Scripture: 1st Corinthians 16.
(What is God saying here?)
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
As the Corinthians awaited Paul’s next visit, they were directed to:
- Be on guard. – They were to be constantly watchful or alert for spiritual enemies that might slip in and threaten to destroy them whether it be divisions, pride, sin, disorder, or erroneous theology;
- Stand firm in what they believed – that is, the gospel that they had been taught in the beginning, the gospel that had brought them salvation;
- Be courageous – so that they could stand against false teachers, deal with sin in the congregation, and straighten out other problems;
- Be strong – with the strength given by the Holy Spirit; and
- Do everything with love – because without love, they would be no more than prideful noisemakers.
Today, as we wait for the return of Christ, we should follow the same instructions as given by Paul to the Corinthians. Satan is so very busy and looking for ways to infiltrate and trip up the church of God. Let us do our part to combat this evil one by staying strong in the Lord and staying so close to Him that there will be no room for Satan in our lives and in the life of our churches. God is our source of strength and power. We just need to trust in Him and follow His perfect will for our lives to stay pure in His presence.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, You know better than we do, how prevalent Satan is in this world and especially how hard he tries to interfere in the lives of Your children and in the life and work of Your church. Thank You for the words given to Paul to share with the church at Corinth, and thanks for placing these words in Your Holy Bible for us to take note of and follow as well. I pray that this will be a special day filled with Your power and grace as You seek to keep Your children from harm and from the vile of Satan. Your grace is sufficient. Thank You Father.
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