God's Word is powerful! For us to hear His will and His purpose for our own lives, we can ask Holy Spirit to guide us to the passages in His Bible that express God's will for us personally. This is a short study He led me through and I can share it with you. (Red print~Scripture. Blue print~me.)
2 Corinthians 5:10-20 (MSG)
9-10 But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Here is an excellent beginning: Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. We will face the judgement seat. I will stand before God one day. What will I say? What will He say to me?
11-14 That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We care; show us the way and the words, Lord!
We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Does His love have the first and last word in everything I do? When I speak is it always from love? Sift my words, Lord, and convict me when an unloving word is caught. Put my thoughts through the same strainer Holy Spirit and arrest them if they are not love motivated. Give us Your words to speak, and Your thoughts to guide us.
A New Life
14-15 Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.Oh Lord! That is so true! You Jesus died for everyone so we could all live a resurrection life with You. That is a wonderful life full of guidance, encouragement, comfort, joy, peace and love, so we can fulfill with You the entire potential You put in us! We never have to do it alone. No fear with You!
16-20 . . .Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Or as the Amplified version says:17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
are ingrafted in Christ. Like a wine branch: the vinedresser will take a
twig from one type of grape vine and ingraft it into another type so
the qualities of one will become part of the other ie. one is very
hardy, the other has sweet grapes~the combination will make a brand new
grape that is sweet and very hardy. Our life ingrafted with Christ makes
us a brand new person with a reborn nature drawn to love and goodness
rather than our previous nature of sin and hatred.
Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. Father You sent Jesus to open a path for a relationship between You and us ~ You and me. In union with the Creator, the Creator of life itself, You restored our relationship. Jesus, I can get close to my Father now, feel His love for me; I can go to Him with any problem, hurt or confidence and know with certainty that He will help me, because He loves me so much ~ and I know it!
God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.
Praise God! He tells us what He is doing and what part He expects us to play in His plan.