1 Corinthians 10… Musings, 25 FEB
Yeah, good scripture for this week’s sermon and always… I like pre-reading the scripture before our Pastor’s sermon, just like I like pre-practicing before band practice… Yeah, it’s so convenient that the Bible is written down, isn’t it!?!?! It’s sad those folks in Moses’ time couldn’t carry the whole bible in an app on their phones!!! God’s Word on the go!.. no curtain can hide Jesus – as Jesus is conveniently heart-localized – that is so awesome…
1st Corinthians 10 serves both to remind us humility (just like that white bead on my everest/dead sea bracelet), and also to be on our best behavior because “compliance makes a difference”, which is a saying on a bracelet I wear on my other arm… “12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 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.”
And the 1st Corinthians verses also match the sentiment of Ephesians 5:29-30 “After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.” When I asked (and still ask) God to reduce my temptations He has answered me… HE did not have to always take the object away but reduce my urge towards it – yes, HE has answered me, BIG TIME… Proof to me yet again that God hears us when we call, and that my “compliance makes a difference”… This is clearly been a blessed whole past year of health focus, and where out of left field I have seen challenges left and right… God providing that way out from temptations has been AMAZING…. putting out fires when I ask, and removing that “it’s all about me” feeling… This can seem like a conflict because God has been building me up, that feeling of “I want you to be fulfilled” but actually God is really saying: I want you to look to ME, Your Master, to fill you and look for my fulfilling ways, do not feast from earthly ways… Yup…
We see so much these days of “I have the right to do anything” attitude…. But folks DON’T remember 1 Corinthians verse 23-24 – not everything is beneficial – not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. “not everything is constructive.”
In the world these days, we hear so many say: “what’s in it for me” when they should say “how can I give of myself and make a difference?”… But the biggest idol we see is SELF… Self importance…. It’s saying “God BE good to me, I AM worth it” rather than “God IS good, even though I am NOT worthy”… Oh, if only folks would remember it’s God’s plan, not ours….Just be grateful God wants you in HIS plan…
Verse 13 means your problems are nothing new, and temptations are common and you can’t repeatedly blame the devil in your failings like “the devil made me do it” … Since these are “ONLY” mankind’s failings, God can help – easy for God but hard for you – because YOU have to WANT to change…
Hey we all mess up… We are human… But we can can overcome temptations WITH God’s help….
Remember: Luke 1:37 (NKJV) “For WITH GOD nothing will be impossible.”
Matthew 19:26 (NIV) “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but WITH GOD all things are possible.””
Cool…. It’s great to have HIS help… Thanks God!
1 Corinthians 10 (NKJV) Old Testament Examples
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.