Scripture reading for September 1st: 1st Corinthians 6
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God And such were some of you. But you were washed, your were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
The Corinthian believers lived in a very carnal and immoral culture. Most of the believers had been saved from the sins of that culture and were growing in Christ. However, some in the Church still were involved in their past sins and failed to repent or allow the washing and sanctification of the Holy Spirit to cleanse them. Some were deceived and it was also confusing the whole church. Paul reminds them that those failing to repent and turn away from their sins will not inherit the kingdom of God. True repentance and salvation brings cleansing and washing from sin’s grip and increasing holiness as the Spirit sets us apart for Christ alone for eternity. Those claiming to be believers must be held to account by the body and leaders.
1st Corinthians 6:14-15 “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!”
Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for clear instructions about what the Holy Spirit truly does for us in washing and cleansing us and preparing us to live in Your presence for eternity. As we await the resurrection of our bodies and total transformation at the return of Jesus Christ, help us to live like Your sanctified children, glorifying You in our bodies.
1st Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from God? You are not you own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Scripture reading for February 28th: Leviticus 26-27, Psalm 112, Hebrews 10
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 10:21-25 “. . and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Believers in Jesus have great encouragement to gather together. We have a great High Priest who has provided washing for our hearts and consciences through His shed blood and constant intercession. He has truly broken the bars of the yoke of our slavery to sin. We can boldly confess our hope of eternal life because Christ is faithful to His eternal Word. We must not neglect gathering together to encourage one another to faithfulness, love and good works. Jesus is coming soon!
Faith Confession and Prayer: I walk erect and free today because of Jesus Christ! Help me to faithfully meet with others and encourage others to love and good works, being ready for Christ’s soon return!
Leviticus 26:13 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.”
Psalm 112:4 “Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.”
Scripture reading for July 27th: Song of Songs 6-8, Isaiah 1
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 1:18-20 “”Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah was called to prophesy to God’s people in Judah and Israel during a time of rebellion and apostasy. The Lord spoke through him to call the people of God back to a right relationship. They had a choice to make. They could willingly repent and return to God or they could continue to resist and rebel. They could eat the best of the land or be devoured by the sword. The choice looked simple to a reasonable person!
Thankful for washing: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1st Corinthians 6:9-11
Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Corinthians 1-6
We all have a past sin history! We still have memories and our enemy the Devil likes to bring up our past and rub our noses in it. Many people have a difficult time believing that God can forgive some of the flagrant sins that we have been involved in. The statement that God forgives our sins and remembers them no more is hard to accept. We feel like we must pay for some of these sins. Paul deals with these issues in his letter to the Corinthians and they can help us today to be free from condemnation!
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of your were. But you were washed, your were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1st Corinthians 6:9-11)
All sinners have a sentence of death upon them. They are outside the kingdom of God. Many involved in sexual sins and idolatry claim to be Christians in line for heaven. They are deceived! This is a shocking statement that most people involved in these sins ignore. The worst state of a person is deception because that person actually thinks that they are in the kingdom of God when they are not. Active involvement with this list of sins is a dangerous place to be if you claim to be a Christian or are an unbeliever.
The good news is that although many have been involved in these common sins of the flesh, there is a way for them to be free from the sins and be included in the kingdom of God. They can be washed of these sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. They can be made clean and set apart by the Holy Spirit living in them and making them a new creation. They can be justified before God because of faith in Jesus Christ. A person who is truly saved will seek to please God by living a holy life, free from these obvious sins. Remember today that you are washed and your sin is remembered no more!