“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1). What motivates you to live your life for Christ? The promises that this verse speaks of; are promises that come from a relationship with Christ. Since we have those promises, we need to strive for holiness while we fear God. Jesus said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Our love for Jesus should motivate us to be holy. “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Strive for holiness today in your walk with Christ and fear God.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). We do not like to suffer any kind of trial or affliction. However, this verse says that our affliction is but for a moment, compared to the glory that awaits us. Paul says that this glory outweighs all our afflictions and will last forever. So when the trials come, remember that they are for but a moment compared to the eternal glory we will have in heaven, in the presence of Christ.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1). We live in a world in which the darkness of sin is overwhelming. However, a light has come that will dispel the darkness. The light is Jesus Christ, He said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12). As children of God, we are to arise in this darkness and shine His light which is in us. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Arise and let the Light of Christ shine through you.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). We are told to walk circumspectly, in other words, live carefully. As wise Christians, we are to see the world through God’s eyes and use every opportunity to please and glorify the Lord. When the opportunity to serve the Lord arises, we should seize that moment, because evil dominates this world and eventually those opportunities may vanish. In Ephesians 5:8, we are told that we are light in the Lord and should walk as children of light. Look for the moments to serve God and be that light that someone needs today.
“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7). Paul in this passage describes the Christian life. First, you are rooted like a tree planted in the ground, in other words, you are planted in Jesus “born again.” Next, you are built up in Him, growing in Christ and the more you are taught, the more stable in the faith you become. Finally, you exhibit a continuous life of thanksgiving. Does this verse describe your life? If you are not living the life for God that you should, then at this very moment get on your knees in prayer, repent of your sin and start living a life that is rooted, built, established, and full of thanksgiving.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6). This passage tells us that the God-man Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. Even today there are those that look to others as mediators, such as dead saints or ancestors. But the Word of God is true! Jesus is our mediator to God, providing salvation by giving Himself as a ransom for man. In other words. Jesus paid the price for your sin. Christ is the only way to God, Jesus spoke these words “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, If not go to my website http://www.T4GM.org and click the link “How To Become A Christian?”
“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4). In our public schools today our children are taught a theory called evolution. The theory of evolution teaches that man evolved over billions of years from a single cell organism to what he is today. The main reason evolution is pushed as a fact in our schools is because it takes God out of the equation. But this verse tells us that the Spirit of God has made me and the Almighty has breathed into my life. That God created you, and everything around you is one of the foundational truths that we must believe as children of God. We need to be like David in Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Praise God for creating you and giving you life.