1 Corinthians 15:2 Hold On Firmly

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By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2

The word ‘gospel’ means good news or message. The gospel that Paul preached was that Jesus died and rose again. Jesus had done this in order to be able to forgive every one of their sins and to remove their sins. He paid the penalty for the sins of every person who ever lived. Paul says that they are to hold on firmly to this gospel message.

To hold on firmly is to grasp a hold of something and to not let go.

Many children have a dream that they begin to hold on to. They desire to be someone or do something some day. As they grow older, most children lose or let go of that dream. Others will say that they cannot do it and so they give up on that dream or hope that they had.

A few people will hold on to that dream and keep striving to reach it. Those who keep holding on and not give up, often will reach their dream.

While Christians do not have a dream, they do have a hope to hold on to. That hope is the salvation that Jesus provides. There have been many in the church who began to believe the gospel message, but later let go of it. The cares of this world pulled them away from holding onto that gospel message. Or they get caught up in working for their salvation, rather than having faith in the work of Jesus.

All a believer must do is trust in what Jesus did for him and strive to live for God.

There may be times when it is a struggle for you to believe that God will save you, but you must trust His word. Hold on to that message and never give it up. If any point you give up believing that Jesus will save you, you have believed in vain. Everything you believed in becomes worthless to you.

The world will try to get you to stop believing in Jesus and that He is a waste of time. Do not fall for that, but keep believing.

Holding on will take work and effort, but it is worth it in the end. Do not let go of the gospel message in your life.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will trust in the work of Jesus; that you will hold firmly to what you believe in Jesus; and that God will build you up in Christ Jesus. 

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1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Prove Yourself Faithful

 

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Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

It is very common for a person to be given a trust. This is the control of something, or ability to make choices regarding something. A common place of trust is in someone’s assets and or business in the event of a death. The person is given control of everything the person owns to deal with in a correct manner. The one who has been given the trust is expected to make choices in behalf of the original maker of the trust.

When a person is given the trust, there must be a certain amount of trust in that person. He is given an extreme level of power over the assets of someone’s materials. There have been many times when the person given the trust, has not proven himself faithful. They take the money and materials and do something with it for themselves and not as expected.

There are many who have done this and were caught and charged for theft. They were dishonest and unfaithful. In the end, they often end up with a large fine and time spent in jail for their theft or failure to handle the trust correctly.

Believers are also given a trust, some assets of extreme high value that need to be dealt with correctly. Every believer has been given the message of the salvation that Jesus provides for every person. They have been given God’s word to pass on to every other person on this earth.

As God has given His message and word to the believer, He expects that person to prove faithful with that message. There are many who are not faithful with the message and hoard it to themselves or use it against others, condemning them.

To use God’s message faithfully, means to live by that message and share it with others. God did not give His message of salvation for one person only, but to be shared and distributed to every person. He wants everyone to be saved.

God has trusted you with His message to this world. You have believed in Jesus and are being saved. Now what are you doing with that message?

Are you proving yourself faithful with the message? This is sharing it with everyone you meet in love and concern for the person.

Or are you hoarding it only to yourself?

I pray today that you know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share the message of Jesus the world; that you will be found faithful with God’s message He has trusted you with; and that many will believe in Jesus because of the message you share.

1 Corinthians 1:21 Foolishness In The Message

 

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For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21

The world claims that Christianity is foolishness. Many people do not want to follow Jesus, because it does not appear to make sense to them. People have a hard time with the concept of turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, trusting in someone who they cannot see, and many other reasons.

Most people feel that they are wise in the choices that they are making. They feel as though they do know what is best for them. Yet, in all of the wisdom of this world, they miss out on God.

God’s wisdom is outside the way of man’s wisdom. In the short view of looking at Jesus and God, it does not always make sense. Looking at the surface of the gospel message, it is foolishness. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on a cross for people who hate Him, did not serve God, and did not want anything to do with Him. Jesus is willing to forgive any wrongs done, with no permanent consequence. He is willing to give eternal life to someone without payment.

Why would a man allow himself to be killed in order to save a bunch of people who do not love or want him? Why would God allow this?

It was because of His love for all people. His wisdom is found in His immense, endless love for all people.

The message is a simple one, that will astound the wise. It becomes a stumbling block, because it is so simple, it looks foolish. Yet, this is the best way to save every person on this planet. And it pleases God to work in this manner, because His goal is to save every person on this earth.

Sit back and think about what God has done for you. Be amazed at the way He was able to provide forgiveness of every sin you have ever done or ever will do. And this was done before you even loved Him.

Do not allow His great wisdom and the foolishness of the message be a stumbling block to following Jesus. Be willing to believe in it and be saved. Also be willing to preach or tell others of what Jesus has done for them.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others the gospel message; that you will trust in God’s great wisdom; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message.

