1 Corinthians 3:10 Build With Care

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 1 Corinthians 3:10

In every city across the nation, buildings are being built on a regular basis. Many are homes, while others are for businesses.

Regardless of what the purpose of the building is, the common factor in all of them is having a good strong foundation. Once the foundation is set, care also has to be taken to use the correct materials in the correct manner to build the rest of the building. If the correct materials are not used correctly, the building will fall, even with a good foundation.

Paul points out that it was by God’s grace that he was able to lay the foundation. Others are to build on that foundation with care.

Life as a believer must begin with Jesus as the foundation. Without Jesus, there is no life for eternity. However, once a person has that foundation and becomes a believer, he must then work on building upon it to raise his life up.

It is common for a person to become a believer, but then no longer works on building his life up in Christ. Once a person is a believer, he must grow in learning to be like Jesus more and more. It starts with turning away from sin, then can grow into being a witness and making other disciples. His faith in God must grow on a regular basis. His knowledge and understanding of God’s word must also grow.

The process of building up in Christ takes focused effort and care. With no focus, the life will not be made correctly and may likely fall apart. In the end God will test how the life of one is built.

If you are already a believer, you have a firm foundation in your life. Now it is time to be built up upon that foundation.

Seek God to know what He wants of you and how He wants you to be more like Jesus. Be careful in building up your life in Christ so that you do not build it as the world builds lives. Build with eternity and God’s kingdom in mind, not yours or this world’s kingdom.

What type of building are you in God’s kingdom?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that you will allow God to direct you in growing in Christ; that your life will be pleasing to God; and that you will live every area of your life for God.

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.

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.