Day 24 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 8

Comment of the day from 1/23/11

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.

Jane Mcdaniel

Day 24 Prayer Focus

Read Galatians 5:19-21. Pray for revival in yourself and your church community. Put to death the works of the flesh, for they will bar the door to the kingdom of God: hatred, quarrels, contentious tempers, envy, conceit, rivalry, jealousy.

1 Corinthians 8

1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

3But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

8But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

27 thoughts on “Day 24 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 8

  1. Paul gives us his own clarification in regards to the deity of of GOD here in Chapter 8; we find the purpose of his statements to directed towards worship; mainly identifying idols that may distract or take away from the true sincere worship of GOD.

    IDOL – an object of extreme devotion. It is so easy to fall into idol worship; simply because we devote our time, talent and treasure to certain things. once certain levels of devotion are attained to be greater than our personal devotion to GOD it becomes a distraction from our worship and devotion to GOD.

    6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

    In verse 6 Paul is giving the charge to keep our focus; our worship and devotion to GOD. The ONE true GOD who is Father in creation, SON in redemption, and the HOLY GHOST in us today; and make HIM the LORD of our life, by our lives being centered and surrounded by JESUS; by whom all things exist.

    BE Church through JESUS!

  2. We can learn so much about passion in this chapter. Many people that worship idols are more committed to their faith than we are. In muslim nations they will close down their work places and go to the temple to pray. Why can’t we do a blog once a day or pray for an hour, in a day? To BE CHURCH we must show others what true passion is.

  3. 13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

    This scripture to us means so much more than just dont eat meat. We realize that when people come to church they have different things that have ahold of them sometimes to us those things mean nothing. Someone who was an alchoholic might not be able to play pool because it reminds him of his sin. A person who was addicted to jewlery might see a watch as just a different type of bracelet. To “Be Church” we have to strengthen our brothers and sisters in Christ, and if there is anything that would hinder there walk, our personal convictions do not come into play around them instead, we strive to build up our bretheren. I take this scipture to mean if something is a temptation to our brother, or a stumbling block in there spiritual growth then leave it alone when your with them.

  4. This chapter tells me, do not depend on idols, or food/meat that is used for sacrificial purposes. Knowledge of this world can lead us down the wrong path and into satan’s trap. Having a relationship with God, he know us, and he will guide us with the truth.

    Idols have no meaning, they are just a desire non-christians want and something they covet. As Bro. Chavis said, “it is the sheppards rod(our idol), that we need to let go, throw away, it is part of the past” and let it serve “only as a reminder”. Ask God, are there any idols I need to let go?

    If we are weak minded, the more idols we
    will have in our mind. As Christians, we know, there is only one true God, his name is Jesus. And with Jesus, there is no need for idols, Jesus is our answer to all things.

  5. Today’s idols may be different than the idols of the Bible. They had images carved in stone or metal and today we have images on the television! Their worship of these images involved immoral acts and today our digital images also potray immoral acts. They spent quality time with their idol worship and do we not also spend our quality time with our images?

    Lay these idols aside. As Bro Chavis preached, throw down that crutch that you lean on. It could be your idol of TV, magazines, time on the computer and so on…spend your quality time with the Lord in Bible study and Bible reading and Prayer. God has a word in His mouth for you, let Him speak it to you during quality time spent with Him-it may come through a verse or in listening to Him to speak to you while in prayer!

  6. Paul lets us know the mind of the world. Even though some people do not admit it, everyone wants a higher power in their life. They seek for it through many different avenues and fall into believing a lie. RED FLAG to us apostolic people of God! Let your light shine so bright that there is no question and only ONE answer to the emptiness in their life…. JESUS! Do we drive people away from Calvary through our attitudes and ways of living a hypocritical life or do we drive them to Calvary by being the best example of a true christian?

  7. 12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

    Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes. Plain and simple. We are the armor-bearer for one another. If any part of the body hurts then we all hurt…mourn with them that mourn, rejoice with them that rejoice. Be Church to one another!

