2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
This world is filled with laws. These laws include things such as the laws of Physics, the laws of Mathematics, and the laws of the Land. It is good to note that while our world has laws which keep it spinning; our Bible also is filled with laws. In this text we see a Biblical law called the Law of Reaping and Sowing. I am amazed at how many Christians expect such a great harvest with such little investments. The American Church is consumed with the mentality that God should bless us with much on the grounds that we give Him very little. A farmer will expect little fruit if he only sows small amounts of seeds. Likewise, the Christian should not wander why the blessings of God are so sparse when they have not planted much into the Kingdom of God. We must remember that if we want the blessing of God then we must be will to sow bountifully. It will require sacrifice, it will require service, but the end result will be far greater than you would ever expect. Please don’t be so foolish to think that God is supposed to bless your life when you have invested so little into His Kingdom. It is not just about money, but it is about your entire life.
Today’s Challenge: Plant a lot of seeds today, and watch the blessing of God bloom.
2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
The proof is in the scriptures. The beginning of something great does not start with a talent, or platform. The beginning of greatness starts with a willing mind. The battles that take place in the mind are vast. The mind can imagine vanity, it can create fears, and it can cause panic. It is also a place that can dream big, cultivate vision, and overcome adversity. A willing mind can over look fears, overcome obstacles, and overpower strongholds. A mind that is willing is far more powerful than a body that is able. Ability always helps, but God just needs a willing spirit. It is evident through the people God has used that He does not care about ones talent or ability as much as He cares about their willingness to serve. God is not as interested in our ability as He is our availability. Talent is always God given, but it takes a willing spirit to put that talent in God’s hands. We must make sure we stop dwelling on what we are able to do and start dwelling on what we are willing to do.
Today’s Challenge: Look beyond your abilities and concentrate your attention on your availability. Ask yourself the question: Have I made myself available to the Lord?
2 Corinthians 7:1 “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.”
The concept of “perfecting holiness” is something that seems really out of reach. We are reminded that we are not only to pursue holiness, but we are to perfect holiness. The Lord desires we live according to Biblical Principles. Here are three things that must be done in order to perfect holiness:
- We are to Pursue Holiness: The process of perfecting it, involves the desire to have it. It is hard to perfect something that you do not desire.
- We are to Practice Holiness: Remember the phrase “practice makes perfect”? The same concept applies here.
- We are to Pattern Holiness: Following Christ allows to model and pattern holiness. It is through the process that perfecting holiness is achieved.
Some might say that we can’t ever be perfect. I agree. We will never be perfect on this earth. However; there is no sense in not trying to settle for less.
Today’s Challenge: One of my favorite quotes “In the pursuit of perfection you will achieve excellence.” Vince Lambarti
2 Corinthians 5:7 “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
Our walk with God must be a walk by faith. Faith is very broad Biblical subject. However; the Christian’s spiritual journey must be one that is conducted completely by faith. Faith is the ability to see something that cannot be seen. Faith believes God to the extent that it sees what God sees. In order to walk by faith we must first begin to trust God eyesight better than ours.
There are times when we pull up to a busy parking lot that I tell my son to hold my hand and follow me. He grabs my hands and begins to follow me. He can’t see what Daddy can see because of size, maturity level, and inability to see. He must trust the sight of his daddy to lead him safely through the obstacles in the parking lot.
The same thing is true for the Christian. Life is full of obstacles, and dangers that can’t be seen. By faith we hold on to our Heavenly Father’s hand and trust Him to lead us safely to our destination. There are things we can’t see. In order to walk by faith, we must trust God to see for us. After all, His eyesight is much better than ours.
Today’s Challenge: Learn to walk by faith. Trust God to see for you today!
2 Corinthians 4:3 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
God did not design the His Gospel to be hid. He created us in order to expose the Gospel. When we fail to present the Gospel we are hindering the spreading of the Gospel. We allow fear, pride, and rejection to prevent our Gospel message from being presented. There is a great need for Christians to share their faith. Sharing our faith seems to be the most difficult thing Christians try do. As Christians, we possess the cure. We did to look at what we hid when we hid the Gospel.
- We are Hiding Hope: When we fail to share our faith we are failing to share the message of hope.
- We are Hiding Heaven: Can you imagine knowing the directions to Heaven and never giving a lost person the map.
