2 Corinthians 7:1 The Real Reason Why

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People try to cleanse their body of physical contaminates for many different reasons. Some are just trying to make themselves look better. Others do it to lose weight. Some will do it for more energy.

Each person is different in what motivates them to do what they do, especially when it is something difficult to do. This works in both physical and spiritual cleansing that people attempt. Most often the reason is for selfish, personal reasons.

After telling the Corinthian church about the promises of reconciliation and a new body, Paul tells them to purify themselves of anything that contaminates the body and spirit. The reason is because of the promises of God and out of reverence for God.

It is very common for believers to flee from certain sins or bad foods to keep themselves clean. However, many will do it in order to look good to others or to make God happy with them. When it is done for these reasons, it is done for the wrong purpose.

Jesus had already paid the price for the believer to be holy before God. What one does cannot add to it any more. But it is for this very reason that the believer should strive to flee sin and anything that contaminates his body or soul. It completely for the reason that God promised forgiveness and salvation in Jesus, that one will purify himself.

Acting in this way is what shows gratefulness to Jesus for what He did and gratefulness to God for His promises. It is not about self, but about what God has done and has promised.

As a believer, think about all the promises God has promised you. Every one of those promises are for you to hold on to. Also think about what Jesus has done for you with paying the price for your sins.

Now ask yourself how you will show your gratitude for what God has done and has promised. The best way to show your gratitude is to keep yourself pure from all sin and contamination of body and soul.

Purification from these things for any other reason will be selfish and legalistic. Make your whole purpose of living a holy life because of what God has promised you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; that you will be grateful for what God has done for you; that you will live in holy reverence for God; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.

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.

John 1:1 It Begins With God’s Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1

Scientists are always striving to find out the beginning of the earth and life of mankind. People want to know how and why there is life upon this earth. They want to know the purpose of mankind.

The majority of people hold to the belief that all of this is just random chance. Everything that exists and is today, is by the chance of evolution. Yet, they still seek to find the actual beginning, that remains elusive to their searching.

John writes that is was the Word in the beginning and that the Word is God.

As the world searches for what began everything and the purpose for everything, God’s Word gives the answer. It started in Genesis and was repeated by John, that everything began with God’s and His Word.

For the unbeliever it does not make sense, because then the question comes up as to when did God begin. However, for those who believe God’s word it lines up everything in perfect order.

The good news with knowing that everything started with God and His Word, is that believers can trust Him with everything in their lives. If God has the power by His Word to create everything, then He has the power to take care of everything also in the life of a believer.

One becomes a believer because God called Him. It does not start with the believer himself, but with God. God is at the beginning of all. He is also the end of all things.

Knowing this, the believer must be willing to look to God’s word for guidance in every area of life. God and His word have all the answers to life and its problems.

God has called you to believe upon Him and His Word. Instead of looking to this fallen world and the sin and lies it promotes, look to God and His word. It is perfect and infallible.

With the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and God, you have access to all power and authority in all creation. You have access to wisdom that was from the beginning of all time.

God created everything with you on His mind. He also sent Jesus, His Son, to die for you, so that you may have the life He meant you to have. This was His plan from the beginning.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will seek God’s word in every situation in your life; and that you will know God’s word for you each day.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless

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“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 

People search for meaning to why things occur as they do. Children are always asking why they have to learn some subject or topic in school. They do not see any meaning or reason for it.

Murders occur on a regular basis and people wonder why a person does the killing, especially in mass levels of killing. People want to know the meaning of why there are wars going on.

Disasters and sickness occur in the lives of people and people are always asking why. There does not appear any reason for these events to happen.

As people seek to find answers to why things happen, most often the answer appears that the event was meaningless, with no reason that one can see or understand. When this occurs, there are many who find life is meaningless and want to end it.

Solomon starts out this book with stating that everything is meaningless. There was no reason for anything.

Looking at most things there does not appear to be any meaning for why they occur. From the world’s viewpoint of everything that occurs, there is often no reason. Things often look hopeless and with no real purpose.

Those who believe in God, however, see things from a different perspective. Events in this life are seen from God’s eternal point of view, though often it is also difficult to see or understand.

The believer knows that things that are bad that occur happen because of sin. Sin brings people to do what should not be done. Sin has brought death, sickness and meaninglessness to many things in the lives of people.

Only in Jesus does one begin to see reason and meaning to everything that occurs. Without God there is no purpose for anything. God is the one who gives life and purpose to a person.

Going through your life, you will encounter things and events that do not appear to have any meaning or purpose. Turn your focus off of those events and onto God. Gain an eternal perspective of what is going on.

Realize that a lot of things that occur are because of sin and sinful choices.

Holding onto and believing in Jesus gives meaning and purpose to everything. Never forget that God works all things out for those who believe and trust in Him.

Your life does have meaning and purpose in Christ Jesus. Lean on Jesus and hope in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal your purpose in this life; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will reveal meaning to events in your life. 

Psalm 54:4 What Keeps You Going?

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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 

In order to keep moving forward a person needs something to sustain him. The basics that every person on this earth needs are: food, water, shelter, and clothing. Without these things at a minimum he cannot keep going forward.

Beyond those basics one also needs some motivation to keep moving forward, especially during a difficult time in life. There has to be a reason to want to keep pushing forward and not give up. Many people call it quits when the going gets tough and some will even end it all if the struggle becomes too much.

Wealth, position, fame, and power are some reasons that keep many people moving forward. They hold on to the hope of these things to come or in their life to go through tough times. However, each of these things can and will fail in the end.

As David was being chased by his enemies, he was also being betrayed by a close friend. Instead of giving up, he holds on to the hope that God is his help and will sustain him, keeping him moving forward despite the challenges.

Instead of looking to the temporary things that the world seeks for sustenance, such as wealth, fame, and position, believers look to God to keep them going. He is the one who provides everything that is needed.

Along with providing food and water, God also provides a hope that is eternal. There is a reason for going through the struggles in this life that makes it all worth it in the end. This can also provide a joy and a peace that passes understanding.

These are the things that give a person strength to keep going forward when the world is fighting against him. They are internal and eternal motivations, rather than temporary and external as the world has.

Look to God for what you need to keep moving forward. You are on a path towards becoming more like Jesus every day. You are on the path God has set before you to get into heaven.

The greatest motivation you can have is knowing that God loves you and has great things in store for you some day in heaven. Don’t give up and get discouraged and want to quit. Keep moving forward.

Allow God’s love and strength and hope He provides to sustain you during the tough times in this life.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust in God’s provision for your life; that you will know God will help you in every situation; and that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward in His will.