But now God has placed the members, each one of them,
in the body, just as He desired.
1 Corinthians 12:18
Today I’m rejoicing in God’s sovereignty!
He gives gifts and places them in the body as He wishes.
Our job is to find out what gift He has given us and exercise it!
It is what He desires! For His glory!
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks,
He broke it and said,
"This is My body, which is for you;
do this in remembrance of Me."
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in My blood;
do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord's death
until He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Jesus is coming back.
What does He want us to do until He returns?
Remember Him in the breaking of bread!
Remembering Him keeps us focused on what is true…
who He is
who we are
the cost of our redemption and so much more!
It reminds us to be grateful.
It helps us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
I'm singing this today:
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
Now these things happened as examples for us,
so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved.
Do not be idolaters,
as some of them were; as it is written,
"THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK,
AND STOOD UP TO PLAY."
Nor let us act immorally,
as some of them did,
and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.
Nor let us try the Lord,
as some of them did,
and were destroyed by the serpents.
as some of them did,
and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Now these things happened to them as an example,
and they were written for our instruction,
upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands
take heed that he does not fall.
No temptation has overtaken you
but such as is common to man;
and God is faithful,
who will not allow you to be tempted
beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also,
so that you will be able to endure it.
Therefore, my beloved,
flee from idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10:6-19
I love reading the Bible to see what God loves and hates.
I want to love and hate the same things as He does.
This is one of those passages that clearly teaches what God hates.
craving evil things
trying the Lord
Moses’ gang were examples to us of what not to do!
God is faithful and provides ways out of these situations.
I noticed the repeated phrase “some of them did” these things.
Not all of them! That’s encouraging.
I want to be in the minority who looks to the Faithful God for help!
I noticed that this instruction was especially for “those upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” That’s us! Why us? These are our struggles! Let’s review…
craving evil things… oh yes… evil is all around us and looks so good!
idolatry… oh yes…we love our idols. Oh help us love the Lord!
Immorality… oh yes… everyone does it.
trying the Lord… oh yes… our behavior is so bad… God is long-suffering.
grumbling…oh yes…listen, it’s what everyone does.
Oh help me/us to love what YOU love and hate what YOU hate!
As I looked up from my Bible reading, I saw that rainbow out my window.
God is Faithful! He provides ways for us to not act like the world around us!
For if I preach the gospel,
I have nothing to boast of,
for I am under compulsion;
for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:16
Today Craig is preaching the gospel at Camp Enosh. I love Paul’s attitude. Paul had a compulsion to preach the gospel. He had to! There was a fire burning in him! It was a stewardship given to him by God.
Today I am praying for God’s servants all over the globe who are compelled to preach the gospel. May they speak with the power of God! May souls by saved for His glory!
If anyone supposes that he knows anything,
he has not yet known as he ought to know;
but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
1 Corinthians 8:2,3
Two wonderful facts.
I don’t know anything.
Love God… he’ll be intimate with me! And thus teach me.
I love it! Aiming to love Him more!
This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short.
From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
and those who mourn as though they were not mourning,
and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing,
and those who buy as though they had no goods,
and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it.
For the present form of this world is passing away.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
I love this!
In the middle of a chapter on marriage and singleness, there is an important perspective!
Everyone is to live aware that the Lord’s coming is near.
Time is short! This present world is passing away.
Whatever relationship you enjoy should be second to serving Christ!
He is to be first in your heart and life.
Today is the last day of Bible school.
I’m going to work, remembering time is short!
I’m going to enjoy these kids and my husband, knowing there is only this opportunity to serve the Lord. This world is passing away.
This present world.
There is a new heaven and a new earth coming!
Yay! Living for the future.
Enjoying the present!
The body is not meant for sexual immorality,
but for the Lord,
and the Lord for the body.
1 Corinthians 6:13
I’ve always thought about our body being used for the Lord.
Your body is a vessel by which you serve the Lord.
But this struck me today. The Lord is for the body!
He will raise it again after we die.
Our body is important to Him.
Hence the next verse:
And God raised the Lord
and will also raise us up by his power.
If the body is regarded as so important by the Lord, no wonder Satan has convinced the world that it is nothing. Do with it what you want. Sex. Drugs. Etc. Ruin it!
No! Think Biblically! Especially if you are a believer!
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
Shall I then take the members of Christ
and make them members of a prostitute?
Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute
becomes one body with her?
For, as it is written, "The two will become one flesh."
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Flee from sexual immorality.
Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,
but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God?
You are not your own,
for you were bought with a price.
So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:15-20
Powerful arguments in living for the Lord!
He is for your body!
Glorify God with it! (because one day you will return it to Him!)
Wow! God is serious about sin!
He doesn’t care about political correctness.
God is holy. Read 1 Corinthians 5!
Your boasting is not good.
Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump,
as you really are unleavened.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Let us therefore celebrate the festival,
not with the old leaven,
the leaven of
but with the unleavened bread of
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people--
not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world,
or the greedy
since then you would need to go out of the world.
But now I am writing to you
not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother
if he is guilty of sexual immorality
or is an idolater,
not even to eat with such a one.
For what have I to do with judging outsiders?
Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
God judges those outside.
"Purge the evil person from among you."
1 Corinthians 5:6-10
Today is cleaning day at my house. It’s a mess. I don’t let the mess grow and grow. At some point I put a stop to it! I clean it up! The same needs to happen with sin in my life. I need to stop it and clean it up!
God calls sin leaven. It grows and grows and grows until it is stopped!
In our church fellowship and in our life sin needs to be cleaned out.
We need to recognize sin as sin, call it sin and clean it out.
Sin is no laughing matter. It is serious!
Here he mentions:
Oh, to have God’s view of sin! No excuses.
Confess it and forsake it!
Clean it out.
Thanks, Lord for that serious reminder about sin!
Let a man regard us in this manner,
as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
In this case, moreover,
it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
1 Corinthians 4:1, 2
I’m thinking about three words today that encourage me to be the person God wants me to be.
A servant of Christ. This is not the common word for servant that I usually think about. This is the word that means an under oarsman. The person who rows at the direction of the captain and the boat gets somewhere. It doesn’t end up crashed on the shore or going in circles. This servant follows the masters orders and rows! I love it! I want to be that rower!
A steward. This word means a manager. I am a manager of God’s property. He has entrusted me with certain responsibilities and my job is to devote my time, talents, and energy to executing my Master's interests, not my own!
Faithful. What does God want of this servant and steward?
He wants me to be trustworthy.
He wants me to be the kind of person He can trust to carry out His business.
Oh, may it be so of me! And you! Keep on rowing!
I planted, Apollos watered,
but God was causing the growth.
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but God who causes the growth.
Now he who plants and he who waters are one;
but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8
I loved 1 Corinthians 3 today!
I am so encouraged!
God causes the growth. It’s all of God.
God is everything!
We aren’t anything. Read it above!
Too many times I think I’m something! I’m NOT!
God is everything.
Even so, God will reward His servants according to their work.
Not their fruit.
This encourages me to work for Him!
Because God is everything.
What about you?
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!