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Heart Light

As a believer you can get lackadaisical about what really transpired when you became a believer in Christ Jesus. It can seem so long ago and so mystical that it is hard to connect it to reality. After all, our body didn't seem to change and life has moved on at a regular pace, so what really happened on that day when you received eternal life? Paul shares a comparison to the Corinthian believers that illustrates that important moment for us. He says, "God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6) Darkness was over the surface of the newly created earth and then "God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light…he separated the light from the darkness." (Genesis 1:2-4) The first day of the creation of the world is here explained. Complete and utter darkness enveloped the earth but then God spoke and light …

Transformation

World religions are about the individual’s “works.” These outward deeds are supposed to bring them closer to God but real transformation happens within and moves outward from the heart to the actions. Paul expressed the difference between outward and inward change when he said, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) He is describing the difference in transformation using Moses’ time with God and the resultant short-term “glory” that shined out from his face. So strong was the glow on Moses' face after being with God that the people requested he veil his face when first returning from His presence.     Today, along with holding the worlds in place, God is intricately working in each human heart. God is the worker and we are the one being worked on. As believers God has purposed to transform us into the image of His Son. He is…

Five Evaluators

Under the stands and inside the locker room every coach before every game takes a moment to focus his team. He knows that each player will experience something new when they step onto the field and that his challenge to them will be necessary, if they are to do well. Paul had become the coach for a struggling team. The church at Corinth was birthed in an immoral city; one with so many vices that they couldn't be numbered. It was a crossroads for business and idolatry, so Paul gave them five ways to evaluate their progress. He said: ·"Be on your guard" (Don't be careless, indifferent, or easily deceived but be watchful as a sentry who stays alert, awake and aware.) ·"Stand firm in the faith" (Don't be wavering, uncertain, and doubtful which will cause faith to be lost. Trees stand firm as they drive their roots deeper into the ground and so should we drive our spiritual roots deeper to be stable.) ·"Be men of courage" (Be men constantly, or show y…