‘We regard no one from a worldly point of view.’ 2 Corinthians 5:16 NIV
Paul writes, ‘We regard no one from a worldly point of view… if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:16–17 NKJV) Here is an important spiritual principle. When you’re trying to help a believer who is battling adversity, addiction, or physical affliction, speak life to their regenerated spirit. Speak to the part of them that’s capable of rising up in faith and responding to God’s Word: ‘Faith comes from hearing the message… through the word about Christ.’ (Romans 10:17 NIV)
How does faith come? By hearing what God thinks, says, and can do. Until God has been heard, the last word hasn’t been spoken. God instructed Ezekiel to stand in a valley full of dead bones and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’ (Ezekiel 37:5 NIV) And guess what? It happened! Ezekiel said, ‘As I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together.’ (Ezekiel 37:7 NIV)
Now let’s be clear; you can’t hold on to a loved one when God in His sovereign wisdom decides it’s time to take them home to Heaven, which Paul describes as ‘far better.’ (Philippians 1:23 KJV) But until that happens, speak God’s Word to their regenerated spirit. Faith doesn’t deny the reality of the circumstances, but it refuses to be intimidated, limited, or ruled by them. ‘Only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means’ (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT), so when someone is a redeemed child of God, don’t speak to their human intellect—speak life to their spirit.
SoulFood: Rom 3:21–6:23, Luke 6:37–49, Ps 107:10–16, Pro 3:19–20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023