but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB
If you are a sports fan like I am you are familiar with saying “we” won. Even though you didn’t contribute to the actual contest, you are so connected to your team, it’s so much a part of who you are that you have to say “we”.
I don’t see and hear a lot of us doing that when it comes to our faith. We don’t say “we” despite the passage for today saying that God gives us the victory through Christ. God wants us to say “we” won. He wants us to feel that connected to Him. We are a part of the team even though all we have to do is be on the sidelines while He wins for us.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:13 NASB
This is part of David’s prayer after he had given the materials for the construction of the temple. And he gave a lot of gold and silver but still had the presence of mind to acknowledge that it had come from God in the first place. Perhaps that is why we are held back from earthly treasures. We forget that all of this belongs to God and He gives it to us to be stewards. It’s not ours, it is His. But we treat it like we own it. And thus our stuff fades away.
Let’s pray that we would be better stewards of God’s gifts to us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 NASB
Why do we hang on to our sin? We know it is bad for us, weighing us down from experiencing newness of life in Christ, yet we are clutching it like it’s a winning lottery ticket.
Here John spells it out for us. If we confess our sins, He will cleanse us. If we will subjugate ourselves to the Master, He can clean us up. But only if we let go and let God.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Romans 6:15 kjv
Here’s a fact, God doesn’t want you to sin. He doesn’t like sin. So He gave us this awesome gift called grace. We’ve all experienced grace before. Especially as children. Because as a child you did something that should have had your parents punish you severely, but they didnt. Instead they took on what should be your responsibility and rectified the matter.
But does that mean you can do the same thing again and again with no repercussions?
I would think that the answer is no.
John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
John 3:27 NASB
Gifts are something we receive regardless of our status. So when anyone says I have earned this gift, it really doesn’t make any sense.
We have done nothing to earn, much less deserve, the gift of Christ. But God in His mercy recognized what we needed and gave to us something from heaven. And we all know that heaven is the most wonderful place ever, so receiving Christ should be something we cherish and celebrate.
Let’s accept the gift and make it center of our lives. There are more gifts awaiting if we do.
Lord , I have heard the report about You and I fear. O Lord , revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk 3:2 NASB
We have gotten away from the work. Plain and simple. The work is not getting done and we have to begin to get it done otherwise we will never receive the prize.
God has equipped all of us with an ability to share the gospel. We share it based on our experience with Him and it reaches those who can relate. But if we don’t do our part how will people find out about Him? How will they love Him who loved them first?
May He revive in us a burning to share the good news.
knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.
2 Corinthians 4:14 NASB
You have to have hope in this world otherwise what is the point? Why do we do the things we do if we do not truly believe that He is coming back? Belief that Christ is Who He is, becomes the basis of hope for us. And at some point that belief becomes such a part of us that we know it will happen. All doubt is removed from our mind and we wait with anticipation for His return.
But we have to have hope, otherwise we are going through the motions.