Tag: 1st Corinthians 16:13-16

On Your Guard!

Scripture reading for July 27th:  1st Corinthians 16

Key scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 16:13-16 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.  You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they devoted themselves to the service of the saints.  I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.”  

Because of the pressures of life in a hostile world, the pull of the flesh, and the wiles of Satan, believers must maintain a watchful and yet positive mode of faith in living for Jesus and fulfilling His mission.  Courage is the strength to live positively and aggressively for Christ in spite of opposition.  Paul encouraged the church to live in this manner and do all in love!  He then uses a specific household, that of Stephanas, as examples of those devoted to serving the saints and doing the work of the church.

Observations for over-comers:  Watchfulness with strength, courage, and love is the simple instruction for victorious living in the last days.  We work at blessing the Lord’s people and workers and watch for His return!  “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do the work.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”  (1st Chronicles 28:20)

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