1 Corinthians 6:11 You Are No Longer What You Were

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

The majority of people in the world live as they want to live, with only the goal of a happier, easier life some day. In the process of getting that happier, easier life there is very little standards that need to be held.

It is pretty much that anything goes, as long as it makes one happier and life easier and does not harm anyone else directly.

Paul had just described a long list of types of sinners. Now he tells the Corinthian believers that is who they once were, but they are now washed, sanctified and justified by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Every person who is a believer in a church, was a sinner who had nothing to do with God and His commands on how to live at some point in their life. While he may not have been a murderer, he may have been a liar, a cheater, sexually immoral, a gossiper, jealous or more. All of these things make him a sinner equal to a murderer.

Now that one is a believer, his life must be changed. He can no longer live in sin, regardless of how little or how big that sin is.

At the moment one chooses to follow Jesus, repenting of his sins, he is cleansed of all past sins. He is also given God’s Holy Spirit to give him strength and direction to change and be a new creation in Christ Jesus. He is no longer what he was, but someone new in Jesus. The past slate of doing wrong is washed away and a new life is given.

If you have chosen to follow Jesus and have repented of your sins, you are a new person. Since you are no longer who you once were, do not allow the past sins to rise up and control you.

Choose to no longer be a slave to sin, but a slave to God and His righteousness. The more you focus on being like Jesus, the less you will focus on sinning against God.

Jesus paid the price for all of your sins, do not allow yourself to go back to those sins or to any new ones.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to change you into a new creation; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; that God will reveal areas in your life that are controlled by past sins; and that you will know the cleansing God has done for you.

Romans 15:13 How To Overflow With Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Hope is something that many in this world do not have. Everything in their lives appears to be falling apart, including the world around them. All that is shown in the news is death and destruction.

People are struggling to find joy and peace, causing them to look for both in places where there is only death and more pain.

As Paul is drawing to close on his letter to the Romans, he is praying that God will fill them with joy and peace as they trust in Him. The reason for this is so that they may overflow with hope through the Holy Spirit.

Along with the world, many believers have lost a lot of joy and peace as they look at what is occurring around the world. Not being blind, they also see death and destruction. It does not appear as if God is doing anything to stop the evil that is rising.

Strong and true believers, however, will see things differently. While they see the death and destruction, they know that God and His followers will win in the end. The recognize that God’s word says that things will get worse before they will get better.

In knowing this, they have a joy and a peace that the world cannot know nor understand. The Holy Spirit residing in them gives them power to stand strong and true for God. They know that God is working out all things for their good, despite the circumstances around them.

Believers, who are standing like this, are looking forward to the day when Jesus returns and wins the battle for eternity.

Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power and hope to make it through the battles in your life. As you trust in God, you will be filled with a joy and a peace that all will be well in the end and that you are on the winning side.

Do not let the death and destruction of this world rob you of the joy and peace God has for you. This world will die and all death and destruction will be destroyed for eternity some day soon when Jesus returns to take you home for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy in trusting God; that you will know the peace in trusting God; that you will overflow with hope in Jesus; that you will be filled, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Acts 7:51 Are You Resisting?

You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51

Being stubborn is something that many people like to be. They feel that they are right no matter what is shown them. They also want to do things their own way.

Acting this way is something that is often learned and continued on from generation to generation. Parents are stubborn in their ways and do things a certain way, and the children learn from them and continue in the same actions.

Stephen had been taken captive by the people for preaching the gospel message. When asked if the charges were true, he tells the history of Israel. At the end he charges the people as being just like the rest of their ancestors, killing all the prophets, resisting the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His people in how to live on this earth for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit would help people to remember what God taught and said, and lead them in the right way to live for God.

Most believers will say that they don’t ignore the Holy Spirit, but they will not always do what God is telling or lead them to do or not do.

Many people just ignore what the Holy Spirit is saying. They ignore when God is nudging them to not go down a certain path. Sin is chosen over holiness and righteousness, because it is more ‘fun’ and feels good in the moment. They will crucify other believers or themselves for a momentary pleasure or self-righteousness.

Following God means that one often has to deny self and follow the Holy Spirit in the moment for a greater, eternal reward.

God’s Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide you in every area of your life, each and every day. He gives you the option as to whether you will listen and obey or not.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or resist following the Holy Spirit.

Remain open to what God is saying to you by His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God can do great things in and through you. He is able to change your heart and mind to follow after His heart and mind.

Are you resisting the Holy Spirit in your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit leading and guiding you in your life; that you will do what the Holy Spirit tells you to do; and that you will allow God to turn your heart from the love of sin.