This week, we have been studying 1 Corinthians 3. I have loved every moment of it. While it isn’t always easy to stop distractions for Bible study, it is always worth it!
Let’s get started, shall we? Grab your Corinthians journal, Bible, notebook – whatever you need.
Brothers and sisters, I couldn’t speak to you as people who live by the Holy Spirit. I had to speak to you as people who were still following the ways of the world. You aren’t growing as Christ wants you to. You are still like babies. 2 The words I spoke to you were like milk, not like solid food. You weren’t ready for solid food yet. And you still aren’t ready for it (1 Cor. 3:1-2, NIRV).
God wants to save us, and to be in community with us through His Son Jesus Christ who paid the price! But, there’s more to our story: God wants to be our Refuge, Peace, and Comforter. He wants to rescue us from sin, help us through difficult times, and become our Best Friend. This is the God we get to experience on a daily basis.
Life gets rough, but it’s encouraging to know: God wants to be there for us.
Meeting with our Lord Jesus is going to transform us. God’s Spirit will actually change us from the inside out.
Holy Spirit Led
Paul couldn’t talk to the people like those who were being led by God’s Spirit. They wouldn’t allow the Holy Spirit to change them. They chose their sins, instead. We all have been there.
When living by the Holy Spirit: We will actually want to be around other Christians, talk about the Lord and Bible, and allow Him to radically change our lives. Their focus is on the Savior and eternal things.
Without the Holy Spirit leading us, our focus is on other things. It isn’t on our Risen Lord who can defeat the giants in our lives.
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:1-3, NIV).
If we want to see God perform miracles in our lives, we have to go deeper in our relationship with Christ!
Finding Excitement in Christ
There is an undeniable joy, when we have spent time with the Lord! He replaces loneliness and incompleteness with the filling of our soul. It’s inexplainable, other than to say “our cup overflows!”
To grow in Christ, we make the choice to invest in our relationship with Him. We choose to turn from sin and run to God – prayerfully sharing our need for Him! We may have screwed up, but no matter what – God’s grace is made available to each us – as we turn to Him.
Three questions for us –
- Are we turning from sin, so we can turn to Christ?
- Are we craving (and enjoying) alone time with our Lord Jesus?
- Reading the Bible?
- Being with other Christians?
- How are we following Him in obedience?
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