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Now is the favorable time!

Scripture reading for September 23rd: 2nd Corinthians 6

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 6:1-4 “Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:. . .”

Procrastination is a tool of Satan to keep people from the grace of God. Paul understood this as a faithful minister of the Gospel who had worked with God to spread the good news. Many hear but think that now is not yet the time. Tomorrow may be better and today has other possibilities. Paul set these believers straight by telling them about ‘today.’ Today is the only guarantee we have for this life on earth. Now is the best time to repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord. It is the time of favor, the year of Jubilee, where God’s favor is available to all who will listen and receive God’s grace. But don’t receive His amazing grace in vain by letting obstacles keep you from the truth. Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers who will be an obstacle and their lifestyles that will lead you away from God. Behold, now is the favorable time!

2nd Corinthians 6:14-15 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing grace. Help me to proclaim the opportunity of ‘today’ and ‘now’ as I present the Gospel. Help me to declare Your truth and warn believers of obstacles to obtaining and keeping in the grace of God. I want to be separate from the world and it’s obstacles.

2nd Corinthians 6:16-18 “What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will make My dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing: then I will welcome you; and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.”

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Don’t be unequally yoked!

Scripture reading for August 5th: 2nd Corinthians 6

God has called those who believe on His Son, Jesus Christ, to a life that is separated from sin and set apart for Him and His will.  There are only two groups of people in the world–the redeemed and the lost!  The Corinthians had been redeemed from a pagan cultural system where idolatry and worldly ways drew many people into deep bondage and darkness.  They needed a strong word of instruction to keep them moving towards Jesus!

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?”  (2nd Corinthians 6:14-15)  Paul used a questioning technique that was common to the rabbinical teaching of his day to draw the church members into thinking about their ways.  They had been redeemed from the worldly culture of their day,  but many were still yoked in unholy relationships and business partnerships.   These partnerships could possibly lead these believers back into the world and Paul the pastor was warning them!

“I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”  “Therefore come out from them and be separate,” says the Lord, “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”  “I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty.”   (2nd Corinthians 6:16-18)  God’s precious promises and call to holiness should motivate us to please Him.  We must live separated lives and still reach out to the lost of the world to bring the Gospel of Christ to them.

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The best day to get saved!

Scripture reading for September 2nd: 2nd Corinthians 6:1-13

When many people hear the plea of one of Christ’s ambassadors: “Be reconciled to God!”, they make excuses as to why they are not yet ready.  Some may feel that they have many things in the world that they want to do and see, and they don’t want God interfering.  Others may have pet sins that they know God would ask them to give up.  Their consciences have already been convicting them, but the sin is bringing them too much temporary pleasure.  Others feel that they are young yet, and that religion is for old people who are near death.  When they get older, then they will consider Christ’s plea for reconciliation.  Still others feel that they are ‘good’.  There are many others who are worse ‘sinners’ and God surely knows that they are trying to do good works.  It is easy to find justification!

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says, “In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2nd Corinthians 6:1-2)  It is possible to hear the message of the Gospel of God’s grace and receive it in vain!  Failure to respond with personal faith and trust actually makes you more liable for God’s wrath and judgment.  To whom much is given, much is required!  Paul urged those at Corinth to respond when they had the opportunity. “Today” was the best day and the right time because no one could guarantee themselves a “tomorrow”!

Paul continued his plea for these Corinthian’s reconciliation by explaining his own efforts to offer the message of reconciliation to them and not cause them to stumble.  He had loved them sincerely and spoken the truth to them at every turn.  He had worked hard to provide for himself and suffered for their sake to provide what they needed in an example of Christ’s love.  (2nd Corinthians 5:3-10)  Paul had opened his heart to them and demonstrated Christ’s love.

In spite of all this, the Corinthians were withholding their love to Paul and many had not opened their hearts.  As you examine your heart, where are you with your response to Christ’s plea?  Today is the best day to open your heart!

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Today is the best day!

Scripture reading for September 2nd: 2nd Corinthians 6:1-13

When many people hear the plea of one of Christ’s ambassadors: “Be reconciled to God!”, they make excuses as to why they are not yet ready.  Some may feel that they have many things in the world that they want to do and see, and they don’t want God interfering.  Others may have pet sins that they know God would ask them to give up.  Their consciences have already been convicting them, but the sin is bringing them too much temporary pleasure.  Others feel that they are young yet, and that religion is for old people who are near death.  When they get older, then they will consider Christ’s plea for reconciliation.  Still others feel that they are ‘good’.  There are many others who are worse ‘sinners’ and God surely knows that they are trying to do good works.  It is easy to find justification!

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says, “In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2nd Corinthians 6:1-2)  It is possible to hear the message of the Gospel of God’s grace and receive it in vain!  Failure to respond with a personal faith and trust actually makes you more liable for God’s wrath and judgment.  To whom much is given, much is required!  Paul urged those at Corinth to respond when they had the opportunity. “Today” was the best day and the right time because no one could guarantee themselves a “tomorrow”!

Paul continued his plea for these Corinthian’s reconciliation by explaining his own efforts to offer the message of reconciliation to them and not cause them to stumble.  He had loved them sincerely and spoken the truth to them at every turn.  He had worked hard to provide for himself and suffered for their sake to provide what they needed in an example of Christ’s love.  (2nd Corinthians 5:3-10)  Paul had opened his heart to them and demonstrated Christ’s love.

In spite of all this, the Corinthians were withholding their love to Paul and many had not opened their hearts.  As you examine your heart, where are you with your response to Christ’s plea?  Today is the best day to open your heart!

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