The minister is to live in the Bible so that he can be ready in season and out of season. It is my opinion that some pastors take as long as they do to write a sermon because they are neither confident in the gospel message nor do they know the Scriptures very well.
The biblical doctrines of election and predestination are eminently practical as we struggle to see the world and life for what it is. Knowing that all things are in the hands of our God, even and especially even our own salvation is what allows us to properly compartmentalize our outward and inward blessings as wholly being under the control of the one who has ordered all things to His own glory.
Today we looked at 1 Corinthians 7:1-9. Of all of Paul’s writings this set of verses can be the trickiest, however, the main point of the apostle’s concern remains sexual immorality and how spouses are to help one another in the keeping of the seventh commandment.
For today’s devotion from Bethany ARP we heard a challenge from Acts 4:13 to “be like Christ” in the spirit of Rom. 12:2, Eph. 5:1-2, and other passages. The more we rest in the finished work of our Lord, the more we shall be at rest.
There is no reason why anyone who bears the name of the Most High should be anxious or worry about what is happening around them. The circumstances of life belong to our Heavenly Father.
Today for our Monday devotion we looked at 1 Cor. 6:12-20. As Paul warns us to flee from sexual immorality he also takes a moment to speak about the blessed nature of our spiritual union with Christ.
The Bereans of Acts 17 were able to check Paul’s teaching because they knew their Word, and Paul receives that correction because it comes from a place of love and trust.
Mr. Spurgeon makes note that for the believer ironically the hardest times to trust and praise God is when things are well. Christians must remember the fullness we receive in our Lord at all times.
As we confess and discern His grace and mercy to us, we do so only in the context of knowing God as He is. Our heart will show our faith, and in light of that we only can benefit from imbibing more into our soul of the great and glorious blessing of who our God is, and who He will always be in power. (John 17:3).