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 13:12 The Night Is Almost Over

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Without a vision or hope for the future, people only see today. They struggle with seeing that there is a new day coming, in which things will be different.

With not being able to see tomorrow, many want to live life up today. They want to eat, drink and be merry today, because there is no tomorrow. Enjoying life in the moment with no cares for the next day is the common thought for many.

Paul says that the night is nearly over and day is coming. With that in mind, people are to put off the things of darkness and put on the clothing of light.

As believers look around them, often all they see is extreme darkness and sin. Communities around them are promoting sin and sinful activities more and more. The world appears to be black as ever, with no hope of the light of a new day.

Going through a physical night, it is always the darkest right before the sun arises on the horizon. During this time of darkness, day may feel like it will never come, but it will and does.

Although the world appears to be as dark as ever, believers have the hope of a new day, a new life coming. It is only a short matter of time before Jesus returns and a new day has begun.

Knowing this, believers are to put off the sinful deeds of darkness and sin. As the world steps deeper into sin, the believer should be leaving behind the life of sin. He is to put on God’s armor of light and live a holy and righteous life before God and man. This keeps him ready for the new day that is coming.

God has called you out of a life of darkness of sin and death into His life of light and righteousness. Though you live in a dark and sinful world, you are to be separate with the hope that is in you.

Do not give up living a righteous life before God, because the new day is coming when sin and suffering will be done away with. Hold on to the hope that God has placed in you, knowing you will win with God in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will see the day of Jesus’ return coming; that you will turn to God away from sin; and that you will put on God’s armor of light.

Colossians 1:13 Rescued From One Kingdom For Another

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13

Throughout the earth and time there have been many different kingdoms. Some have been filled with joy and happiness, while others were filled with destruction and sorrow.

Those who have lived in oppressive kingdoms or nations, have always desired to get out of them. Most people want joy and happiness in their lives. Yet, many do not even realize that they are living in an oppressive state, because that is all they have ever known.

Paul opens his letter to the Colossians telling them that he and they have been rescued from a dominion of darkness. They were brought into the kingdom of Jesus.

When a person lives in darkness his entire life, he does not know what light is. He has no understanding of what he is missing out on, because he has never seen it.

Once a person gets a taste of true freedom and life, he wants to get away from the dark bondage and death that he is in. Yet, many do not know how to escape the darkness and death.

The majority in the world are living in this darkness of self and sin and do not know it. Some have seen the light of Jesus and been rescued from it.

Every believer in Jesus has been rescued and now lives in a new kingdom, one of light, love and life. There is a joy and a peace that the world cannot understand or enjoy, because they live in a different kingdom, one of darkness and oppression.

Believers must realize where they have been rescued from and what they are now living in. Along with being a new creation, every believer is now a new citizen of a new kingdom.

As a believer, you have also been rescued from the dark kingdoms of this world. You have been forgiven and released from the bondage of sin and death in order to live life for God.

Do not allow yourself to go back into the darkness of the old kingdom, but stay in God’s kingdom. Live and walk in the light of Jesus everywhere you go while here on this earth.

There is an eternal kingdom waiting for you to step into, as long as you continue to walk in that kingdom on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the kingdom of God in your life; that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be the light of Jesus to this dark world; and that you will reach out to help bring others out of the darkness into God’s kingdom.

John 3:3 A Complete Restart Required

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

It is common in many businesses that when things go completely bad, that they shut down for a time, reorganize and then reopen. Their attempt is to rebrand themselves as better than before to build the business up again.

This type of rebranded or restarting can be seen in businesses and the lives of people. It is all about trying out something completely different, going a different direction than before.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized that Jesus must be from God and tells Jesus that. Jesus tells him that if anyone wants to see the kingdom of heaven, he must be born again.

Claiming to believe in Jesus or God is very easy for a person to do. All that is said are a few words. Many people have made this claim and believe that they are going to heaven someday. But very few have actually made a change in their life.

All over the world, there are many in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but continue to purposely live a sinful lifestyle. They have neither changed, nor attempted to change. The desire is to live in both worlds, sin and heaven.

One who truly believes in and follows Jesus will be changed. God will do a complete restart of his life. It will be as though he had died and was reborn as a brand new baby, innocent and pure. As he grows the second time, it will be as a completely different person. The past is gone and a new life has begun.

If a person has not undergone this transformation and rebirth, he will be unable to get into heaven, regardless of his words. Jesus does not save a person to keep him in sin, but to remove him out of sin into a new life.

As a believer, examine yourself. How much of your old self still remains? Allow God and His Holy Spirit to come in and give you a brand new start. Be the changed person Jesus made you to be.

Be born again into the new creation that is the image of Jesus, not the sinful, fallen world. Turn away from old sinful ways and live the life God is giving you. Be the new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to restart your life for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new beginning; that you will live as God desires you to live; and that God will make you into a new creation.