In an age where divorce is easy and considered right for the sae of happiness, today’s chapter is about being happy with who I am as I am…
READ 1 CORINTHIANS 7 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Most of today’s chapter relates to the current situation today in many countries where broken relationships are acceptable and divorce is easy, if not advised as the best option! Outside of Jesus teaching[a], by mid to late AD1, Paul was one of the first to bring the state of the world into an achievable practical response for my own personal life.
If the world seems inclined towards falling apart rather than naturally holding together – and this is primarily seen in the breakdown of relationships – how is that affecting my attitude and behaviour today? In a “Divorce with Ease” society that responds: “Hey, everybody does it!” – how is my conduct affecting my Maker’s account of my life?
“Lord help me to take the focus off me and my needs long enough to see Your big picture. With the big picture of Your plans and purposes in my mind, and being content with what I have, where I am, and who I’m with, help my everyday difficulties become smaller in my eyes.” Read more? … CLICK to follow “05 October – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.
When it’s hard to know how to speak freely to our Creator, the rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
I praise You Lord because You wrap Yourself in light like a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent and lay the beams of Your upper chambers on their waters. You make the clouds Your chariot and You ride on the wings of the wind. [Psalm 104:2-3]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Slavery in the Philippines[b]
Your Nation: Those who are helping in the Middle East
Yourself: Faithfulness in sharing your faith
Your concerns for today
Dear Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth, I pray for Your great Day when every tongue acknowledges Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:11]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Lord, help me to be like your ancient servants who saw visions and dreamed dreams because the central feature of their lives was speaking and praying, confessing personal sin and the sin of their nation and making requests to You about real issues. [Daniel 9:20-21]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
Thank-you Lord that it’s You who brought me and my family up out of our own personal ‘land of slavery’. You’ve performed great signs before my eyes and You’ve protected me on my entire journey among all the nations through which I travelled. [Joshua 24:17]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = A Good Caretaker
Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]
[a] Matthew 24 & 25