Monday, August 29, 2016

1 Corinthians 3:1

However, brethren, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!] 1 Corinthians 3:1

Saturday, August 27, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:15-16

But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him]. For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:15-16

Friday, August 26, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:13-14

And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit]. But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

For a third time now in the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians our Father tells us that the Truth is meaningless and foolish to the world. We are told that the world is incapable of knowing the bottomless and bountiful riches that are in Christ. But their ignorance doesn’t mean for one second that we are unable to bless them in spite of their lack of knowledge. 

Think of Jesus and how our Father used Him. No one truly believed Him and yet how many were healed by Him. The dead were raised, even though they and their families did not believe or understand. A family actual scoffed at Jesus right before He raised their child. Water was turned to wine for a group of people who had no idea of the Truth. Ten lepers were healed and only one thanked Him. Everyone who was responsible for killing Him were forgiven even though they never asked for forgiveness or even thought that they needed it. The Apostles constantly saw miracles and were even empowered to perform them and they still doubted and mistrusted Jesus and yet they were still served by Him. So just because the carnal man may doubt or think that the Truth is foolish doesn’t stop our Father from loving them and doing for them. 

Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]. Luke 6:28

Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. Romans 12:14

We are now one with Jesus Who ever lives to intercede for us and He does it for us only because of Grace. So how could we not freely bestow blessings on everyone, whether they understand the Truth or not? We are not better than them, we are not loved by our Father more than them. And because we do have the Holy Spirit and because He does allow us to know the profound things of our Father, we cannot help but to be used to serve them. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:10-12

Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-12

We will never be able to understand our Father with our own intelligence and that is a great thing. It’s great because that means that we are not limited in anyway shape or form from knowing all of the Truth. Our Father tells us that He gave us His very own Spirit so that we may know His profound and bottomless things. We have the Holy Spirit so that we may comprehend and realize all that our Father has for us. The Holy Spirit allows us to appreciate all that Jesus has secured for us. The reason that we cannot stop believing, even when the world throws all of the evil that it has towards us, is because the Holy Spirit will never allow us to. We have been sealed by Him until the Day that Jesus eliminates the worlds sin.  

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). Ephesians 4:30

When I was younger preachers would always use this verse to scare us. They would say that we could somehow run the Holy Spirit off. Really? Our Father Who knows the beginning and the end, Who is in control of all things, and Who will never leave us or forsake us can be run off because we screw up? Here is the Truth, we are going to mess up. Our Father plainly tells us that we are, yet He says that He will still have mercy on us all. So the Holy Spirit, Who is God, is never going to abandon us. All that our Father is telling us here is to trust in spite of what is going on and to not get all caught up in worldly things. If you read the verses before and after verse 30 our Father is basically telling us to Love, which we cannot help but to do, because Jesus and His Love now abide within us. It is up to the Holy Spirit to teach us all of the Truth and always bring it to our remembrance.   

But you have been anointed by [you hold a sacred appointment from, you have been given an unction from] the Holy One, and you all know [the Truth] or you know all things. 1 John 2:20

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:9

But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Here is a great place to remind ourselves exactly what our Father has given us with salvation.

Understanding: But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13

Peace: Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27

Joy: And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts]. John 17:13

Power: Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. Romans 8:37

Hope: May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 15:13

Health: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5

Protection: I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. John 17:15

Free From Sin’s Power: But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. Romans 6:22

Provision: And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Mercy: For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

Victory: But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Glory: I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: John 17:22

Life Eternal: In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! John 3:15

Jesus was really successful and because of what He was able to secure for us we now have life and we have it abundantly. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:8

None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8

The Bible tells us some very interesting things when it comes to the Rulers of this world. The first thing that we all need to know is that every last one of them has been placed in their position of authority by our Father. So many of us fret over elections, relax, our Father has already decided who He wants in office and they will knowingly or unknowingly carry out His will.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1

For in this city there actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel, To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur. Acts 4:27-28.

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, I have raised you up for this very purpose of displaying My power in [dealing with] you, so that My name may be proclaimed the whole world over. Romans 9:17

Our Father hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He could demonstrate to the world just how great His power was in delivering His children. Our Father also had Pilate and Herod do exactly what He wanted them to do when it came to Jesus. Just because someone is in a leadership position in no way means that they are not fully carrying out the will of our Father, whether they know that they are or not. This Truth should bring us great peace, because so often we worry over who is in control, when all of the time it is our Father Who is. This is why we have been empowered to pray for all of our leaders, even the ones that look like they are absolutely nuts. It makes no difference who the leader is, they are carrying out our Father’s plan. We have to remember that sometimes our Father will use hardship to strengthen us and the leaders that He anoints for that hour will serve His purpose. Look at Jesus’ life, our Father had Him killed by Pilate and Herod. What they allowed to happen looked really bad and then our Father rose Jesus up from the dead and it was far better for us than anyone could have ever imagined.

First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way. For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior, Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

The Holy Spirit within us will allow us to come to the peace of our Father being in complete control, regardless of what it looks like. He will empower us to not condemn and He will empower us to pray regardless of who our Father places in control.

Monday, August 22, 2016

1 Corinthians 2:6-7

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:6-7

You read that? We were just told that we are perfect, isn’t that great. The wisdom of this world tries to tell us that we aren’t, but the foolishness of the Truth proclaims that we are. We are perfect because of the power of what Jesus has done for us. Our perfection does not lie with our own actions or abilities, it only lies with Jesus, and as He shouted out from the Cross, it is finished. Jesus has accomplished all that is needed so that we are now perfect through His success. 

And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth. John 17:19

For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.] Romans 3:28

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] Romans 8:28-31

All of these Truths sound foolish to the world and they confound the wise, but they are the Truth that has set us free. We are able to glory in the reality that our Father has destined for us to be justified before He ever created the world. He has made us righteous in spit of all of our supposed shortcomings. Our Father has justified us by removing every last law that could ever stand against us. He has completely justified us even though we never earned it. He freely made us righteous by Authoring and Finishing our Faith to believe the Truth. We have been liberated by Jesus and we are now more than conquerors through His power that is constantly at work within us. None of it makes any worldly sense and yet our Father allows it to make perfect sense to us. 

Never allow anyone or any organization to bring you again into the bondage of trusting in yourself. Grace has overcome everything that would ever hinder us from being perfect. Christians are perfect because we have been forgiven and nothing shall ever be charged against us. There is absolutely no one to condemn us any longer and through Christ we have complete freedom.