October 10, 2018 Promise Of God

 

1 Thessalonians 5_23-24

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2 Corinthians 7:1 Purify Yourself Of Garbage

 

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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People need motivation or a reason to do something that is not normal. Those that do things that are not normal have some type of motivation to keep them moving forward on a different path.

It is motivation to make money or have a certain position that moves a person to go above and beyond the normal person in their work. Or the desire for a healthy body motivates a person to exercise more. The successful person is one who has pushed through all the obstacles to get what he wanted.

Believers have a motivation to do things that the majority of the rest of the world will not do. Their motivation is found in the promises of God. God promised He would forgive those who repent. God promised that those who follow Jesus would be able to enter heaven and have eternal life.

Throughout the entire Bible God has given many different promises to those who believe. With those promises, it can motivate a person to want to live for God. To live for God is to keep one’s self from anything that is impure. Bad thoughts, bad actions, bad words, and any other sin.

Jesus has purified a believer of all sin. Now it is up to the believer to strive to keep from polluting the body with any more sin. This is not done to get saved, but out of reverence and respect for what Jesus has already done for the person. A person cannot do anything more to be more saved, but does things because he has been saved.

Each person has different things that they must purify themselves from. Each person sins in different ways and at different times.

Seek God to find out what you may have allowed in your life that is contaminating your body and spirit. These things could be physical or spiritual, but both can be polluting. Ask God to help you purify yourself from anything that is bad.

Jesus has already forgiven you, now just live for God in a pure and holy way of living. With God’s strength and guidance this can be accomplished. Do all of this out of love for God and for what Jesus has already done for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal dark areas in your life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of all garbage in your life; and that you will live for God with all of your heart. 

1 Corinthians 12:12 Unity In Diversity

 

Church

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12

Paul uses the body as a great example of the body of Christ, the church. There are many parts but one body.

The human body is an amazing work of God. It has many different parts, yet they all work together in unity. A person needs the leg, just as much as he needs the hands. He needs the lungs, just as much as he needs the heart. If any part of the body is taken away, the rest suffers.

There are many people who view the church as very separate and not really in unity, because of the many different denominations that exist. While there is some truth in there being disunity in the various denominations, there is also some unity also.

Even inside a single church, there is always some diversity. Not every one agrees on everything. One may believe in outreach to children, while another is focused on outreach to the elderly. One person may have the gift of teaching, while another is more focused on prayer. One may like contemporary worship songs, while  another likes the hymnals. None of them are wrong. Each one is needed.

The focus of every believer and every church must be on following and obeying God and building His kingdom. For each person this may be a slightly different method. This is where diversity comes in, the many body parts. The unity is in the focus and the mission. The diversity is in the different methods.

The body suffers when one part is not functioning correctly in the way it is supposed to. The church body will also suffer when one part is not operating correctly. When a person or church group is not functioning in God’s will, everyone will suffer some.

Many people do not like the diversity, but it is needed. Take a look at your life and ask God where do you fit in with His body. What can you do to help the body function in a healthy manner?

Complaining and fighting against each other, will not bring about unity, but division. Focusing on building His kingdom and show love to everyone will bring about unity of His church, despite the differences in methods.

What is your part in His body?

I pray today that God will reveal to you the work you need to do; that God’s love will show through your life; that all churches will focus on God’s love and building His kingdom; and that God’s kingdom will be built through His people.

1 Corinthians 7:4 Not Your Own

 

husband and wife

The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:4

Marriage is something that God had started in the beginning of creation. However, it is something that mankind has chosen to abuse. The definition of what marriage is has changed over the years again and again. How people go into marriage is dependent upon how they see what marriage is.

In recent years, there has been a change when a couple gets married in their marriage contracts. They now put in certain stipulations that if certain things are not met, the marriage is annulled.

Each spouse now has the view that they are their own person in every way, even inside of marriage. Each has their own bank accounts, cars, jobs, friends, bills, and the list goes on. They are living in the same house, but are living separate lives.

Paul talks about how the wife is to submit herself to her husband and the husband is to submit himself to his wife. It is to submit to each other.

Submitting here is giving in to the desires of the other person, putting the other person first. It is building the other one up and seeking to meet the other’s needs first. When both are seeking to do this, both will be built up and there will be unity.

Many marriages end because one or the other, or both, are seeking one’s own desires above the other. This is not a sign of love or respect, it is selfishness and separation.

God is not a God of selfishness and separation. He wants all to be in unity and love, to be generous with each other.

If you are a married person, you are no longer your own person. You are one with your spouse. Seek to build your spouse up and meet his/her desires. Show the love that God has shown and given you. Jesus did not seek His own good when He died upon the cross, but He was seeking your good, what was good for you. Do the same for your spouse.

