06-10-18 1 Corinthians 9:1- 22 Getting God’s Word In and Getting God’s Word Out
God’s Supernatural Love Enables Us to Find Contentment Where We Are, As We Are
The Holy Spirit Empowered!
We all know that we should exercise our bodies, that’s why we have gyms, we also know we should exercise our minds that’s why we have universities. Tests have shown that exercising your mind can increase its abilities, the same goes for our spirit. There is another organ, our Spirit, and it too needs disciplined. It is the organ designed to commune with God and for most of us it is going into atrophy. Because of the objective cleansing of Christ we are free to commune with God. Through this process we are SUBJECTIVELY cleansed and transformation daily. Although no psychological determination can overcome our vices and the foothold of the devil in our lives, Christ can. We have new life, new freedom, new authority, and new power, we just need to learn how to operate in it!!
This week we looked more into how the gospel balances us out and frees us from painful habits of trying to hard, failing ones self, and becoming irrepressibly discontent with ones own status. On the other hand we talked about how the gospel roots us and keeps us from rebellion. Last of all, “he who is inflated by the praise of man, and deflated by the disapproval of man is still a carnal man.” The gospel gives us a secure identity that doesn’t crumble when others are cruel towards us or shower us with dissaproval.
In-between liberalism and conservatism we find gospel freedom. On either edge of the spectrum there is abuse and misconception. And on both edges of the spectrum there is good to be found. The gospel permeates everything, turns us to more than just works, more than just Do’s and don’ts. The gospel is the plumbline that hangs right down the center. The gospel is true freedom and the gospel is free of judgement.
Only Christ can change lives in a way that is significant. We must exercise care to discern and do what would be appreciated and beneficial to others.
Seek for Jesus. Enjoy your life through Christ. Include him in your activities.
Self pity + arrogance = pride