Day 23 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

Comment of the day from 1/22/11

The theme of this chapter seems to be “walk spiritually, not carnally; follow God’s way, not the way of the flesh.” We begin with strong warning against going “to law before the unjust, and not before the saints” in a matter between saints. It goes back to John 3:3 (AMP): “Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.” How could someone who does not know/is not acquainted with/hasn’t experienced the kingdom of God possibly be equipped to rightly judge matters concerning the kingdom?

From there, Paul goes right into speaking of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God and how these are people who have given themselves over to the passions, lusts, appetites of the flesh to become slaves to those things. He targets specifically fornication in speaking about how people abuse natural desires, given by God in creation for good, and twist them into actions that are sinful counterfeits of what God intended. The insight he writes about concerning this particular sin has vast implications concerning our relationship with God and how much damage is caused when fornication is committed (especially concerning saints.) It boils down to this, our body is for the Lord (v13, 20) as well as our spirit (v17, 20; 2 Pet 3:9; Eph 5:30-32) and we should not follow after carnality to pollute them but glorify God in both by following Him in holiness, as we are not our own but His:

V19-20 “19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Eph 5:22, 25-27, 30-32 “22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Virginia Lowe

Day 23 Prayer Focus

The media influences our thinking much more than we realize. Mixed in with the valuable information are lies, misinformation, deception, perversion, ungodliness, and humanism. Ask God to keep your mind, heart, eyes, and ears on things that honor and please Him. (See Philippians 4:8.)

1 Corinthians 7

1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

11But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

12But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

13And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

15But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

16For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

17But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

18Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.

23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

25Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

26I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

27Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

28But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.

29But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

30And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

31And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

32But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

33But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

34There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

35And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

36But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.

37Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

38So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

39The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

40But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

 

19 thoughts on “Day 23 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

  1. When Paul wrote this chapter, the church was determined that Jesus would come back any day. Some were preaching they shouldn’t be married instead keep themselves celebic and spend there time dedicated to God and not a spouse. I am thankful Paul clarified this for the church, our ministries are made stonger through the encouragment and prayers of a spouse.
    I appreciate vs 12-13 and understand how it can help so many who struggle with a spouse who’s not in church. Stay faithful to God and to your spouse and through your faithfullness, they may find salvation.

  2. This chapter gives direction to the church regarding marriage. With the state of the world today and marriages, even within the church, under attack. I feel that this chapter along with the rest of the word of God is just as relevant today as then.

  3. Being married i thought this was a great chapter to read and study . These VS. stood out to me. VS. 4- The body of each belongs to the other and can not be yielded to other people. vs. 9-If brothers and sisters can not control their desires its best to marry. VS. 11-The wife and husband should not divorce VS. 27- If married stay married if not best to remain so.

  4. Marraige is beautiful! It is good to commit too each other and it is helpful to have a husband or wife that is also commited to the work of the lord.

  5. This chapter sets the boundaries for marriage, including those who spouse is an unbeliver. How beautiful it is that the saved spouse can sanctify the husband until the time of his own personal pentecost. The scripture declares that we are a living epistle known and read of all men, and I think it is very applicable in such case where there is an unbelieving spouse. How you represent Jesus Christ and the Church determines how your spouse will respond to the call of God to their life.

  6. 23-24 MSG “All of you, slave and both free,were once held hostage in a sinful society. The a huge sum was paid out for your ransom, so please don’t out of old habit slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. “Friends stay where you were called to be. God is there . Hold the high ground with Him at your side.” Our ulitmate allegience is not to men but to Christ.
    We need to know that the presence and favor of God are not limited to any outward condition. God is not bound by the condition we find ourselves in.

  7. Paul encouraged those who might be tempted to commit sexual sin to marry. It is better to develop a permannet relationship with a wife or husband than to fall into sexual sin. And if you do marry take care of one another so neither is tempted to stray outside of the marriage.

  8. This chapter gives clear direction to the married, unmarried, and widowed. Interesting to see that Paul felt and saw it better to not marry due to the dedication and time it takes to be a wife/husband and have family. When unmarried there is less distraction and more time to devote to the church! But let us that are married not use it as an excuse to back off and be slack concerning the work of the Lord. Be Church!

  9. It is amazing how many people give their lives to the serving of mans things and systems.

    22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.

    23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

    We are called by GOD and bought by GOD; it should not be a task to give ourselves to the service of the LORD as gave himself for us.

  10. Paul says that a wife is bound to the husband by law unless the husband dies, then she is free. I think that this applies to us spiritually, when we are sinners we are bound to the law of sin, we are married to it. We are not free from sin until sin is dead. The only way sin dies is through repentance and new birth. When this is complete we become married to the law of Christ and we become the bride of Christ. One day Jesus is coming back for His bride, the church.

    “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace. And then He’ll take me by the hand and lead me to that promised land. What a day, glorious day that will be.”

  11. Paul says that a wife is bound to the husband by law unless the husband dies, then she is free. I think that this applies to us spiritually, when we are sinners we are bound to the law of sin, we are married to it. We are not free from sin until sin is dead. The only way sin dies is through repentance and new birth. When this is complete we become married to the law of Christ and we become the bride of Christ. One day Jesus is coming back for His bride, the church.

    “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace. And then He’ll take me by the hand and lead me to that promised land. What a day, glorious day that will be.”
    .

  12. The first part of verse 10-11 in the Message Version says…And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master’s command, not mine. In today’s society being married for more than 5 years is monumental. I thank the Lord for 21 years and counting!

  13. Marriage Manual 101.

    We never know when Jesus is going to come back. We are not our own we are His, we can become one flesh with union of husband/wife. Relationship wise in this world it seems anything goes. Attack, perversion, and immorality is at every turn. Its best to look at what the Master and what a godly man like Paul links on the matter before thinking this worlds way is ever okay.

    Everyone is at different points in there lives, and walks with Christ. This scripture gives insight on how to handle each situation. I like it because it paves the route you can take as a young unmarried person as myself.

  14. Great chapter on marriage. It takes committment to make a marriage last. We cant easily be influenced by temptation, greed, or power. God has given us a spouse that will support and encourage us. Thank God, I married a firm believer in God’s way of living!

  15. Whether single or married we must live devoted to the Lord. God’s design for marriage will glorify Him, but Paul also points out advantages of being unmarried.

  16. This chapter illustrates the temptations, trials and tribulations we face as men and women; should we marry or should we be single. Paul explains how if we are single we may have more time to devote to the work of Christ, whereas if we are married we may have (give) less time. We must be careful and diligent with our time, for a marriage to survive we must put Jesus first, and we must Be Church.

  17. vs “10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”… Something to REALLY think about before you get married, and even after you do…

    Hosea was a prophet who God had marry a harolet so that he would understand the love that God has for His people (church). Many of us have read or at least heard this story, but very few really take the time to comprehend what it is saying… Just imagine that your best friend, the person whom you love more than any other person in the world only uses you when they are in trouble. This person wants to run to all these other people (worldly devises) for theur comforts, rather than just simply resting in your arms. The pain is over whelming that this person is causeing you but your heart just won’t let go. You don’t understand it. Here you are trying to help and give this person a great life and they just keep trashing all you give and do for fleeting pleasures. Yet you still wait. You still keep the hope that this person will return to their rightful place beside you.

    God did this. He waited generations for Isreal to return to Him. He still does this with us. Although we run from Him over and over. Although we hold to our vices He still continues to wait for us to return to Him. Let’s be church and not only take a deep look at our lives, but also pray for those who have run from Him or fell back to their vices. God’s word connot lie, and it tells us that His will is that not should parish…

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