2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.
Not one day should pass without careful inspection of our spiritual condition. Daily we should examine our hearts, marking our growth in the Lord, and recognizing areas for improvement. This self-study motivates us to address our defects of character and encourages us as we realize just how much work the Lord has done and continues to do in us.
Do not fail to examine your spiritual walk and talk stock of your heart. At the beginning of this new week, see where you need to improve and enlist the Lord’s help in those areas. Jesus’ coming is very near, even at the door. Do not let your heart be found unready.
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2 Corinthians 6:2 – …behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Do not put off your salvation for a more convenient or accepted time. A better time for you to be saved will never come along; the best time is right now. Right now Jesus calls you to Him. This very moment He pleads with you to be saved. He longs to make you one of His own and to count you among His number. He died for your salvation and He would not see you lost. Do not put it off any longer. Accept His free gift of salvation. Now is the best time. Now is the day of salvation.
Further Reading – Hebrews 4:7 – …Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Everyday we are faced with challenges, temptations, and trials. Everyday we fight to make through. And, everyday we overcome is a victory. This overcoming is only possible through the power of the Lord. He keeps us from harm and walks with us daily, drawing us nearer to Him. Everyday He molds us a little more into the shape of His character; walking in His light is a constant, day by day journey.
Now that we’ve reached the end of this week, take some time to reflect. Think about what the Lord has brought you through and what you’ve gained victory over this week. Think about all the times He’s kept you from harm. Reflect on all the things you’ve overcome in the strength of the Lord. And, think about what you can tackle in the coming week as we continue to walk in His light.
2 Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
Sometimes our focus shifts from Christ so severely, we forget how much we need Him. We become caught up in an ideal of self-sufficiency, the idea that we do not need anyone or anything. We go through our lives determined to only need ourselves and to make it on our own. Such a mindset is not only dangerous, it is simply untrue.
We are not self-sufficient creatures. God is our sufficiency, without Him, we would never be enough. In fact, it is His sacrifice on Calvary and His blood atonement that completes us; nothing we have done or could ever do can compare. Our very salvation depends on our reliance on Him.
Do not fall into the self-sufficiency trap. In our own strength, we are not worthy to stand before the King of Kings. Instead, rely on God. Let Him be your righteousness, your salvation, and your sufficiency.