"CONSISTENCY, THOU ART A RARE JEWEL"
Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 3-4
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:1, 3
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ…for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
"Behaving like mere men?" Jesus said to Peter, "You are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16:23). A paraphrase of that is, "You think like men think and not as God thinks." God's Word is the expression of His thoughts. In order to think and behave as God would, it is of ultimate importance to stay consistent in reading and meditating on His Word. God has called and equipped pastors and teachers and put them into the pulpits of our local churches. We need these ministry gifts. Some of us unwisely run after big name ministers, or even think we can grow in our Christian life without the local church. If we think that, we're wrong, and we, along our families and friends, will suffer negative consequences.
Paul's pen penetrates deeply into our innermost beings. The church of Corinth provides an understanding into what eventually became our many denominational divisions. Paul has cut away at our careless attitudes toward those things that are harmful to the temple (our bodies) in which we live…and he deals with many things which harm us. It may be repentance time right now!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please help us to remain faithful to the disciplines to which You've called us. We can't do this on our own. We need Your supernatural strength 24/7. We believe with all our hearts, minds and souls that You will impart Your grace to us at all times. Amen!
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