live faith in God.