March 25 Joshua 21, 22; Psalm 47; 1 Corinthians 10
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King of the Earth | Nikki Metzger
S~ For God is the king over all the earth. Praise Him with a psalm. Psalm 47:7 (NLT)
O~ God reigns over all – past, present , future.
A~ On vacation we went to a natural history museum – it was amazing! What stood out walking through all of the science stuff was all the colors of quartz, minerals, rocks, etc. I saw every single color that has ever been seen. God, You are the inventor of all things. You made every single color and hid them all over the world in rocks, in caves, in water.
P~ God, thank You! That You are KING over all the Earth!
Proceed With Caution | Robin Laney
S~ These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (The Message)
O~ After sharing all of the perks of being a sharer of the Gospel, Paul reminds the Corinthians (and us) that their forefathers were also greatly blessed by God and yet they went their own way and were destroyed because of their life choices. He gives them a few examples of the Israelites’ straying ways and the hard consequences they suffered as a result. In verses 11-12, he points out that the reason these hard lessons are recorded is so that the believers he was writing to in Corinth, as well as believers today, will take heed and learn from the mistakes of the past. Paul warns all Christians through all time that none of us are above falling to the temptations this life on earth brings.
A~ Hindsight is 20/20 and so valuable when we learn the lessons it teaches in a way that keeps us from making the same mistakes twice. We teach our children based on our experiences, good and bad, as our parents taught us. As a young person, I followed the wisdom of my parents on most things and on those I didn’t, I suffered ill consequences.
God, as our Heavenly Father, is so gracious to us in sharing His parental Wisdom in written form. He tells us the history of His people through the stories of their successes and failures so that we can learn from and not repeat their mistakes. He is very clear to warn us, through Paul, that we are vulnerable to the same temptations, that there is nothing new under the sun. We are not subject to anything that humankind has not already been faced with. We are no better or worse than anyone else and we all need God to help us through this life.
God is so faithful and in verse 13, Paul reminds us that He knows our limits, He will not allow us to be tempted more than we can bear, and that when we are faced with temptations He will provide a way out for us so that we can stand up under the temptations.
Our part is to know the stories He has preserved for us in the Bible, learn from them, be close in our communication with God, and rely fully on Him to help us not fall into temptation’s trap.
P~ Lord, please let me be diligent in learning the lessons your Word teaches and sensitive to Your Spirit’s leadings. Let each of my words and actions be carefully considered before they are carried out. Please continue to open my heart and mind to Your Wisdom!
Balance | Kim Chipman
S~ Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:24, 31 (NLT)
O~ My study Bible says: “We should be sensitive and gracious. The goal here is not a general hypersensitivity that worries about what others might possibly think. Rather, it is a genuine awareness of others and a willingness to limit what we do when there is a real possibility of misunderstanding and offense. Some actions may not be wrong, but they may not be in the best interest of others. We have freedom in Christ, but we shouldn’t exercise our freedom at the cost of hurting a Christian brother or sister. We are not to consider only ourselves; we must also consider the needs and perspective of others. Our actions must be motivated by God’s love so that all we do will be for His glory.”
A~ Oh, this life! It’s not all about me. Last week our pastor gave a sermon about having a balance between truth and grace. If we are only about truth then people may not feel God’s love. My reading yesterday ties in as well…the balance between intentionally choosing to live in Christ’s freedom and discipline to win others to You. (Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 1 Cor 9:19) This is all so important and difficult to do well. My heart is what You desire – my whole heart. What I do is important, but my why, my intention, and my heart is even more important. Truth – grace – freedom – discipline – all to win others to You – all selfless acts of love – intentionally living for You, so others see You through me.
P~ Lord, help me to do this well. Increase the sensitivity of my heart to the needs, feelings, and heart of others. Help me to balance all of this well so others can see You. I love You.
Seeking the Good of Others | Susan Aken
S~ No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV)
O~ Paul is teaching that our life and focus should be on serving others to bring them to Christ not on pleasing ourselves.
A~ Another challenge to live unselfishly. To seek what is best for other people. To live to serve others with the ultimate purpose to bring each to Christ. I am so far from this.
P~ Jesus, please work in and through me to help me live this way.
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