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.
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!
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 was with you in weakness
and in fear
and in much trembling,
and my message
and my preaching
were not in persuasive words of wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men,
but on the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:3-5
Performance: the act of staging entertainment.
Demonstration: the act of showing the existence or truth of something by giving proof or evidence.
What a testimony! Paul’s message was not a performance to attract people to Himself. He was there in weakness, fear and trembling. Who would come to see that? But God was there to demonstrate His power! That is what God does. He uses the weak things of the world to shame to wise. Remember? So faith rests on the power of God not on the wisdom of men. I love God’s ways! Marvelous!
I learned today that I am ahead in my reading. Since I like to read with everyone I am taking two days in 1 Corinthians 1. This is not hard to do!
God is faithful,
through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9
I have a faithful God! And because of that I will experience all the promises He makes. He keeps His promises.
For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Wonderful, Faithful God!
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written,
"I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."
Where is the wise man?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world through its wisdom did not come to know God,
God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached
to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21
but we preach Christ crucified,
to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
but to those who are the called,
both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:23-25
but God has chosen the foolish things of the world
to shame the wise,
and God has chosen the weak things of the world
to shame the things which are strong,
and the base things of the world
and the despised God has chosen,
the things that are not,
so that He may nullify the things that are,
so that no man may boast before God.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
God’s wisdom and power…
Christ crucified! The cross!
Foolishness and weakness to the world.
Wisdom and power to those being saved!
Which are you?
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!