Enjoying God’s Presence

II Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Unequally Yoked: The Corinthians were shutting Paul’s ministry out of their hearts:

II Corinthians 6:11-13
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

II Corinthians 11:4
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Another Jesus would be one who was a man but not God, or crucified but not risen. A different spirit would be one of fear, not faith (II Corinthians 4:13) of bondage, not freedom (II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1). A different gospel would be one of law and not grace, one of works and not faith.

II Corinthians 11:13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

We must examine how important our relationship with God is.

What are we willing to hold onto if it means our fellowship with God is broken? We must make a decision.

1. Are we willing to obey God’s Word and enjoy His presence in our life.
OR
2. Will we follow our own pursuits and lose out on His presence and blessings?

Apostle Paul was instructing the Christians at Corinth to avoid an allegiance that binds a believer with an unbeliever. we must be careful of this practice as well. We are not called to separate ourselves from unbelievers. The Great Commission is a testament to that. Matthew 28:18-20.

Have we allowed something into our lives that has the potential to defile us or attack God’s truth? Are our allegiances designed to honor God or satisfy our personal pleasures.

I believe, to enjoy the presence of God to its fullest, we must pursue personal holiness in our lives.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I invite you to pray and ask Him to forgive your sins and be the Lord of your life.

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