- We are Hiding Help: We possess a one size fits all solution to people’s problems. It is not that Christ is a solution, He is the only solution.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t hide the Gospel!
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
This is a verse that opens the door to all kinds of opportunities. Many people consider Christianity to be that of bondage. However; this verse shows us that the presence of the Lord produces the exact opposite. The presence of the Lord will always produce liberty. We talk about a life of freedom so much but we neglect the very thing that offers that freedom. Liberty is something that few people ever experience because they fail to experience the Lord. There is no way a person can truly be set free from the bondage of sin without the Spirit of the Lord present. Instead of the presence of Christ in our Church services we have resorted to man-made glory rather than the manifested glory of the Holy Spirit. It does not have to be pumped, or primed by the hand of man. The presence of the Lord is something that must be desired. We must move all things aside and desire the presence of our Lord.
Today’s Challenge: Get the Lord in everything we do
2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.”
This is a refreshing verse for any morning. Many times we wake up with sorrow in our hearts, fear in our spirit, and confusion is within our minds. Today may be one of those days for you. There are even days where you get blind sided with a blow that you had no clue was coming. There is no doubt days like this makes life more difficult. However; we have a promise that God always causes us to triumph in Christ. There is no doubt that God uses these moments to cause us to lean upon the power of Christ. Those moments when we have nothing left to hold us up, we must realize our strength cometh from the Lord.
God is the one that always causes us to triumph. The Lord is our strength, our shelter, and our stabilizer. We must realize today that it is God that brings the victory. It is the Lord that manifest his knowledge by us. There is nothing man can do to order victory. Your triumph is caused by God.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t look to man for the victory. Look to the Lord!
1 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
A tribulation is a situation or circumstance that applies tremendous amounts of pressure to our lives. Tribulations come in different magnitudes. We face the ones that seem easy to handle and we face the ones that seem like they are about to crush us into a million pieces. I find that allows tribulations to enter our lives for a purpose:
- To Propel us toward the Lord: Without tribulations we become self-sufficient. Tribulation propels us back to the Lord. A tribulation causes us to go from independent to dependent.
- To Prepare us to Help Others: Experience is always the best education. We use that education to help others deal with the troubled times of life.
- To Produce more Faith: God has given all of us the measure of faith. The tribulations of life are the active ingredient that helps us reach deep within our spirit for the faith that is required to make it through the given situation.
He is truly the God of ALL Comfort.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow the tribulations of life crush you, but use them to propel you!
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all your things be done with charity.”
God blesses what is done through love. I think where we have failed is that we have neglected to us utilize the attribute of love. Love opens doors, and it really opens hearts. I actually think people allow you the opportunity to make mistakes if they know you really love them. Chapter 14 taught us to do things decently and in order. The only way those two things can be accomplished is when you do them with a heart of love. Everything must be done through love. We find that love will accomplish so much more than any other attribute.
- Love will allow you to Correct People: When people know that you love them they will allow you to offer correction.
- Love will allow you to Connect People: The heartbeat of any family is that of a loving heart.
- Love will allow you to Console People: If you love them then you will be able to comfort them by hurting with them.
Today’s Challenge: Make sure the things you are doing are being done because you love others more than your own self!
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Anything done for the Lord is not wasted time. My hope with this article will be to encourage the believer and local church member about their proper place in the ministry of God. This verse is a charge from a preacher to the local church that encourages of several things:
- It reminds the Church where their Victory
- It reminds the Church how to keep the Victory
- It reminds the Church how to maintain the Victory
The victory of a church is not found in a position, it is found in the person of Jesus Christ. God gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is who you must rest upon in all things.
The key to maintaining victory lies within vs. 58.
- Be Stedfast – settled and seated. The problem with so many people is that they are not settled on anything. They question everything. When God shows you something, or tells you something you must allow that to settle you.
- Be Unmoveable – means unshakeable. When we are unsettle on what we believe we become susceptible to being shaken by circumstances and people. There are people out there that want to shake you up. Just remember when you get shaken you usually spew and that is always a big mess.
- Always Abounding – means to stay engaged. Stay engaged in the work of the Lord. Don’t let situations or circumstances keep you from being engaged in Kingdom activity.
Remember the way a person maintains victory is when they realize that what they do for God is never in vain. Working and serving God is always a work that pays tremendous dividends.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow the situations, circumstances, or people around you prevent you from being what God intends for you to be.