Day 26 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 10

Comment of the day from 1/25/11

Being all things to all men, I think, has been a phrase that has been used to justify behaviors and to make it appear that they are not trying to offend others. Being all things to all men was really what Evangelist Ken Cook would call Lifestyle Evangelism… Paul was finding common ground with all men for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that he could bring them into the fold. Our attitude should be that we are on a mission; our mission is to connect with those that God loves but are out of Covenant Relationship with him… those that are living outside of their inheritance… not living in the spirit of adoption… the lost… the missing… the hurting… our neighbors… our bosses… our family members… our bankers… our teachers… our real estate agents… our insurance agents… our dentists… doctors… grocery clerks… you fill in the blank. Connect with those in “your world,” those you see everyday, not just for the sake of connecting but rather for the PURPOSE of CONNECTING them to JESUS CHRIST. The people in “our world,” are already part of the body at POFW… they just don’t know it yet.

A.J. Galvan

Day 26 Prayer Focus

Pray for church members who visit and minister to the sick, elderly, imprisoned, disabled, lonely, discouraged, and depressed. Pray that many people will come into the kingdom as a result of their love, service, and witness.

1 Corinthians 10

1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

14Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

15I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

18Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

20But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

22Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

23All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

24Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

25Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

26For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

27If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.

28But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:

29Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

30For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

33Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.


25 thoughts on “Day 26 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 10

  1. 21 “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” This gives Christians a clear definition that there must be some type of separation in our lives. We cannot partake of worldly, carnal things while sitting at the Lord’s table. There are choices we must make, and some of them are harder than us, because some of them force us to leave behind things and people, but when we become filled with His Spirit, there are things that I can no longer allow myself to do, because I might offend His holy nature.

  2. 31″Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”

    We live in a time, where things are so fast paced, and we are all so busy moving about our day, that I think we forget sometimes that others are watching us. People observe the way we look, act, and react to situations, and the way we behave is a direct reflection of our beliefs and values. I feel we should all strive to let everything we do and say, be a direct reflection of our Savior Jesus, that through us, others will see HIM; HIS love, mercy, forgiveness, and strength…greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world!

  3. If we want to know how our journey with the Lord is going to go, and have a study guide we need to look at the history of Israel in the wilderness. Here they were called out, had turned their backs to egypt (repentance), walked through the red sea (baptism), were led by the pillar by day and the fire by night (Holy Ghost), and were in the process of journeying to the promised land (sanctification). They, in God’s eyes were already in possesion of this new land (justification), they just had to go through the process to get there (salvation).
    God even extended his grace and mercy to them when they disobeyed, complained, and didnt wipe them all out when they rebelled.
    Our journey is much like this today. Yet, if we learn from their mistakes we wont be wandering in our wilderness for forty years.
    From Egypt to Canaan it is estimated that it only took about two weeks when traveling a direct route, but God wanted some things in them dealt with before they took what was already theirs.
    The new building, vision for Fort Worth, dreams of ministers, and success of ministries is closer than we think. God wants us to trust him and love one another, just like he wanted Israel to, and we will get these wonderful promises from him.
    Bro. Chavis said look up while you are in the wilderness and you will see the mountain of God.
    The unity that God wants us to exhibit behind the man of God will literally propel us into spiritual and prophetic destiny.

  4. We must understand there is no promise land without the process of the wilderness. We find in verse 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. The wilderness is the process or place where most people are overthrown.

    WILDERNESS – 1a (1) : a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings (2) : an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community
    b: an empty or pathless area or region

    The wilderness is a lonely place where people get bored instead of getting focused. Israel lost sight of their destiny and were overthrown, by lust, idolatry and fornication.

    Stay focused in the time of loneliness!

    Speaking of Israel being overthrown in the wilderness; Paul said in verse 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. That in the Old Testament they tempted CHRIST! Hellllllllooooo, he was not born yet?

    OH yes, thank you for another affirmation that Jesus is the flesh manifestation of the ONE GOD!

  5. This chapter helped me so much today. Verse 13 (Message) says…”No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” I want to give God my all and do everything heartily and freely to God’s glory as Verse 31-33 mention. God wants all or nothing. We have to make that decision to give ourselves completely to him!

  6. I have been blessed to visit with many of our bretheren both in our fellowship and in like minded ones. One thing that is a constant when “Pentecostals” get together is the conversation eventually will turn to who is no longer in the fellowship and why did they leave even Paul in his 2 letter to Timothy the 4 chapter spoke of those who had left him.
    A conversation of encouragment can quickly become one of burden. Paul begins this chapter reminding the church of Corinth of all those who were with Moses, vs 2 they were baptised of the cloud and the sea, meaning in the water and in the spirit. Yet they had succomed to the things of the world and were not allowed into the promised land.
    A weight is upon each of us that of those who came before us, besides us, but are no longer of us.
    “who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape”
    Many have found the temptation as a way of escape. An easier path to travel. My prayer is for them and for you who carry them in a prayer. As David cried for his son Absalom so let your soul cry for those who have left the faith but encourage yourself through prayer that as Paul we seek not our own profit, “but the profit of many that they might be saved.”

  7. v 1-5 tells of the privileges that the Israelites enjoyed: 1. that while they crossed the Red Sea miraculously the same sea drowned their former captors. 2. they were provided with spiritual food and drink in the wilderness (Christ the Bread of life and the Water of life.) v5 “yet, nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.” How is it possible to enjoy the great privileges of God and fall short of eternal life? The MSG. says that these privileges “didn’t mean much to them” They took it for granted. Too busy looking at what God could do for them instead of who He was to them! “He who touches God’s heart will see His hand!” Let’s look on His face and He will show us His hand!

  8. 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    14Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

    Every sin ever commited was birthed in the mind through temptation. The word of God does not say that we will not be tempted only that a way of escape will be provided when we are tempted. The following scripture explains that once you have identified the temptation for what it is, temptation, then you are to flee through the way of escape. If you have ever sinned, and we are all sinners saved by grace, then you know that at the point of the decision, flee or linger, you lingered or entertained the idea of sin in your mind before it was committed.
    We can walk daily without sin. As soon as temptation flirts with our mind we have the power to rebuke it and it will have to flee. Put your mind on things above! 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.This is why the whole armor of God is so important! 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The helmet of salvation protects the mind and with the word of God in our mouth we have the power to stand against sin.
    The scripture above also says that we will not be tempted by anything that we cannot resist. Which tells me that we choose not to resist or flee. When we know God and walk with him he makes it hard for us to fail. We have to choose sin over him. Isn’t that like nailing him to the cross all over again. Lord, forgive me. Be Church! Walk with him always!

  9. Never do I want to be used as an example by God to show others what Not to do! But rather an example of what to do. By worshiping idols and being immoral they were killed by snakes. And complaining brought upon them the Angel of Death and all were destroyed. This is a warning to us today. We must be careful in all areas of our life. Is every area of our life pleasing unto God or satan? We cannot serve two masters. He is God and God alone! Choose this day whom you will serve.

  10. Verse 21 gets my attention. ” Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

    This verse tells me to make a choice. God gives each individual the freedom to decide whom to serve & worship. The undecided want to eat with both Jesus and Satan at the same time. That way, they can easily reach out and have either virtue or sin within reach. They have yet to decide on salvation.

    But for me, I have decided to follow Psalms 116:13 KJV “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.” Each one of us, have a decision to make. Who will you invite to the table? Are you going to have a ‘CUP’ with Jesus or Satan?

  11. Vs 1-5: They were all baptized in the cloud & sea, had the same spiritual meat and spiritual drink and the Rock-Christ Jesus-was with them through it all. Yet it says many were overthrown in the wilderness-the desert.

    We too are baptized in Jesus’ name and been filled with the Holy Spirit-have the same spiritual ‘meat’ preached to us and can drink the same spiritual drink (Holy Spirit), but while we are in a dry place, a wilderness place, we are overthrown and fall away from God.

    In a Christian life, we have seasons like found in nature. We have a time to grow (Spring), we have a time to ‘reproduce’ or lead others to the Lord (Summer), a time to rest (Fall), and a time to be barren (Winter).

    Stop and evaluate what season you are in. Don’t assume God has turned His back on you because you find you are in the wilderness or in a barren place! You are just in a season and your season will change. Sometimes to bear fruit, we must be pruned (ouch),befertilized (encouraged), and then we finally begin to see signs of life swelling in our walk with God once again.

    Give yourself time to grow and time to go through every season-do not give up and become overthrown in the wilderness.

  12. Vs. 1-12
    Vs. 3-4 All ate. all drink

    They all enjoyed God’s divine favor.
    Not all were thankful. These people sinned against God giving themselves to idolatry, immorality,murmuring,complainting and provoked God by doubting His power to provide for them.
    They wre over thrown in the wilderness.
    Paul warns us not to desire evil as they did.

    Reading this chapter my first desire is to Repent and offer my God thanksgiving for all His blessings.
    To ask God for a consistent and blameless life in His eyes. Let us love one another as He loves us.
    To God be all the glory.

  13. vs “23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”.. the NIV puts it “”Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.”… Paul is telling us that we can still recieve forgiveness for the sins we commit, but we need to remember that it may hurt us in the long run. The word puts it the wages of sin is death…

    vs “27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”.. Paul is trying to illistrate a picture hear using something everyone can relate to, food.He’s trying to explain what he had said in verse 23. Paul is explaining that people have different views, and different beliefs, but as long as we are concisious of their beliefs, and show Jesus to them then maybe we can be the reason they decide to come to Christ…

  14. In this scripture, many references were made of meat & drink and idols. But, a very strong reference of the proper drink was given. In which, was our Lord Jesus Christ, in this a little dab will not do, we have to have Christ centered in our lives, if we want to get through the wilderness, too see that mountain.

    4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

    32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

    33Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

    It is also, written not to give any offense, to the Jew or the Gentiles (That’s us), nor to the Church of God. We have to unite, in like mind, or in our actions, we can’t continue like the World does, with rumors, gossip, or offenses. It is clearly, indicated here, not to have offenses. If, the World could see the Body of Christ, truly united, and standing strong for God. We would have our revival all right. This City, State, or even this World could take notice; and maybe many would be saved, in this end times. God Bless….Believe me I was preaching to myself…as well.
    >>>>>>Be Church<<<<<<<<

  15. vs.13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. GOD is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it. Some of us fill like our temptation are very servere and theres no way out. BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL. GOD will keep every promise and will give us the strength and deliver us out of every temptation if we trust in him.

  16. It’s amazing how God is always feeding His people.
    He truly is our daily bread and drink.
    Remember that old hymn” come and dine the master calleth”
    It”s His will that all come to repentance;
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Matt.5:6

  17. 5. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

    I want God to be well pleased with me and not overthrow me in the wilderness, but allow me to enter into the promised land a “good and faithful servant”!

  18. 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    This is one of my favorite verses in the Word. We are always going to have a way of escape no matter how tough the challenge. Awesome

  19. 21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

    This is as plain as it gets… Remember, this is a letter to the church.

    So…
    One Lord
    One Faith
    One Baptism
    One Cup
    One Table

  20. V5-6, 13 “5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. … 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

    This ties right in with James 1:13-16 “13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.” And Gal 5:17 outlines the battle we all must face (who will win in our lives, flesh or Spirit?): “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

    So often when we describe desert seasons, it seems what is meant is a time when circumstances are difficult, and the devil seems to have our number and just won’t let up, and there’s a struggle to survive because it seems necessary resources are scarce, and the path is difficult because the way we take seems uncharted and overrun by the troubles and challenges in the desert, etc. Yet in reading this chapter, I feel like that perspective has things skewed. In the desert, we’re not really dealing with all these things; we’re dealing with our flesh, and all these things are just opportunities for us to find out where we struggle to bring our flesh into subjection.

    I find in v13 a phrase I love “…but God.” We face trouble… but God… We face trials… but God… We face temptation… but God… “…but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This takes me to 2 Cor 2:19 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” I hear the question I myself have asked before: But God… how is Your grace sufficient for me? That’s the wrong “but God” (take out the question!) Like Pastor preached a while back, “Move The Can”: make “can God?” into “God can.”

    Heb 4:15-16 “15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” He knows; Jesus became acquainted firsthand with our weaknesses and shortcomings. Yet He made it through the desert, overcame the flesh. He calls us to come boldly to His throne of grace. We can receive mercy (not getting what we deserve), and find grace (getting what we don’t naturally deserve) to help in time of need. When temptation comes, He makes a way. He calls us now not to come to the Mercy Seat but His Throne of Grace. Mercy deals with our past, but now grace gives us help to deal with our present.

    Back to 2 Cor 12:9. Let’s take a look at it this way: “My grace (to help in time of need) is sufficient for thee: because My strength ([#1411] power, ability) is made perfect ([#5048] made complete, carried through completely, accomplished or finished) in weakness ([#769] want of strength, weakness, infirmity.)” Paul said “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” That word “infirmities” is that exact same as “weakness” above. Paul was saying “I will glory ([#2744] make boast, rejoice) in my weakness because in that weakness the power (same as “strength” above) of Christ may rest ([#1981] to fix a tent or habitation on; take possession of and live in the dwelling place of) on me.” Our infirmities are a void, a place that is lacking, uninhabited, a desert place if you will. When we come boldly before His throne of grace in time of need, we can find grace so that God comes and inhabits our weakness with His power so that where we would have failed, we can have victory in Him. Our desert place within is transformed into that place where God is. What is this power? The exact same as Jesus talked about in Luke 24:49, the power we receive when we receive His Spirit and He makes His abode with us (John 14:23.)

    In this chapter, Paul sums things up pretty well in v14 “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” He’s drawing the line in the sand: will you chose to serve God or an idol? Will you chose God and have victory, or your flesh and succumb to temptation and be overthrown in your own wilderness? V24 “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.” Will you chose God’s way and seek to help others, or will you chose your own way and seek to only please yourself? V31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” We’re going to glory in something, we must chose either to glory in the lack (giving glory to God because of His strength that inhabits our lack) or in the flesh that lacks (giving glory to the flesh, which automatically pushes God out: 1 Cor 1:29.) What will we chose, the desert of the flesh or God who is our very present help in trouble?

  21. v1 “under the cloud”

    Under God’s leadership and guidance – his guidance did not fail them — He successfully led them through the sea.

    v2

    As a people they were united under God’s redemptive program and they submitted to Moses; God’s appointed leader.

    (Ex. 14:31)

    This reminds me of THE POFW and Pastor Watts.

  22. This chapter speaks how those that were under God’s covering lived and those that were not perished. We must be careful not to give in to the world and the sin therein, Jesus forgive us (ME). Although we have free will to do practically whatever we want we are foolish, to gamble with our Souls. God is not mocked he will abide by his Word, which is Grace and Mercy until Judgment day. We should therefore do as his Word says or we and others that may have been influenced by our actions will burn for eternity. Please Jesus forgive us (ME) of our sins, Oh Mighty God

  23. 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

    The reason I like this chapter is because Pauls takes the time to connect the old testament with the new. He is telling us, look at your ancestors, dont make the same mistakes. My spirit rejoices when he says “and that Rock was Christ. What other proof do people need of the oneness of God? He was present in Creation, Present in the exit of Israel, and people still chooses not to see the truth. The communion is the way that we become one with Christ.

  24. I understood that when we are carnal and do sin it makes God jealous. Therefore you are provoking a righteous and holy God which is also a sin.

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