1 Corinthians 8:6 One God, One Lord

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

In a world with billions of people, there are also billions of different views on life. People have different views on how life came into existence upon this earth and they have different views as to their purpose upon this earth.

These views range from believing in some god, to believing only in nature. Many will even believe in multiple ways of each.

Paul says that for believers there is only one God and one Lord. Both had made all things and believers live through both.

The world does not have a set standard that everyone completely believes in or follows. There are many different theories as to how life began on the earth. Some are similar to others, while some are standing alone. With all the different views, there is confusion and a lostness felt.

Many in the world often live in confusion as to how they are supposed to live their lives. All they see is many different gods and many different ways to live. There is no one set standard. They do not know or understand their purpose in their lives.

Every believer believes in that there is only one God. It is God the Father who created everything with His Son Jesus Christ at His side. Believing in only one God, gives meaning and purpose to life and removes confusion. It removes the confusion, because there is only one standard to live by.

Jesus came and showed people the way to live their lives and to please God. This guidance is now found in the Bible and is guided by the Holy Spirit.

You may be wondering at times what your purpose is in life. Jesus came to give you life and a purpose. That purpose is to love God and to love others. You are to be His witness everywhere you go, bringing more people to Him.

As you live in and through Jesus with God’s Holy Spirit guiding you, you will know how to live life in abundance and with purpose. You will not need to live in the confusion that the majority of the world is in.

And your purpose and life will last for eternity, not just a few years.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live in and through Jesus; that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will find purpose in living for God; and that you will pass on the good news of Jesus to others.

1 Corinthians 3:1 Are You Still Worldly?

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1

When a person speaks to some other person about some technical information, he must be assured that the other person can understand it. Often, the other person cannot understand technical information, unless he works in that field on a regular basis.

When this occurs, the one speaking must break down his information as though explaining it to a child. The extreme fine technical details must be left out, due to not being able to be understood.

Paul wanted to give the Corinthians some close details of the way God works, but was unable to do so. The people were still living by the world’s standards, not God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit will bring a person to a new level of understanding of worldly events and how God works. Sadly, many believers do not like to attain that new level. They are content to stay at the lower levels of maturity.

There are a lot of believers who are still living like the world, refusing to grow in the Lord and change. Some will say that they do not need to change, because God still loves them as they are and is saving them. Others will not change, because it is costly and painful.

People like this remain infants in God. They refuse to grow up and become more mature. If a child does not grow and change, there is a problem. Parents and doctors become worried and try to seek out why they are not growing, it is not normal.

For a believer to not grow, there is a major problem. Every believer must grow more mature in God’s word, being able to take on greater things of God and understanding more.

Examine your life and see how well you are maturing in God’s word and ways. Look back over time and see if you have changed for the better, gotten worse, or stayed the same.

If you have not matured, seek God’s Holy Spirit to help you grow. Be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live for God and turn away from all sin. Do not allow yourself to stay as an infant, being led by the world and its ways. Become a grownup in Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will learn to turn away from sin; that you will grow in being more like Jesus; and that you will do as God wants you to do.

Romans 12:2 Transform, Not Conform

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

One of the most common thoughts that the media wants people to believe is for people to conform. The world wants everyone to be alike, so that no one is left out. The world also wants everyone to accept everyone just as they are and never to expect change.

The mindset of the world is that with unity there will be peace. Everyone can live as each one desires.

After showing how God grafted any who believe into His family, Paul points out what to do with that information. He says to not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed in the mind to know God’s will.

Every believer was in the world at one point in his life. He lived and thought as the world did, living in and promoting sin. At some point every believer has chosen to become a believer in Jesus and accept what He did for him.

It is at this point that the believer must begin to change his ways and thoughts. Many in the church have not taken this step and have stayed in the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They continue to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to change.

These actions are due to their refuse to transform their thinking to the ways of God. They want to hold on to the past sin, rather than give it up.

Every believer needs to allow God to transform his mind, changing his ways and thinking. Doing this gives the believer strength to live for God and to turn away from sin. It breaks the desire to sin.

Each and every day you have choices to make as to whether you will live for God or live for this world. If you allow the world to influence you and control your thinking, you will live for the world, rejecting what Jesus has done for you.

Choose to live for God. Fill your mind with God’s word and His ways of thinking, acting and speaking. Allow God to transform you into a new creation, giving up the past sins and sinful ways of thinking and acting. Do what God has called you to do and be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will turn from the world towards God; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will live your life for God.

Amos 7:7 Lining Up Straight

Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. Amos 7:7 

Construction of buildings is something that occurs worldwide. One of the important parts of the construction is that the walls are built straight vertically. If the wall is off just a small amount it will lean more and more as it goes up higher and higher.

One of the ways the construction workers can ensure that the wall stays straight and true is using a plumb line. This is a line with a weighted ball on the end to hold it straight ensuring the wall is straight to the line or if adjustments are needed.

Amos is given a vision of God holding a plumb line up against Israel. It is to see how well they are lined up with God’s standards.

People often like to measure how well they are doing or not doing by measuring themselves up against other people. They use a horizontal measurement. The problem with this is that no person has a perfect alignment that stays perfectly aligned and true all the time. People waver in their alignment, in how they act and react, speak and listen.

Jesus is the only person who walked perfectly upright and straight all the time. His plumb line is lined up with God.

Every believer must have a plumb line measured from him up to God and only to God. God is above every person on this earth and is the perfect alignment.

When a believer is measured up against the standard Jesus presents, it will allow him to see if there are imperfections or not in his life. It will reveal how closely aligned he is to God’s standard of living, not the wavering standards of this world.

While it is easy to compare yourself to another person, strive to not do that but rather compare yourself to Jesus. Find out how aligned you are to the way Jesus lived.

If you find that you are not in perfect alignment, ask God to show you how to make adjustments in your life to get into alignment. Keep working at it until you are perfectly plumbed straight and true to God and His unwavering standards. God does not, nor ever will change His ways.

As God holds a plumb line to your life, what will it reveal?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will align your life to God’s will and ways; that you will fully live for God with all of your being; and that you will be a good representation of Jesus upon this earth.