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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Time to answer questions

August 25

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1 – 24

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 7:1a – “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote:”

The first 6 chapters of this letter deal with a report that Paul received from Chloe. At this point, he answers some questions and discusses some areas that the Corinthians had posed to him. From chapter 7 through 14, he deals with a variety of topics. He begins with Marriage Obligation in chapter 7 and ends with a discourse on Spiritual Gifts in chapter 14. In between, he will answer their questions on Christian liberties and Proper form of worship.

He has been asked about the area of celibacy and divorce. He speaks of the relationship between a husband and his wife. Our society and churches would do well to listen to the advice given by God through the pen of the Apostle Paul.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have designed our lives and know what is the best for each of us. Father, may we put aside our cultural and preconceived views to be open to the words that You have written for us. May we walk in Your way at all times. Amen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

God's Temple today

August 24

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 6

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 6:19 – “Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;”

The Greek word ναος refers to the building itself. There are other Greek words that refer to the whole complex.

Paul was reminding each of the believers in Corinth that their body was a sanctuary for God. What a privilege it is for us to be the spiritual dwelling place of God. In the Old Testament, the Glory of God filled the Tabernacle (Ex. 40:34) and the Temple (1 Kings 8:10,11).

Today, the Glory of God in the person of the Holy Spirit dwells in each believer. In the New Jerusalem there will not be a need for a physical Temple because God and the Lamb will be the eternal temple (Rev. 21:22).

Prayer: Father, may I be a pure and holy place for Your Spirit to reside in. May I be worthy of the privilege of being the Temple of God today. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In the world, not the world in me.

August 23

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 5

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 5:12 – “ For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within?”

This chapter deals with the Corinthian Church ignoring sin in its ranks. Paul calls them to deal with sin inside the church. 

He tells them that not associating with sinners in the world would require “for then must ye needs go out of the world” (verse 10b). He is reminding us that we are sent into the world to challenge them to accept Christ. We are not to imitate or accept for ourselves their sinful lifestyle. We can, as the old saying goes, “Love the sinner and hate the sin.” 

Too often churches compromise their standards seeking to increase their numbers, however, this goes against the Scriptures. In fact, allowing this mindset can affect the entire church. Paul said, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (verse 6b).

Prayer: Jesus, I want to be molded into an image of You. Do not allow the world to take control of my thoughts and lifestyle. Amen.

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