Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 10

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“Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 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.” (I Corinthians 10:12-13 ESV)
Overconfidence can lead to sin as it did with the children of Israel. We must avoid overconfidence so that we do not fall into the trap of sin and end up overthrown. Don’t say, “That will never happen to me.” Some who thought this fell into temptation. Paul feared that even he could become a spiritual castaway (I Corinthians 9:27). Don’t think that because of your position in church, or your calling or experience that you could never fall into sin. The Israelites had the experience of God’s glory in a cloud by day a fire by night. They drank water from the Rock and the Rock represents Christ. They experienced the miracle of God parting the Red Sea, and yet many of them fell into sexual immortality. Some fell into the sin of idolatry. Some murmured, a sin which led to their being destroyed. Who are we to think it is not possible for us to displease God and come under His judgment? Temptation is common to each of us for we are all human and under the curse of sin. But God is faithful to us in temptation and will not allow us to be tempted above our ability. God always, through Jesus Christ provides a way of escape in temptation. When you are in temptation look for the exit sign, trust in God and Jesus will give you the victory!

Prayer: “Our Father in heaven, deliver us from evil, in Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 9

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Paul was willing to become all things to all men in order that he might win some. The Gospel was primary to the Apostle Paul and it should be our main focus as well. The Gospel must be at the heart of everything we do! How do we live a Gospel-centered life? Paul compared the Gospel-centered life to running a race. First, we must run with purpose. Paul said run that you may win, or obtain the prize. Secondly, run with power. Christ lives in us to give us victory over our flesh. Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit ensures victory. Thirdly, run with purity. Paul feared that after preaching the Gospel to others that he might become a castaway. To guard against being placed on a shelf he continued to surrender his body to the Lordship of Christ. Paul “kept” himself in a state submission to Christ. This requires daily presenting ourselves to God and His will for our lives. The result of the Gospel-centered life is to win an incorruptible crown, which will bring God glory!

Prayer: “Dear Jesus, give us Your heart for the Gospel. May we run the race and make it our highest aim in life to bring You glory by winning others to Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 8

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“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (I Corinthians 8:9)
People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. Paul stated it another way, “knowledge makes us feel important, but it is love that strengthens the church.”  Loving God and loving our church family pleases God more than anything else we do. Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (I Corinthians 8:3 ESV) The Corinthian believers wrote Paul with a question about meat that had been offered to idols. Some were buying this meat at discounted prices without any violation of their conscience, but other believers were offended. Paul’s concern was that some church members might become a stumblingblock. Paul’s conviction was that if certain foods caused someone else to stumble then don’t eat them! Our fellow believers for which Christ died, are worth more than personal privileges or preferences. When we hurt a fellow believer, we sin against Christ.

Prayer: “Dear Father, forgive us where we have been a stumblingblock, help us to walk in love. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 7

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Keeping first things first helps us to enjoy God’s blessings to the fullest. Whether single or married, employed or looking for employment we can be happy in our current circumstances. I Corinthians chapter 7 teaches us to submit to God in all things and make serving Christ top priority for our lives. Sadly, many people today are unsettled and haven’t discovered peace and contentment. God’s Word gives us the key. First, Be faithful to Christ in your current circumstances. If you are married put Christ first and be happily married. If you are single put Christ first and be happily unmarried. Avoid sexual sins and immoral behavior. Do what you have to do within God’s will to remain pure. This will lead to joy. Secondly, make it a priority to reach people for Christ. You may be struggling in a marriage and wondering why you are there. It may be that God wants to use you to reach your unbelieving spouse. Paul said, “But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk.” (I Corinthians 7:17)
Not only must we make it a priority to be faithful to Christ, and reach others for Christ, but also we must live with a sense of urgency. Paul said, “The time that remains is very short.” (I Corinthians 7:29 NLT)
He also said, “For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” (I Corinthians 7:31 NLT)
Don’t be distracted by the concerns of this world. Spend your time doing the Lord’s work and thinking about how you can please Him. Make serving and living for Jesus the highest priority of your life. Be satisfied with everything God has given you, and don’t want for more. Yield yourself completely to God and witness for Christ in every circumstance and trust that God placed you there for a purpose.

Prayer: “Dear Jesus, teach us the way of peace and contentment for the joy of the Lord is our strength, help us to make winning our family and friends to Christ the highest priority of our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 6

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“Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-11)

Since we have been saved we are to glorify God in our bodies. Our body is the home for our soul and the dwelling place for God’s Holy Spirit. Out of gratitude for all that God has done for us the very least we can do is serve Him. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)
Present yourself to the Lord, give all you know of you to all you know of Him. My hands, my feet, my eyes, my lips belong to Jesus. I must use my body to serve and glorify the Lord.