  8. Paul is explaining how we should not use our “freedom” through Christ to bring harm to our brother who has not yet come to a full understanding of that same freedom. Some hear the truth and make immediate change where others need more time. Le’ts don’t be puffed up with pride and do more harm than good. Verse 11-12 “and through thy knowledge should the weak brother perish for whom Christ died? “But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.” If we could remember/realize that our sin that can risk the eternal ruin of our brother is actually two- fold. )1 It is possible that our actions can cause great spiritual harm to a weaker brother ) is sin against the holy nature of God; that gave up his life for this same brother. Is it really that important to act like we have arrived and know all of the answers. Let’s BE CHURCH and be sensitive to those who are seeking the Lord.

  9. Paul talks about learning to be sensitive to our convictions and to God while also being considerate of our brothers and sisters feelings.

  10. There is meat offered in idol temples. It not changed because so offered its not to be eaten because of the weaker brethren. Those that have knowledge must act in love.

  11. Vs 4 As concerning therefore… Paul returns now to the main subject, which is eating of those things which are offered in sacrifice unto idols. Paul establishes that an idol is nothing any thinking person knows that since there is none other G0d but one an if someone offers a sacrifice to an idol he is sacrifing to an non entity.

  12. In this scripture, it shows the identity of God, and the importance of true worship. Our focus/worship, should always be on him, and not on other idols, in which; come in many forms. We are to worship in spirit iand n truth; how can this be done, if or when, we are spending more time in other areas? In which, if we aren’t careful can become a form idoltry.

    6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of
    whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

    12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

    Also, you are cautioned, not to sin against Christ, by wounding your brother’s weak conscience. Please, keep in mind not all of us are at the same level, in knowledge, or in growth in Christ; keeping your brothers safe, and in doing this. You are also, guarding yourself, not to sin against Christ. So, please edify & educate, teach with love.

    >>>>>>>>BE CHURCH<<<<<<<<<

  13. 13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

    If I may I would like to comment on a common misconception. Pastor is the one who preaches and teaches about media so if he disagrees I welcome his correction.
    I have heard people use the above verse to justify watching “adult” programming. They say that there are those who can “handle” watching edgy, sinful, controversial matter and be ok. They are strong enough to go by the guidelines set by the entertainment industry. When the kids go to bed, “adult” viewing comes on which is considered age appropriate.
    Though what we consume, if it offends our brother or sister, we should not do it. Like eating pork around someone who believes they are to follow a kosher diet. However, we should never use this verse to say it is ok to entertain ourselves with the anti-biblical culture of the world.
    I believe that Paul meant for us to be mindful of others around us. I do not think that he meant it’s ok for some to cross lines and others to not.

  14. Pauls priority has always been to preach the Gospel, he wants us to know that even our actions do the preaching. The lost or new convert is watching at all times to see what we do, do we eat of the sacrificed meat of idols? You might have every right to eat that meat but is it a good example to the lost or babes in Christ? Do we have any idols, tv, sports, fashion or are we putting God first above all. Our culture encourages us to stand up for our rights, even at the expense of others. Yet Jesus repeatedly point to the joy we receive from humility and self-sacrifice. Why not give up your right for free time or watching a movie and use the time to share with a new Christian a lesson you have learned recently.

  15. 3. But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

    If we truly love God the way we say that we do, our actions and attitudes will reflect it and people will see it in us; it will be known of us. More importantly, God will see it. He wants us to not only tell Him we love Him, but also to show Him. How? By loving others, helping others, “feeding His sheep” (John 21:15-17). Lord, help me to do more than just talk; I want to love those that You love.

  16. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

    This scripture is so true. Knowledge puffs up, or brings forth pride.

    Many times Pentecostals are the most arrogant people on the planet.

    I’m reminded of the situation that happened at NAYC. I found a tie on the ground and i tried to speak to the man walking in front of me,”Excuse me Sir, did you lose your tie.” He ignored me. I tried 2 more times and finally got right up in his face and his wife spoke up and said “no”…(By the way, he still ignored me)…

    The only way to off-set our knowledge in the Word of God is to build one another up in LOVE!

  17. verse 12
    when we hurt our neighbors we hurt God for he loves us all and if we love God then we should love one another

  18. This chapter instructs us not to eat meat if it offends our Brother/Sister. The chapter most assuredly relates to anything that could offend our Brother/Sister and cause them to go astray or simply loose out with Jesus. Meat could be; Sports, Movies, Internet, Cars, Clothes, Music, etc. We must not consciously harm or hinder one another, we must pray, encourage, fast and not eat flesh if it will cause our Brother/Sister to be lost. If we truly are to BE Church, than we must not be the fall of our Brother/Sister. We pray we have not offended any of you, God Bless you all

  19. Paul tells us to turn away from idols. An idol could be anything to us it just has to be something we put before our prayer life and worship. He warns us against this and to keep away from it.

  20. I am rejoice when I raid this chatter because i was one of them i was catholic now Jesus Christ my god set me free of all this

  21. Verse 1 (NIV) ends with…”But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Verses 2-3 say..Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. In verse 9 we are warned…. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights ([Amplified] power of choice- this permission and liberty to do as you please) does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

  22. The old saying, when in Rome do like the Romans comes to mind as I read over this chapter today. We must be sensitive to the convictions of people around us. Because of our individuality, and our own relationship with Jesus Christ, there are things that I might be convicted of that someone else is not and vice versa. I’m not talking about foundational/doctrinal issues, but just because I don’t share the same conviction doesn’t mean that I should flaunt that in front of the person that does share that conviction. Every person’s level of understanding isn’t the same, and I must give them time to develop their relationship with God and not shove my conviction at them as well. God is very capable of molding and shaping each of as he wants, so God help me respect my brothers convictions if they are stronger or weaker than my own. I don’t want to offend anyone, because if I do, I have offended you Jesus!

  23. 1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

    2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

    Usually in a situation that comes up regarding whether or not something is right or wrong we all know something about it. Usually just enough to form our own opinions about it. In verse 2 though it says if we think we know all about something we dont yet… Not to the extent we need to.

    In this chapter the controversy over meat previously sacrificed to idols is being discussed. Much like in this chapter we have opportunities that present themselves today where the church body wants/needs to know the line on. I believe when these come up that we listen to the man of God, pastor Watts, in our lives. Even if we don’t understand we can trust that He has been directed by God.

  24. Some have been in church all of their lives, others most of their lives, and some just a few months or even weeks of their lives. Most of us have a good grasp and concept of idols; we know that they do not exist, there is only one true and living God. New believers sometimes do not understand that their some of their beliefs and ideas of gods or idols do not line up with the word of God. This is not an opportunity to “let them know how it is,” this is a responsibility for “seasoned saints” to disciple. Leading people to Jesus has to be more than just a phrase that church-goers use it has to be a concept that is fused into our everyday lives. Don’t judge or offend your brother because they don’t understand the things that you/we do. Let’s have compassion; if our love for God is what we say it is, we will be gentle and mirror Jesus through our lifestyle, example, speech, and deeds.

  25. I found the first three verses to be particularly interesting. At first, these statements seemed to me almost like a random, disconnected hodgepodge of ideas and it took some digging before things began to click. The things Paul references here bring some pretty profound connections.

    The concept found in v1 “knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” touches on 1 Cor 13:8-13. Knowledge is fragmented. Knowledge implies a measure of something (and measures can be compared among themselves, which gives place to boasting.) V10 “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Knowledge is not perfect, it is partial and will have an end; love is perfect, it is whole and will never end (v8,13.) Knowledge gives place to pride in our brokenness; love is the wholeness that is the answer to our brokenness.

    v2 “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” Paul continues in today’s chapter to talk about the impact our decisions concerning Christian liberty have on those brothers and sister around us. If we partake of our liberties that would cause others to stumble (knowing this and doing it anyway), we may be “OK” according to knowledge but not according to love. Why? Rom 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” & 1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” Regardless on whether our knowledge says “OK” and gives us personal liberty to do something, we are bound by love to refrain from it if it causes harm to any brother or sister.

    V3 “But if any man love God, the same is known of him.” The implications of loving God are great. When we love God and thus accept and obey His commandments, Jesus reveals Himself to us (John 14:21.) Matt 11:27 outlines how even though people saw Jesus in the flesh, they couldn’t truly know Him/perceive His identity without revelation from Him. We know God not through our senses or knowledge but through Him, who is Love. Again, it’s not through knowledge but love.

    It’s all about love. Matt 22:36-40 tells us what’s been God’s heartbeat all along, as He revealed in His law and through His prophets: first and foremost, love Him; second, love your neighbor as yourself.

  26. What stood out more than anything was to prefer our brothers and sisters. To be sensitive, compassionate, loving and kind with those around us.

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