As you put God at the center of your marriage, you will put your spouse at the front of your marriage. Then your marriage will be stronger.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for others; that God will be at the center of your marriage; that you will put your spouse above your self; and that your marriage will be built upon God’s love and word.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Purifying The Body And Spirit

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

Paul had just finished telling of some promises God had made. These were that believers will be saved, that God will be their God, and that they will be His people. In light of these promises he now tells people to purify themselves from everything that contaminates both body and spirit.

Believers in the church will readily see the need to purify the soul of any sin. They know that sin is bad in the spirit of a person. The challenge for many is knowing what is sin and what is not sin. The world has influenced the church so much that many sins are watered down and are no longer seen as sin.

Often believers will overlook what they are thinking in their thoughts because they feel it is not sinful to have bad thoughts since there is no action to it. Others often refuse to forgive someone else of a wrong done. These and many other things are still sin in their spirit.

The other area that is often overlooked is the body. People will eat junk foods continually, or drink bad drinks, or take drugs that are bad for their body, or refuse to exercise their body. This is not taking care of the physical body God has blessed the person with.

Your focus should not be on anyone of these things or of many other things that may need to be done or not done. Your focus needs to be on Jesus and what He wants for you.

Are you taking care to not contaminate your spirit in any way? Are you trying to be pure and holy before God? Jesus paid the high price of death for you. Will you abuse the price He paid?

Are you striving to take care of the body God has blessed you with? What contaminates are you putting into it? What nutrition are refusing to give it?

God had fearfully and wonderfully made you the way your are. Do not mess up His good work. Be a good steward and take care of your body and soul. The best way to do that is focusing on loving and serving Jesus with all of your mind, body, soul, and strength.

I pray today that God will reveal what contaminates you are allowing into your body and soul; that God’s Holy Spirit will fill your life to clean out the sin; that your focus will be on Jesus; and that you will honor God with your body and soul.

1 Corinthians 12:12 Unity In Diversity

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

Paul had just stated that God has distributed different types of spiritual gifts to all believers. Some of these were healing, wisdom, and prophecy. Immediately he hits an issue that he knew would come. This issue is one of jealousy. He points out that there are supposed to be many parts to the body of Christ.

People who have a certain gift from God, often feel that their gift is the most important gift to have. If you don’t have that one gift, you really don’t have anything.

In your physical body, there are many parts to it. Each part plays its part in your body. No one part is more important than another, all are needed. Some may say the heart is the most important part since it pumps your blood, but if that is all you have, how would you get the needed oxygen? If your hand was most important and that is all you had, how would you get around?

In the body of Christ there are those with gifts from God of wisdom, or tongues, or interpretation of tongues, or prophecy, or one of the other gifts God gives. Each gift is important and needed to build each other up and build the body of Christ up.

Do not allow yourself to think that you are the most important one or have the most important gift. Work together with others and their gifts. There is a diversity of people and gifts in church. Each are important and needed in the way God has for them. Remember, also, that this diversity is in the gifts God has given each believer, not in sinful lifestyles and acts.

Work together and be in unity with other believers. Do not look with jealously or pride on others because of a gift God has given you or them.

Today I pray that God will reveal to you the gift He has given you; that God will give you wisdom in how to use that gift for His kingdom; that you will work together with other believers and their gifts; and that there will be unity in the body of Christ, His church.

1 Corinthians 9:27 Striking Your Body

“No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:27

Paul went around preaching some strong words to many people. He came against many very harshly for living in sinful lifestyles. With this in mind he knew that he had to live his life in the same way he was preaching. He did not want to get to the end of his life as a failure after preaching the truth for so long. To prevent this he would beat his body into submission.

There has been many preachers and evangelists over the years who have spent many years preaching the gospel message. Their sermons and teachings were great, only to find out in the end they fell into a sinful lifestyle and ended up leaving Christianity to live in the world’s ways.

Not only have preachers and evangelists done this, but so have many people in the church. Some have told everyone they knew about God, always were active in helping in the church, always praying and reading the Bible, only to suddenly fall away from God and the church in some sin.

Paul struck a blow to his body to make it his slave, not him a slave to his body. This is his being willing to say no to sinful pleasures of any sort to keep his life pure before God.

Your body, in its sinful state, will cry out for sinful pleasures. These pleasures might be immorality, drunkenness, physical or mental pleasures, or any other sin. You must be willing to strike back and say no to those pleasures. Make your body and mind a slave to you and Christ Jesus. Do not give in to the temporary worldly pleasures.

Do not allow yourself to give in to sin at all. A little here, a little there will get you a long way off in the end. You do not want to get to the end, only to have Jesus say depart from me for I do not know who you are. Remember, Jesus said many will cry Lord, Lord, but do not know Jesus or obey Him.

Are you a slave to your body and desires? Or are your body and desires a slave to you?

I pray today that you will be willing to take a stand against sin in your own life; that God will give you the strength to stand true for Him; that God will help you keep sin out of your life; and that you will stay qualified for the prize of eternal life some day.