Romans 9:3 Deep Compassion For Others

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For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, Romans 9:3

There are people who put their lives on the line in order to save other people. Firemen are willing to go into a burning building, that is extremely dangerous, in order to attempt to save someone. Those that do rescue missions, often place them in harm’s way to save a person. Those in the military walk into dangerous situations to protect someone else.

While there are many that put themselves in danger, very few will purposely get themselves injured or killed in order to save someone else. The injury or death will only occur  by accident, not on purpose.

Paul states that he would be willing to be cursed and separated from Christ, if it meant the salvation of his people, the Israelites. To many people, this sounds extreme and crazy. Very few people would want to do something like that.

Yet, that is the very thing that Jesus did for every person on this earth. He came to this earth to be cursed, hung on a cross and separated from God. All of this was so that every person could be saved. It was not an accident that got Him killed on the cross. It was not that the world overpowered Him and captured Him to kill Him. Jesus laid down His life for all people. His love was that great to sacrifice Himself to save others. Jesus had a compassion for people that ran deep.

God does not call every person to physically die in order to save others, as He did with Jesus. Yet, God does call every person to die to self and seek to save others. He wants every believer to get the gospel message out to every person that they can, as fast as they can.

How much compassion do you have for those who do not know Jesus? What are you willing to do, in order to see them come to Jesus?

God may not ask you to die, but He wants you to reach the lost for Jesus. Allow the love and compassion of God for people to fill your life. Make it your life’s goal to reach the lost for Jesus. Be willing to put your life on the line in order to get the message out.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the love God has for all people; that God will give you boldness and strength to spread the gospel message; and that you will have God’s compassion for all people.

Luke 10:3 A Lamb Among Wolves

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Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

Jesus had been teaching the disciples for some time. Now He chooses to send them out to start working on their own at spreading the gospel message. He tells them that there is a great harvest and a lot to do. He then says He is sending them out as a lamb among wolves.

Wolves are a predator type animal that farmers do not like. When wolves are hungry they will seek farm animals for food. One of the challenging things with wolves is that they do not work alone, they always work in packs. A group of wolves will surround and animal in order to take it down for food.

Lambs are one of the easiest animals for a wolf to prey upon, because a lamb never physically fights. They are very calm and just follow a leader. Lambs eat grass and not other creatures, so they are never a threat to another animal.

Jesus tells the disciples that they would be like a lamb as they are sent out. They are not going with a physical power and fight. The disciples were going in God’s power and word. They were to show love and compassion.

The world is like the wolves. They seek to destroy and devour the lambs…the innocent people, followers of Jesus.

People in this world will work in packs trying to take down believers. Vicious rumors and lies will be spread about believers and God. All over the media, Christians are being mocked and ridiculed. A life that promotes everything against God is being promoted as good.

At times the world will even get physical with believers. Around the world there are believers who are being physically abused and tortured for their belief in Jesus.

As the world is acting like a wolf, believers are to be like a lamb. They are to be innocent and not physically fighting back. They are not to destroy and kill, but to love and bring life.

Each day as you go out, you must look at your life and see how you are portraying yourself. Are you being like the wolves and not bringing the life changing message to this world? Are you blending in with the wolves?

Or are you working to gather a harvest for God? Bring the gospel message of love and salvation to this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be known as a believer in Jesus; that you will not return evil for evil; and that you will work to gather the harvest for God.

Mark 6:12 The Important Message

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They went out and preached that people should repent. Mark 6:12

Jesus started to have His ministry expand through the disciples. He sent them out in groups of two to the different villages to preach the gospel message, while He continued teaching in each village. Their focus was to preach that people should repent of their sins.

The whole focus of Jesus’ ministry was to reach and save the lost. He came to save every person on this earth from their sins. The only way a person could be saved from his sins is by his repenting of those sins and accepting the forgiveness that Jesus offered. Believing in Jesus with repentance of sins allows a person to be saved.

People need to hear this saving message. However, many churches do not talk about it, but maybe once a year. Christian speakers rarely talk about being saved. They talk about how to live for God, how to be a good Christian, and the blessings of being a Christian, but rarely give people a chance to become saved.

Many believers may go out into the workplace or community and talk about the blessings of God or the talk against various specific sins. The challenge is that often there is no message of repentance of those sins and turning to Jesus.

Some will say that they are not preachers and leave that to the preacher only. The disciples were not certified preachers, they only spoke of what they knew. Every believer can preach the gospel message. All one has to do is tell what he knows and why and how he became saved. The world needs to hear that.

When the gospel message is first preached, then salvation will occur and God can do many miracles. The miracles are signs of what God is doing inside. Salvation cannot be seen, but the miracles can. Then lives will be changed and God’s kingdom will grow larger.

As you go out today seek opportunities to share the gospel message of salvation with those you meet. Show the need to repent of sins and turn to Jesus.

Do not just speak against the sins, but also show God’s great love and plan for them. God does not want anyone to die in their sins. He wants everyone to be saved. Are you taking that gospel message to everyone you know?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share you testimony of God’s work in your life with others; that you will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus; and that you will preach salvation to all you meet.