LIFe with God: February 21, 2021

Posted on February 21, 2021

Scripture

1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1

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Observation

What four things did the Israelites do that resulted in judgment from God? What is meant by the statement “everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful/builds up”?

Application

Am I guilty of any of things that caused God to judge Israel? How does verse 13 encourage me and how can it help me not to yield to temptation? Do I indulge myself in “permissible” things, even when they are not beneficial to the God’s work and His people?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Help me not to forget what happened to my spiritual ancestors in the wilderness. You guided them by the cloud and parted the sea so they could pass and You supernaturally provided them with food and water. Yet, they set their hearts on evil things. They were idolaters, sexually immoral, they tested You, and they were ungrateful and grumbled, and You judged them for these things. Help me not to think that I am above all that, but keep me ever mindful that I must guard myself against such sin. The temptations I face are common to mankind–others have resisted them, and so can I. Thank You for Your promise that I will never be tempted beyond what I can bear, and You are faithful to always provide a way out so I can stand up under it. Therefore, strengthen me to flee from idolatry, remembering that there is but one God and one church. Help me to remember that though all things are permissible, not all things are helpful or constructive. May I not seek my own good, but the good of others. In everything I do, may I do it all for Your glory, and so follow the example of Christ. I ask all this in the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Dustin and Amy Barton
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Michelle Caldwell
  • Kathi Carr
  • Loran “Bud” Clark

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for Nampa

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

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