A SIMPLE TEST OF FAITH!

1st and 2nd Corinthians have always been my two favorite books in the Bible.

Why?

I like Paul!

Each morning I opened my Bible to 2 Corinthians, Chapter 13. I’ve been working silently out of my home for over seven years, and Chapter 13 has become my morning “check-list-of-faith!”

And it reads:

This is the third time I am coming to visit you. As the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”  I have already warned those who had been sinning when I was there on my second visit. Now I  again warn them and all others, just as I did before, that this next time I will not spare them.

I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak in his dealings with you; he is a mighty power among you.  Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God’s power— the power we use in dealing with you.

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test. I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.

We pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. We pray this, not to show that our ministry to you has been successful, but because we want you to do right even if we ourselves seem to have failed. Our responsibility is never to oppose the truth, but to stand for the truth at all times. We are glad to be weak, if you are really strong. What we pray for is your restoration to maturity.

I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal harshly with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to build you up, not to tear you down.

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these words: Rejoice. Change your ways. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. The God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet each other in Christian love.  All the Christians here send you their greetings.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

2 Corinthians 13: 1-13

In Paul’s closing words he was truly leaving proof that Christ was speaking through him, because Paul’s message and Christ’s message are the same.

I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal harshly with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to build you up, not to tear you down.

Christ will return, and that is why he sends messages daily to all those who will listen…

Rejoice. Change our ways. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. The God of love and peace will be with all of us…

AND TO…

Greet each other in Christian love. 

So, on this beautiful Wednesday morning, on January 11, 2012 I pray that today you…

Rejoice.  If you’re doing something that isn’t right I encourage you to do something today that is!

And I encourage you to follow your heart and listen to God. His plans for YOU are perfect! Live in harmony and peace with those you bump into today, and may the God of love and peace  be with you.

ONWARD TO ENCOURAGING!

And here’s a song to encourage you… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xdlsu4sCaU&feature=fvsr

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One response to “A SIMPLE TEST OF FAITH!

  1. There is so much content in Paul’s writings…it changes every time I read it, as the Holy Spirit reveals new truths to me. Of course, such is true for all of the Bible…as we grow in our faith and learning, we are given new insights into very familiar passages.

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