August 8/2Corintthians 7

Verses 1 > the promises that Paul is talking about are found in the last three verses of chapter 6 where God said that we as his temple needed to separate ourselves from sinful practices. He promised to be our God, to be close to us, to be our Father and we would be his sons and daughters. We do not work for our salvation. The work begins after we have been saved and set free from the power of sin and adopted into God’s family. The work comes in as we turn away from the things that displease God and become involved in the things that please him. If stealing was an issue by the power of God within us we turn away from that and become givers instead of takers. If gossip was our sin of choice we turn away from that and silence our tongue in those areas. In our new household with God as our Father these things are not acceptable.

Philippians 2:13–15 (NLT) — 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

God has worked into us the desire and the power to please him. He has put within us his love, his joy, peace, patience , kindness, self-control etc.  now we must work that out into our everyday lives. It is possible to speak the right words but still have an unregenerate heart. There are many people that can quote scripture and argue doctrine but when life squeezes them their lives lack God’s love and tenderness.

Example: the manufacturer of toothpaste has worked the toothpaste into the tube. In order for it to be useful to us we must work it out onto our brush and use it. When the squeeze is put on you what comes out? Is it useful, is it loving, is it kind, or patient or good or gentle or meek?

But more than just working out these things we have the privilege of on going fellowship with our heavenly Father. We can be in constant communication and we can take him with us wherever we go! We can talk about everything with him. This is going on to holiness. This getting to know our heavenly Father is a process. Good relationships take time. He wants to be a father to us. He wants to help us and listen to us. He wants to hug us and hold us. He wants to love on us.

You who are parents do you have children the you want to father or mother but you can’t because they have gone off and alienated themselves from you? It is heartbreaking right? You want to talk to them like a father or a mother but they won’t let you. You want to hold them and hug them but they will have none of it. Well don’t alienate yourself from your heavenly Father. The more we practice the presence of God in our lives the more we will get to know him and what pleases him. In time we will find ourselves pleasing him more and more and when we do sin we will coming running to him instead of away from him, instead of hiding from him like Adam and Eve; because we know that he has already forgiven us and his arms are wide open ready to embrace us and love us! Do you know your heavenly Father this way? Begin today to know Him!

Isaiah 49:15–16 (NLT) — 15 Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! 16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

Luke 15:20 (NLT) — 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Isaiah 40:28–31 (NLT) — 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul sent a letter to bring correction. He was happy that it produced the fruit of repentance. He was also happy that his boasting about the Corinthian church to Titus was proved true. Our challenge is to learn from correction and show agape love to others.