November 7, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

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Galatians 3:22 Being Locked Up

 

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But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:22

Being locked up means that a person’s rights are taken away. He is no longer free and has no real life. He is bound up inside of a prison cell, with no where to go or the freedom to go anywhere else.

Very few people liked to be bound up in a prison. The majority of people try to live a life that will keep them out of a prison, yet, most are still locked up in a prison. This prison is not one of bars and four walls, but is a spiritual prison.

The world lives in sin and chooses to continue to live in sin. This causes most people to live in the prison of sin, they are bound up in sin and cannot leave it.

Although many in church claim to be freed from the prison of sin, there are still many who are not really freed from that prison. When God gave the Law, it put everyone into a prison of sin. Unless a person was perfect and never broke a single law, he was bound up in prison, waiting for death.

There are many who are in the church who still strive to live by the Law for their salvation. They feel that they must do certain things in order to get God’s approval and salvation. In this way they are still locked up in the prison of the Law and sin.

Believers in Jesus must release the hold the law has on them and believe in Jesus alone for their salvation. It is only by faith in what Jesus did that a person may be saved from his sins.

Jesus came to set you free and give you life, not to keep you locked up under the Law. Live by the Law because you want too, not because you have to live that way. Do it out of love for God and others, not out of duty. This allows you to live by faith in Jesus.

Allow God to break down the chains of sin and the Law that has kept you bound up for years. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by sin anymore.

Trust the promise God has given you in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will not be bound up by the Law; that you will know the grace God has given you; and that you will live by faith in Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 15:2 Hold On Firmly

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By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2

The word ‘gospel’ means good news or message. The gospel that Paul preached was that Jesus died and rose again. Jesus had done this in order to be able to forgive every one of their sins and to remove their sins. He paid the penalty for the sins of every person who ever lived. Paul says that they are to hold on firmly to this gospel message.

To hold on firmly is to grasp a hold of something and to not let go.

Many children have a dream that they begin to hold on to. They desire to be someone or do something some day. As they grow older, most children lose or let go of that dream. Others will say that they cannot do it and so they give up on that dream or hope that they had.

A few people will hold on to that dream and keep striving to reach it. Those who keep holding on and not give up, often will reach their dream.

While Christians do not have a dream, they do have a hope to hold on to. That hope is the salvation that Jesus provides. There have been many in the church who began to believe the gospel message, but later let go of it. The cares of this world pulled them away from holding onto that gospel message. Or they get caught up in working for their salvation, rather than having faith in the work of Jesus.

All a believer must do is trust in what Jesus did for him and strive to live for God.

There may be times when it is a struggle for you to believe that God will save you, but you must trust His word. Hold on to that message and never give it up. If any point you give up believing that Jesus will save you, you have believed in vain. Everything you believed in becomes worthless to you.

The world will try to get you to stop believing in Jesus and that He is a waste of time. Do not fall for that, but keep believing.

Holding on will take work and effort, but it is worth it in the end. Do not let go of the gospel message in your life.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will trust in the work of Jesus; that you will hold firmly to what you believe in Jesus; and that God will build you up in Christ Jesus. 

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.

1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.