Daily Radio Bible Podcast
Do you want to live a life that is generous and strong? Can you afford to live a generous Christian life? Do you have strength to defend yourself against spiritual attack, or forget spiritual attack? Just plain old discouragement, depression, self loathing, we need strength to overcome these things, be they spiritual or not. In the previous chapters, Paul is good to remind us where our riches for generous living, and the strength for our struggles come from. They come from the one who alone is rich enough and strong enough. They come from Christ, Christ in you. Do you want to live a life that is generous and strong, then Christ will be the source of your strength, and the source of your riches, your heart partnering with him to serve, to give, to endure and to be healed? The previous chapter in yesterday's reading sets this up for us. It says that God's power is working in us. And now in second Corinthians seven, seven we read, because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God. So what's the promise? It's the promise of Christ's presence in you, what are the earmarks of holy living, generosity and strength? He tells us that now because Christ lives in you, you are able to cleanse yourself from everything that defiles your body and your spirit. Now you have the strength and generosity to move forward, and to experience real change. Because you fear God and because Christ lives in you. Can you afford a generous life? It depends on how rich you are. Do you have the strength you need to move forward? Well, that depends on how strong you are. How rich are you? How strong are you? If Christ is in you, then you have all the riches you need. And then some. If Christ is in you, then you have all the strength you need, and then some. And I'm here to tell you, that Christ is in you. This is what John said, the one who is in you, is greater than the one who is in the world. Because we have these promises, we can live the Christian life. So let's be awakened today by the presence of God in you. Your true life which is hidden in him. You have been fully embraced in Christ, just the way you are in Him, you are a new creation. And because of him, you can be wise and generous and strong. And the prayer of my own heart today is that we will all begin to see this a little bit more today than we did yesterday. That's the prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughter's my son. And that's the period that I have for you. May it be so.