God never ceases to amaze me! Last night I read through the last chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. I’m thinking, it’s just his typical greetings to and from people as well as letting them know that he’s sending Timothy… blah, blah, blah. Then in the YouVersion free bible app, I had 2 verses highlighted…
1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT13Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 14And do everything with love.
Then I go read a new study plan in the app called, “Hidden Forces in Fasting” as I’m preparing to fast and pray as America gets closer to Election Day. Lo and behold, verse 13 was one of the scripture readings.
Whenever that happens, it’s a sign from God to PAY ATTENTION! He’s telling me, this is important! Stop and think about this! Consequently, it hit me that I should just focus today’s blog and podcast on just this 2 verses. The rest of this chapter, though it helps us understand Paul, his mission, and the people he encountered back then, is good, but not critical.
So let’s break apart this powerful passage….
If you want to reap all the benefits of salvation including the 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life to you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Jesus is coming back soon! Are you ready?
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!
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