1 Timothy 1:15 How Do You See Yourself?

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Without peer pressure, most people do not consider themselves the worst. Many will believe they are not worth much, because of the pressures of others around them, but seldom as the worst.

Most want to believe that they have some value or good in them, even if they are not the best. In thinking this way, very few like to put themselves down and will often fight back if someone else puts them down.

Paul points out that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Then he states that he is the worst of sinners.

Going through life, most people see it full of problems, but they also believe that they can overcome those problems. They see value in life in getting and doing things. Anything is allowed in this process of getting and doing, as long as it does not harm anyone or anything else. There is no universal absolute moral right or wrong.

Inside the church, there have been many who have bought into this type of thinking. Sin has been accepted and many believe that they are a good person, ignoring the standard God had set.

The believer who has realized what Jesus did, who He is and who he, himself is, will understand their own filthiness of sin. Instead of seeing himself as a good person, he will see his sin and consider himself the worst of sinners. This believer will judge himself against the standard of Jesus, who was perfect.

As one judges himself this way, he will understand the love and mercy of God to save him from those sins. It will also push him to strive and live the holy life God is calling him to.

Although you may not be ‘as bad’ as someone else, you are a sinner that Jesus wants to save. Every time you disobey God in any way, you sin. Any and all sin that you do makes you the worst of sinners with Paul.

Regardless of how little or how much you sin, you are sinner that God loves and wants to show mercy to. View yourself as a sinner that Jesus is redeeming, God loves and is having mercy on. Allow God to change you and make you holy as Jesus is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will understand that sins you have done against God; that you will know God’s great love and mercy for you; and that God will make you holy as Jesus is holy.

1 Corinthians 1:9 God Is Faithful

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Searching for a faithful person is difficult. On a regular basis, people change their minds, change directions and let others down. Although sometime this occurs for a good reason, it is still difficult to trust others because when it happens, they are not completely faithful.

The faithfulness most people have are to themselves. They are quick to take care of themselves in whatever manner that requires, even at the expense of others.

As Paul opens his letter to the Corinthian church, he tells them that God is faithful and that He has called them into a fellowship with Jesus.

While many believers have chosen to believe in Jesus and God, they struggle with trusting and understanding His faithfulness to them. The struggle comes from the fact that many of the people they know are not very faithful in most situations. Others have let them down so many times that they struggle to trust that God will not let them down.

The small picture, short term vision that people have, makes it difficult for people to see God’s faithfulness. God is faithful in that He will always do what He has promised, even though often it does not look the way one may think it should look like.

As soon as one repents of his sins, God will forgive. At the right time, God will always provide exactly what is needed. No matter where a person goes, God is still right there with him. He will always give wisdom and direction, when He is sought out and obeyed.

God’s faithfulness is seen in what is needed and best for each and every person with eternity in mind. All a person must do is believe God.

Take a moment to look at all the promises of God. Ask God to reveal to you the ways He has fulfilled many of those promises in your own life. As you do this, you will begin to see how faithful God is to you and that He will remain faithful to you.

Allow yourself to put your entire life into His hands and trust that He will do what is best for you. He has called you into fellowship with Jesus and will not leave you, nor forsake you. He is faithful and can be trusted.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will trust in God’s faithfulness for all of your needs; that you will remain faithful to God; and that you will grow in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 21:5 All Will Be Made New

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Starting completely over is something that most people do not care to do. It means a complete turn over of the way everything is done. Most like to be able to make some small changes, but continue with the way things were.

There does come a time when starting over is the best thing to do. It gives a person or business a chance to do it better the second time.

John sees Jesus on the throne saying that He is going to make everything new. Heaven and earth are to be destroyed and made new again.

God has always been a work at making things to perfection. When man chose to sin, God immediately began to work on removing all sin and bringing everything back to perfection.

Since man has sinned, the world is filled with decay and death. Life is very limited upon the earth. Problems abound everywhere.

The new believer in Jesus is to become a new creation in Jesus, the old passing away and all becoming brand new. He is to no longer live a life of sin, filled with death and destruction. This is the beginning of all things becoming new.

When Jesus returns, He will destroy the heavens and the earth, because they are filled with the corruption of sin and death. God will not leave everything as destroyed.

Just as with the believer becoming new, God will also make a new heaven and a new earth. In heaven, the believer will also be made perfectly new with a new body, new mind, and new heart. Everything will be started over with perfection for all eternity. It is the hope that the believer can look forward to.

As you are going through your days, you will have many struggles and a lot of pain. It may feel as if the pain and suffering will never end.

Read what Jesus said, that He will make everything new. He will allow for a restart that is done in perfection. Jesus will complete the work that He has set out to do when He returns. Hold on to that hope and believe the words of Jesus, because everything He says is trustworthy and true.

In Jesus you have a bright hope for tomorrow.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that God will give you strength to continue to grow in Jesus; that God will make you a new creation; and that you will trust God’s word to you.