Isaiah 19 & 20
2 Corinthians 6.1-18
Delayed Obedience = Disobedience
2 Corinthians 6.1-18:
2 For He says.
“ In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Salvation is both a onetime event and an ongoing process. The new birth that Jesus talked about in John 3 is a onetime event. Just as we were born once physically, we are born again once spiritually.
But that is just the beginning of the process of changing and growing and becoming more like Christ. Paul said:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2.12-13).
Just as we should not put off getting our lives right with God initially, neither should we put off obeying God in the ongoing day-to-day areas of our lives. Delayed obedience = disobedience.
In what areas have you stubbornly refused to obey God?
Is there a relationship that needs to be reconciled (Matt. 5.23-24)?
Is there a habit of the old man which needs to be put off and its biblical alternative put on (Eph. 4.22-24)?
Has God called you to some area of ministry yet you have failed to prepare yourself or get in motion (Rom. 12.6-8; 2 Tim. 2.15)?
Have you failed to grow in your understanding of God’s Word (2 Tim. 2.15)?
Have you been lazy about memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures (Ps. 1.1-3, 119.9, 11)?
Do you pray regularly or only when there is nothing else you can possibly do (Lk. 18.1; 1 Thess. 5.17)?
Is there some other area where you have failed to obey God?
Have you been faithful to share the gospel with those in your life or do you procrastinate thinking … maybe later?
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Today’s Other Readings:
Isaiah 19 & 20:
Even as God through the Prophet declares judgment on Israel and the surrounding nations, He looks forward to Christ’s millennial reign on earth.
Again & Again
Verse 43, “Many times He delivered them; but they rebelled in their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.”
It’s so easy to look back and see God’s hand in the lives of His people and wonder how they could fall back into their sinful ways. And yet, how many times have we, through our disobedience, gotten ourselves into difficulties and cried out, “Lord, if You will get me out of this mess, I won’t do it again.” Only to find ourselves there again and again!
Are You a Faithful Messenger?
“Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.”
How valuable is a faithful messenger or ambassador to his master or employer. And how much greater is our privilege and responsibility to be a faithful ambassador of our Master!
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