Prayer: “Dear Father, I surrender my body, the totality of who I am to You. Use me for Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 5

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God wants His church to bear His likeness. As His people we must strive to be holy as God is holy. The church at Corinth thought it was being spiritual by being tolerant of sin, but Paul warned them of this danger. Allowing the practice of sin causes sin to increase. When it comes to sin God’s people cannot be neutral. We must make a decisive stand. To protect His church God gave us the practice of church discipline. Church discipline is a forgotten doctrine in many churches today, but God intended it to be implemented. God’s purpose in discipline is restorative. According to Matthew there are three stages. First, go to the offender. Second, if there is no restoration then go to the offender with two or three witnesses. If the offender doesn’t repent then the final step involves the entire church. Paul said, “Deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (I Corinthians 5:5) He says again, “Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (I Corinthians 5:13b) Sin is like a cancer, if it is allowed to grow it will destroy.

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, help us to be intolerant of sin especially in our own lives, use us to restore our brothers and sisters in Christ, and may we be motivated by love, in Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 3

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Spiritual immaturity not only plagued the church at Corinth, but is a major problem today as well. Paul referred to this state of stunted spiritual growth as carnal. Some indications of being carnal are first of all feeding only on the milk of God’s Word, and not being able to digest the meat. Another indicator is envy, strife, and division. The believers at Corinth were divided. Some favored Paul, some Apollos, and some another preacher. Let me paraphrase Paul’s response; “Who are we?” Paul asked. “We are ministers called by God. Neither one of us are anything. We plant and water but it is God that gives the increase. We are on the same team and serving for the same purpose. Each worker will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are labourers together with God.” Paul’s argument to the Corinthians was “do not glory in men.” Praise God for every person He gifts and places in the body of Christ. These belong to us and bless us, but our main focus should be the glory of God. The cure for carnal Christianity is to build on the one foundation, Jesus Christ; be blessed by the one family, God’s people; and be of one focus, bring God to glory.

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, mature our faith and may there be unity in Your church today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 2

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“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14)
There are only two kinds of people in the world. First, there is the natural man. A natural man is a lost man. Natural refers to our fallen state, the state we were born in. We are sinners by birth and by choice. No one needs to teach us to sin, it comes naturally. Our sin separates us from God and leads to death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We cannot do anything on our own to understand spiritual things. We must be born again before we can develop a spiritual understanding. Spiritual refers to those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. We become spiritual through the new birth. A spiritually born person in Jesus Christ has spiritual discernment, and has been given the mind of Christ. Through Christ we can know God and have His understanding. We don’t have to live in spiritual darkness but we can enjoy the light of God’s wisdom and truth.

Prayer: “Dear Father, thank You for the privilege of knowing You through Your Son Jesus Christ. May we bear His image for Your glory, in Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 1

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“For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (I Corinthians 1:26-27)
God uses nobodies! But when we come to faith in Jesus Christ we become a somebody for God. One prominent lady who came to faith in Christ gave testimony that she was saved by the letter “m”. The Bible doesn’t say, “Not any noble” are called, but it says, “Not many noble” are called. God chooses the weak. He isn’t looking at prominence, prestige, or position. He isn’t impressed with our pedigree, but God is interested in our humility and surrender. We will know that God is using us when the only explanation for our success is God did it. It is not about our ability, it is about God’s ability. The Apostle Paul grew in humility. At the beginning of his ministry he said, “I am least of the Apostles.” Later Paul said, “I am least of the saints.” Toward the end of his ministry Paul said, “I am chief of sinners.” The Lord will use you if you are small enough. Moses had to throw his staff down before it became powerful. Lay your abilities down before God and surrender them to Him, and if you are small enough God will use you.

Prayer: Dear Father, May we live in such a way that the only explanation for our life is God did it, and may it bring You glory. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Romans chapter 16

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“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church…” (Romans 16:1)
Where would the church be without faithful women of God who love the Lord? It is worth noting that women of faith played an important role in Jesus ministry. There is no record of a woman opposing Jesus during His life. It was women who were first at the tomb of Jesus. A woman anointed Jesus and washed His feet with her hair. Women wept over Jesus at His trial and crucifixion. Reflecting back over my ministry God has placed some special women of faith in my path who have greatly influenced my life for God. Many of us have been impacted by the faith of a godly woman. Timothy was influenced by his mother and grandmother. I can relate to Timothy. I saw the love of God in my mother and I knew early on that there was something different about her. She is one of the reasons I am a Christian and a preacher of God’s Word today. God also used two Sunday School teachers; Lena and Flassie, to shape my life. They gave me my first Bible and taught me it’s rich truths. They may not have even realized how greatly God was using them in my life. Later when God called me to preach and at the age of nineteen I was pastor of a small church, there was a godly older lady that helped me. Ms Bessie would invite me to her home and we would discuss the Bible. I learned a great deal from her. She listened to my sermons and if I was off base she did not correct me publicly, but she talked to me in private and God used her to help me become a better preacher. In every church I ever served there have been godly women of faith of great value to me and the church. These have been spiritual sisters and mothers and precious to God. Like Paul I wish to pay them tribute for their contribution to the Gospel. Praise God for the Phoebe’s in your life who have been a blessing to your walk with God.

Take a moment and reflect over the godly women who have been a blessing to your life and give God thanks for them.

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank You for the faith of godly women who have greatly impacted my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron