Friday, July 23, 2021

Examine Yourself

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2 Corinthians 13:5 (NET) Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you – unless, indeed, you fail the test!
Seyi: Gloria, why are you always filled with joy in spite of all that is happening around us and in this country? It's like you don't even have any problem? Please tell me your secret. I want to have this hope and peace that you have.

Gloria: The Lord is the reason why I have peace. I have hope beyond what this world is offering. The Kingdom that I belong to will rule over this world very soon, and I have an inheritance in that kingdom. The power of that kingdom is already at work in me even now. That's why I have hope and joy. I don't know if things will get better in this country or in the world, but my portion in life is not tied to this country or even to this present world, that’s why my inner peace and joy is not affected by what is happening.

One of the ways to check and be sure that you're still in the faith is that your heart is still filled with the blessed hope of the Lord's return and the glory that shall be revealed in us(Titus 2:13). This glorious expectation keeps us holy and busy doing the will of the Lord who will reward us according to our works (Titus 2:13-14, 1 John 3:3, Rev 22:12). One of the things that the Holy Spirit does in us is to bring these things to the remembrance of our spirits, and keep us in a state of joyful expectation because we are sons of God.

If Christ no longer lives in a person, he will lose all hope. Christ in us is the hope of glory(Colossians 1:27). This hope is the reason why no matter what we face in this world, we still have joy and peace because we know that we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord. In the end, we win. The devil does not have the power to touch our inheritance in Christ, it is way beyond him. This is the reason why no matter what the devil does, it should not affect our hope which produces rejoicing in our souls.

Go into today remembering to hallow the Lord God in your heart and always be ready to give an answer to those who ask you about the hope you possess(1 Peter 3:15).

Determine to do self-examination regularly and guard against the cares of this life that seek to snuff out the blessed hope you have in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for doing for me more than I could ever imagine. Help me remain in your love and bask in your peace. Let me never forget that for which you have apprehended me. Amen.
—Abraham Dami Arigi

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