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Faithful stewards!

Scripture reading for July 10th: 1st Corinthians 4, Psalm 137, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 4:1-4 “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court.  In fact, I do not even judge myself.  For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.  It is the Lord who judges me.”

Instead of exalting church leaders, they should be viewed as servants of the Lord Jesus and stewards of the mysteries of God revealed in Him.  Each steward’s first requirement before God is faithfulness.  Only God can judge each person’s faithfulness and reward him.  We cannot even judge ourselves with accuracy.  Wait on the Lord and He alone will judge with truth.

Faith Confession:  I am a servant of Christ Jesus by God’s grace and a steward of God’s Word and truth revealed in Jesus Christ.  Lord, help me not to judge others or even myself presumptuously. I will wait on the Lord alone.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”   

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Don’t pass judgment!

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  Romans 14:10-12  “Why do you pass judgment on your brother?  Or you, why do you despise your brother?  For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;  for it is written,”As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  So then each of us will give account of himself to God.”

Paul was instructing the Roman believers in their need for care in passing judgment on fellow believers based on customs or traditions.  He cautioned them not to pass judgment, condemning or despising brothers or sisters for breaking some law or rule.  Each believer should remember that they must give an account to God for all their own deeds done in the body at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Faith confession:  Lord, help me to keep from judging brothers and sisters in the Lord based on traditions or customs.  I believe that the finished work of Christ, who totally obeyed His Father, will keep me and them on the day of judgment.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

 

 

 

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Embracing Godly change in the early church!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Acts 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 11:1-3  “The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  

The early church, as today, struggled with embracing change.  Tradition and culture lead to many false assumptions that had to be worked out through the mediation of the Holy Spirit.  The Jews held tightly guarded ideas about Gentiles and purity.  They believed that good Jews would not associate with a Gentile or eat with them.  The Jewish believers in Jerusalem were quick to judge Peter for going into Cornelius’ home and eating!  Peter had to carefully explain how he came to understand that God was also saving Gentiles who would believe on Jesus Christ.  The Church must be open to truth.  God always loved all mankind and desires all men to be saved.  But the Church must not to change God’s standards for the sake of the culture!  It is only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that salvation is possible.

Observations for over-comers:  Don’t be quick to judge God’s servants!  Always seek truth and God’s word.  “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”  (Psalm 96:11-13)

 

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