1 Corinthians 15:3 Most Important

 

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For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3

There are a lot of things that appear to be very important in the lives of people. Depending upon what the situation a person is in depends upon what is considered as the most important factor at the moment.

When a person wakes up late, having overslept, the most important thing at the moment is to get going and get to work on time. When a person lives in a controlled neighborhood, and it has been raining steady for two weeks, the most important thing is to get the lawn mowed.

When a person has not had any money to buy food and the cupboards are empty, the most important thing is to find food to eat. When a person has been seriously injured in an auto accident, the most important thing is to get to a doctor quickly. When a person is in the water and is sinking, drowning, the most important thing is to get to safety.

In the eyes of most people, what is most important changes on a regular basis. However, there is one thing that surpasses all things in the level of importance. That one thing is the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for the sins of a person.

One can be on time for work, have the law mowed, have food, have healing, get to safety, but if the sins are not forgiven, then all those things are meaningless. Everything except the forgiveness of sins is temporary fixes, not permanent and eternal.

Many believers start out with trying to change a sinner from sinful ways or to get him to look different or for him to go to a church. The message needs to start out with Jesus dying for their sins and the need to have the forgiveness Jesus provides.

You would not need to believe in Jesus, if Jesus had not died for your sins. There would be no purpose in following Him. If this is true for your life, it is also true for everyone else.

Paul knew this and reminded the people of what he passed on to them, that they should pass it on to others.

As a believer, what knowledge is most important to you? What information must you pass on to others?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will pass on the knowledge of the reason Jesus died on the cross; that you will be a witness of what Jesus did; and that you will live for God because of what Jesu did for you.

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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 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

 

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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

All over the world there are people who want joy and peace. They want to see an end to wars and fighting. They want to see an end to crime. They want to have joy and happiness in their lives with the absence of anything negative looking.

The world seeks the joy in things that they have or do. People feel that if they have certain items, their life will be filled with joy. Or if they have a certain position in a job or society, they will be filled with joy. Or if they take certain drugs, they will find joy in life.

The challenge with all of these methods of seeking joy and peace, is that these things are all temporary. They do not last when things go tough. The world is filled with and ruled by sin, keeping joy and peace away.

True joy and peace comes in trusting in Jesus. The peace is found in trusting that God is actually in control. There is a peace in knowing that God is in control of everything that is going on. Nothing happens without His permission. Everything that happens is for the best of a person.

The joy is found in the hope that a person can have in Jesus. It is knowing that He has saved the person. It is knowing that there is coming a day when there will be no more sorrow or tears. There is coming a day when there will be eternal life with God.

Both of these are found only in the hope that a person has in Jesus. Believing that He did die and raise again. Believing that Jesus did remove all sin. Believing that Jesus will return again some day.

As you believe in Jesus, you will be filled with an eternal hope. That hope will bring about joy and peace in your life, despite the circumstances going on around you or in your life.

The Holy Spirit will give you the power needed to keep moving forward in this life with joy and peace. Know this joy and peace and share it with every person you meet. Everyone wants to have joy and peace, and you have it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the joy and peace found in Jesus; and that God’s Holy Spirit will strengthen you with His power.

Romans 8:18 Greater Things To Come

Future Hope

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.

Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.

Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.

When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.

Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.

Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.

There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes  the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.

The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.

While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.

Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!

I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering.