Christian Relationships

1 Corinthians 1:27-31 NKJ

27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.

30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption –

31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

CHECK YOURSELF

Jesus Christ is present with us. God is with us. God is present. We are in His presence, but, are we in Him? If we are not in Him, He may be absent from our relationships with other people. If that’s the case, what kind of shape are we in for His second coming?

The apostle Paul had been telling the Corinthian church that the wisdom of God is nothing like that of man. God’s wisdom is seen through the preaching of the crucified Christ. Paul gave thanks for God’s work in the lives of the saints but, there were divisions in the church, folks talking about self acclaim. He had to set the record straight in the event that his authority was challenged.

In verse 27 we see that contrary to the way we think, God chooses foolish things. God’s foolishness confounds or shames the wise. It confuses, stuns, or makes us spiritually unconscious of what He’s up to. God uses whatever He chooses to use in His own creation, the entire world, to do whatever He pleases. God’s choices don’t make sense to us. But, if you’re in Him, not just around Him, you’ll trust Him and His choices. God purposefully chooses things in our little hemispheres to confound us folks that think we know it all.

In our relationships with others we tell them verbally and nonverbally, “Oh, I’ve been there and done that.” In reality no you haven’t; you have not done it God’s way. If you’re beginning to feel ashamed of yourself for something you’ve been doing or thinking, that’s a sign that you’ve moved a step closer to God’s pleasure for your being. Sometimes God has to put us in a daze to clarify His position in our relationship with Him. He nurturingly says, “It doesn’t get to be about you. I love you, but you ain’t all that!”

If you really want to know yourself, ask your most intimate spiritual partner, “What are my weaknesses?” We’re talking about relationships. Do you have spiritual partners? Or, are you always feeling like you’re in competition for God’s favor? Check yourself.

Successful Book Launching Celebration!

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The book launching celebration was a glorious praise party. I am now scheduling book signings to promote the theme of Beyond Discipleship to Relationship: Developing Intimacy with the Lord. Several spiritual growth groups have already formed as a result of the book launching. I pray that I will be able to come to you to share in your area. Please call or email to confirm a time and place convenient for you. Keep growing in God’s grace, which is his special favor.

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