Devotional Thought for Today – 02/13/2021

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1 Corinthians 1

Paul writes from Ephesus to the church at Corinth, one he had spent the better part of 18 months establishing. 

In v.1-9, Paul does his usual greeting and then gives thanks to the church there in Corinth.  In v.10-13, Paul points out the strife (divisions among the church) in Corinth.  They have broken into factions, some relying upon Paul’s teachings, others Peter or Apollos. (Sounds like the Denominations we have in modern society today) In v.14-17, Paul thanks God he did not contribute more to this mess by adding more believers to the church. This is a sad commentary when you think about it. Paul’s and every true believer’s goal in life should be the Great Commission, but Paul says, no not when it breads chaos. In v.18-25, we see the power of the cross and worldly wisdom vs. Godly wisdom. Finally, in v.26-31, Paul makes two points, first Godly Wisdom is on display through foolish and weak things of this world,  and second only true believers can get real (Godly) wisdom.

Our text today But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (KJV) comes from v.18-25, where Paul is speaking about the power of the Cross and why it is so foolish to many.  v.18 says,  For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace], it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. (AMP) Note the word foolishness that the AMP adds the words [absurd and illogical] comes from the same Greek word used to form terms such as moron. It’s not merely that the world sees the gospel as odd, or unusual. They see it as stupid—as idiotic. 

Paul says in the previous verse that the main “religious” groups of the era Jews and Greek had different demands upon folks. The Jews wanted signs of miracles, that God was working in areas while the greeks ever the humanists demanded logic and fancy speech. 

Thus our text, Paul says, we preach Christ crucified, in other words, we preach the TRUTH no matter if it is a stumbling block to the Jew or Greek. This would seem to contradict, others scripture, where Paul says never be a stumbling block to others.  I have said it a thousand times, CONTEXT means everything. In those instances, Paul is saying do not do anything personally to make someone stumble. NOWHERE does he ever imply the Gospel is such a device. In fact the exact opposite.  The Gospel is the means by which the lost are saved.

Are you preaching, sharing, writing the UNCOMPROMISED Truth of Christ Crucified today? 

Todays’ Prayer

Lord God, give me the courage, strength, and most importantly the wisdom to always share your uncompromised Word. Let me preach, teach and write about Christ and Him Crucified, never a  watered-down Gospel just to suit the itching ears of modern man. I pray my words will always Glorify you. – AMEN

DO IT!

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Levántate, porque esta es tu obligación, y nosotros estaremos contigo; esfuérzate, y pon mano a la obra. (RVR 1960)

One of the most Iconic, trademarked (an unbiblical) slogans of all time is Nike’s “Just Do It!”  I say unbiblical because Nike implores folks to, as the slogan suggests, Just do things, consequences be damned.  Of course they have denied this over the years but their advertising campaigns have left little to the imagination or doubt of any true Christian scholar. 

The Bible on the other hand does implore us at various places to “DO IT.”  Not just anything but something very specific. Lets break it down an example using our text for today:


CONTEXT:

To understand Ezra 10 we need to look back at Ezra 9:10-15 where Ezra pleads with God confessing the Sins of Israel. 

Chapter 10 opens v.1-3 with Ezra, still in the temple with the priests and Levites continuing to pray and confess before God. Finally making a covenant with God to obey His commandments in v.3. 

In our text we find the command to “Do It” 

Arise, Note the humble posture Ezra had assumed when praying and confessing sins before God. While I am not implying this position is a requirement (being prone or kneeling) humility certainly is. 

for it is your task, What task has been mentioned so far? Go back and read Chapter 9 and 10 did you see it? No, it is an implied task, Ezra confessed a lawlessness among the people of Israel, and His task was to remind them of their need to be obedient to the Law of God. 

and we are with you;  Specifically this is speaking of the priests and Levites who were there with Ezra in the temple. By implication God, who promises to be with and never forsake His children. An important lesson here is no man is a ministry unto himself. 

be strong and do it.” Unlike the “Just do it” slogan Ezra has much more to go on. He is encouraged to be strong, why because God, the priests and Levites, and in this case even King Artaxerxes whom has granted Ezra the right to be in Jerusalem.  Further He is to “DO IT” the task laid out before Him in the temple and commissioned by God. No Nike slogan can attest to that. 


APPLICATION:

For the True Christian it is NEVER a matter of “Just Do[ing] It.”   We all have an ability,  gift, talent, God has given us to serve others. Yet we are not to randomly chose on own own.

1 Peter 4:10 (AMP) instructs us:

Just as each one of you has received a special gift [a spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God], employ it in serving one another as [is appropriate for] good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace [faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor].

We do not set out on our own accord to Just accomplish something, we humbly and prayerfully seek God’s authority and commission prior to any action we propose. Only when we have confirmation that this is what God desires for us do we “DO IT!”

The Grace of God

 

The Grace of God

My

“My grace,” ’tis the God of all grace who hath spoken,
Whose word in the heavens forever is set;
Whose covenant promise hath never been broken;
Who never can fail or forget;
Who knoweth my needs and who seeth my sorrows,
However so many and great they may be;
Who heareth my prayers for the days and the morrows;
His grace is sufficient for me.

Grace

“My grace;” all His blessings this work is unfolding,
His love and His power in harmony blend;
‘Tis grace that hath saved me, and grace that is holding,
And grace that will keep to the end;
‘Tis grace that hath written redemption’s glad story,
And grace all the song of the ransomed shall be;
‘Tis grace that transforms me from glory to glory;
That grace is sufficient for me.

Is

“My grace is,” not “was,” and not “will be;” ’tis flowing
Each hour and each moment my need to supply,
The deeper I dip, still the deeper ’tis growing,
No drought can diminish or dry;
My heart from the future no trouble shall borrow;
Eternal this present provision shall be,
Assured for today and as sure for tomorrow,
Such grace is sufficient for me.

Sufficient

“My grace is sufficient.” Oh, help without measure!
An ocean of riches no plummet can sound,
A storehouse unfailing of infinite treasure,
A gift without limit or bound;
Exceeding abundant for all His creation,
Enough for the thorn that is buffeting me,
The fulness of God for earth’s brief tribulation –
“My grace is sufficient for thee.”

For Thee.

“Sufficient for thee,” for my utmost salvation,
As though ne’er another had owed Him a debt;
For my special grief and my special temptation,
My cares and my sins that beset;
He giveth more grace for my humble endeavour;
I am praising Him now, I shall praise Him forever;
His grace is sufficient for me.

Annie Johnson Flint

2Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

Note all of Annie Johnson Flint’s poems maybe found at: http://www.homemakerscorner.com/annie.htm

 

Admire The God Of Free Grace

(Edward Payson, 1783-1827)

“Look to the rock from whence you were hewn, and to the pit from whence you were dug!” Isaiah 51:1

It is profitable for the children of God often to . . .reflect on what they formerly were, meditate on their once wretched and helpless condition, look to the rock whence they were hewn, and to the pit whence they were dug.

Continued at Source: Admire The God Of Free Grace