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Do all for God’s glory!

Scripture reading for September 7th: Isaiah 36-37, Psalm 123, 1st Corinthians 10

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 10:31-33 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”

Paul concluded his remarks about eating meat from idol temples with an appeal to a simple principle: Do all to the glory of God! We should not purposely try to offend or condemn others whose conscience may be weak or undeveloped in these matters of choice and limiting our own freedom. Our goal should be the salvation of as many as possible and we should act and work to that end, glorifying God by fulfilling His purposes.

Psalm 123:1-2 “To You I lift up my eyes, O You Who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to our God, till He has mercy on us.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I will keep my eyes on You and with Your help, do all I do to Your glory! May there be a great harvest of souls saved from destruction!

Isaiah 37:16 “”O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; You have made heaven and earth.””

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Under the Law of Christ!

Scripture reading for July 17th: 1st Corinthians 9, Psalm 142, Proverbs 18

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 9: 19-22 “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews.  To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.  To the weak, I became weak, that I might win the weak.  I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 

Paul explained his own attitude of love for those God sent him to reach with the Gospel.  He tried to identify with people and meet them where they were living in order to win the right to share the Gospel with them.  His motivation was their salvation, not satisfying his own personal preferences or cultural upbringing.  He was mindful of the law of Christ which was loving God and loving his neighbors.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I want to love You and fulfill the law of Christ in loving those you send me to in order to see them saved.  Open doors for me to share the Gospel today.

Psalm 142:1-2 “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.  I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”  

 

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Mercy for all men!

Scripture reading for June 27th:  Job 15-18, Romans 11

Key Scriptures: Romans 11:32-36 “For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all.  Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!   How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!  “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?”  “Or  who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?”  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever. Amen.”

God’s great mercy is available to all.  All men need it because all have been disobedient.  There is no one who has counseled God or given anything to Him.  All men owe Him everything! Repentance can only come when this is recognized. Worship is to be our response to this truth!

Job 15:14 “What is man, that he can be pure?  Or he who is born of woman that he can be righteous?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy to me, a sinner and one in need of mercy.  Today I worship You as the source of all things and my Lord.  Amen.

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Sufficiency in all things, always!

Scripture reading for August 9th:  2nd Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 9:6-8  “Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  Ans God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times having all you need, you will abound in every good work.”  

Being a farmer, I am well aware of the law of sowing and reaping.  You must sow before you reap.  You have to use enough seed to reap the maximum benefit.  The sower must also sow in faith, with a cheerful disposition and expectation of harvest.  You harvest more than you sowed because seed multiplies because of God’s amazing grace of design and His blessing for provision.   These principles also apply in giving of tithes and offerings to God for His work.  If we sow cheerfully and generously, we will reap abundantly!  God will shower His grace on us to enable us to continue giving and doing His work!

Observations for over-comers:  Believers are cheerful and generous people who give freely and enjoy sufficiency in all things at all times enabling good works to God’s glory!  “Praise the Lord.  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. . . .He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.”  (Psalm 112:1,9)

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Running to win!

Scripture reading for July 17th:  1st Corinthians 9

Some people at Corinth were questioning the methods of Paul and Barnabas as apostles of Christ.  Paul was trying to help them understand how in his freedom in Christ, he sought to serve all men in order to reach them with the Gospel.  He and Barnabas certainly had their ‘rights’ to earn a living from preaching the Gospel.  Those that were helped or converted should give support to those who minister.  “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”  (Deuteronomy 25:4; 1st Corinthians 9:9)

But Paul chose to limit his freedoms and rights so as not to hinder the Gospel message.  “But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.”  (1st Corinthians 9:12)  Paul preached the gospel voluntarily because of his calling from Christ.  He wanted to offer it free of charge instead of receiving support.  “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  . . . I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”  (1st Corinthians 9:22-23)  God would repay him and the souls saved would be his reward!

Paul likened his life as a missionary to a man running in a race.  “Do you know that in a race all the runners urn, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize!”  (1st Corinthians 9:24)  The prize for Paul was a crown of life that would last forever!  He would run the race of faithful preaching to win the ultimate prize!  Are you running to win in your race?

 

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Grace overflowing!

Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

As a farmer who has sowed many fields with seed, I understand the principles of sowing and reaping. If you are stingy with the seed, weeds will come up and choke out the small amount of seed that you placed in the ground.  If you sow plenty of seed, it can produce an abundant crop.  A farmer must be willing to let go of the seed.  We can’t hold onto it and expect a crop!  Sowing must be done in faith that a harvest will come.  Our hope is in the seed and the Lord’s grace to provide water and weather.

Money is like the seed.  It represents our life energy that we have received working or investing.  As we give to God the tithe and offerings, it is like seed sown into the kingdom of God.  We turn loose of it and let it do it’s work of multiplication.  We give cheerfully in faith believing that God through grace will multiply the seed.

I like the emphasis on the word “all” in this passage.  All Grace” abounds to the cheerful giver.  The giver has “all he needs” in “all things” at “all times”.   Our giving brings thanksgiving to God from those that are helped.  God gets tickled and gives you more seed to sow again.  This meets the needs of others who again thank God.  God gets tickled again and pours out even more blessing and multiplies your seed so you can give even more!  More people are helped and thank God and the cycle goes on!  All grace abounds and you have all you need in all things at all times!  That’s a cycle of overflowing grace that all believers can experience as they give cheerfully!

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