Friday, November 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 313 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Job 34; 1 Corinthians 4; 1 Corinthians 5; 1 Corinthians 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Job 34:37, “To his sin he adds rebellion.” [Elihu speaking of Job.]
1 Corinthians 4:15, “Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers.”
1 Corinthians 5:9, “I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”
12 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
11 “… And that is what some of you
That is what some of you… were. (To see the list from 1 Corinthians 6, CLICK HERE.)
This is a statement of faith, based upon the work Christ has done, and the result of our being “born again” into a new life.
Does that mean we no longer struggle with sin of any sort? Not at all.
But it means that the power of sin has been broken in our lives. That “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
We always have a choice. We choose to do good… or we choose to sin. We always have a choice. No matter what you do or say to me, I choose how I am going to respond…
It’s making the good, smart, kind choice that can be difficult, eh?
Why? Because sin is fun! (In Hebrews 11, in regards to Moses) that he “He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”
“Fleeting pleasures of sin.”
“Pleasures of sin…”
But they are “fleeting…”
Sin is fun!
… for a while.
Take an affair (no one likes to call call it what it is anymore… adultery, unfaithfulness, infidelity) for instance… Fun for a while? Until your spouse finds out. Then your kids… your friends… the people you work with.
Until your heart condemns you…
Not so fun now…
Or a few drinks… once in a while?
Then a few each day… over time… can become uncontrollable, can lead to alcoholism… destroying your body, affecting your job, family, relationships, etc…
The pleasures of sin?
Lord, thank you that you have set us free from the law of sin and death! Romans 8:2.