Today we are praying for the country of Turkey. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the sermon or devotion for today as well.
Please pray for the nation of Turkey by joining in prayer with the video below.
Today's Devotional Thought
We have already seen the first two points of our message on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2. Today we will conclude with the final two.
The third point in this text is the response. 2 Corinthians 6:1 says, “And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain--"
Working together…the man of God with the Word of God and the Spirit of God work together to convict, call, and convert a child of God. There are 3 ways to respond to this message. First, we can not respond. The problem is, that by not responding positively, we are passively responding negatively. The message is not worth embracing, believing, or following. To attempt to not responds to respond negatively. A second way to respond is to respond in vain. To put it simply, to respond in vain is to respond, but not hold fast. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 says, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain.” If you fail to hold fast to the word, it is evidence that you believed in vain. We see this illustrated in the parable of the soils. Four soils received the seed, but only one soil produced fruit; the one who remained and lasted. So, to respond properly…to effectively respond means that our lives are really transformed forever. It is more than a flu shot, or some sort of vaccination where we get just enough Christianity to make ourself immune to the real thing. It is a repentance and faith that results in a transformed life. Acts 26:20 says that Paul preached that, “they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” This is what it means to rightly believe and respond to this message. Mediate on these verses! Don’t miss this! Don’t believe in vain.
Finally, my fourth point is the urgency. We read in verse 2, “2 for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION."
Why the urgency? 2 reasons. You will die and you will be judged OR Christ is going to return and you will be judged. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” Take some time to meditate on Revelation 20:11-15. Please understand that you will stand before Christ. Your sin WILL be dealt with. Your sin will be dealt with, either in Christ on the cross, or in you for eternity. Run to Christ today!
I want to join Paul, Timothy, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in begging you, pleading with you to be reconciled to God through the life and death of Jesus Christ TODAY…right now.
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