Glorify God – 5-30-22

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of First Corinthians chapter 10 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Old Testament Examples

10 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us [a]tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now [b]all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our [c]admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [d]bear it.

Flee from Idolatry

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the [e]communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices [f]partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

All to the Glory of God

23 All things are lawful [g]for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things [h]edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”

27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; [i]for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:9 test
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:11 NU omits all
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:11 instruction
  4. 1 Corinthians 10:13 endure
  5. 1 Corinthians 10:16 fellowship or sharing
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:18 fellowshippers or sharers
  7. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NU omits for me
  8. 1 Corinthians 10:23 build up
  9. 1 Corinthians 10:28 NU omits the rest of v. 28.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

John 20:31- “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Happy Memorial Day – to all of you in the USA. For those of you from other countries – it is a national day of remembrance where we memorialize all those who fought for our country and are no longer with us. It has taken on a broader scope over the years and as people clean and decorate the stones, mausoleums, above ground entombments and the like, in the cemeteries for the veterans, and as summer is beginning, people began to take the time to clean up and decorate family members who did not serve and take the time to remember them. And still, as morality declines, the holiday is becoming more about beer and backyard barbeques and or picnics at a lake than it is about remembrance It makes me wonder if any other nation lacks honor for their heroes and disrespects their personal history, as much as the people in the USA.
In my earring business I made Patriotic theme earrings for the holiday. I will bring out my American Flag and matching colored summer décor. But it seems our flag is offensive to many of us – can you imagine being offended by the symbol of yourself?! And I sold no patriotic earrings. Last year I sold so many I had to make more and this year, none. Such rapid decline.
Will I wear my colorful patriotic clothes and earrings?
I will honor and remember the fallen – even if alone in my area.
And for those of you who read and are from the USA, I hope you are in a red state and are surrounded by other with the same values – I am in New York – its’s so blue that the red and white are offensive. True patriots are neither red nor blue – but some are turning it into a political thing. Again – I speak in broad strokes, there are conservatives in this area. But as a whole the earring aren’t selling here because there is not enough patriotism in women who will wear my earrings and see my products. Maybe I should not use broad strokes so I do not offend? well, how will I make points? Even Paul spoke the answers in broad strokes and people took what belonged to them and were not offended by the rest. Note that the offenses Paul speaks of are not the offense of the overly sensitive or even the “woke” people. Be gentle and loving, but do not compromise truth to avoid offending others.

Last week we discussed offending others, and living a life that doesn’t cause others to sin. If I wear red, white and blue and go overboard with decorating – I will offend. I shall not purposefully provoke anyone – but I will wear the earrings!

And let me interject my inner raging at the offensive nonsense Christians are spouting in the light of the death of those beautiful children in Texas the day before yesterday – well, you are reading this on Monday and I am again ahead on my studies. But what we have is a sin problem, not a gun problem, not a mental health problem, and not a social problem. What we have is a lack of calling out the demonic as demonic – and casting it out. As well as lack of calling the holy angels as God’s messengers and glorifying God for it. We fail the spirit and offend on social media… but let’s circle back to that. I promise it will be gentle – I am so mad, I will let God speak to it. And He is a still small voice- so listen up.

Today’s reading begins with Paul giving Old Testament examples of offenses – preventable ones. Paul is telling us, that Christianity has the same values as the Jews – because our God has not changed.
Chapter 10 reads like the transcript from a sermon, leaving little wiggle room for anyone to expound upon, interpret, or change – and thank goodness. It is nice and clear.

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

All our fathers? I am a gentile. I thought Paul was writing to the church at Corinth which had A LOT of gentiles. Well, Paul DID NOT change his audience. Remember gentiles are adopted in – my adopted ancestors – even me in the USA with lack of remembrance of our ancestry I have a heritage in Moses. We should honor that heritage and be grateful we can respect it as adopted children.
I know there are groups who think we can just dump the Old Testament, now that there is a new. But Paul wrote more books than anyone else and he quoted the Old Testament all the way through and Luke, Paul’s doctor wrote more words of the New Testament – more than even Paul wrote, and Luke quoted the old scriptures throughout.

“…for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” Verse 4b

Has God ever brought a specific symbol to the forefront of your mind? About a week ago I dreamt about having to tear down a foundation, rebuild it on a solid rock – and how that is a testimony and the parable of building on the rock. Sunday night I turned on the church service I usually watch and the sermon was about exactly that. Building on the rock. The Rock is Jesus – moreover the rock is Jesus revealed! Every single day last week the rock, building on an immovable, solid, unshakable foundation came up. And today – here. Again. The Rock was Christ. Do you think God is trying to tell me something?
The Rock is much more than a symbol that means something – remember when I said this book will give us deep revelation of who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are… well – Jesus is a rock. He is our bridge to the Father – but He is also a ROCK. The Rock of my salvation. When I have a relationship with the Rock, Jesus our bridegroom – tied and married to – and built upon… and disciplined to becoming Christ-like – I begin to take on the same attributes as a Rock, like Jesus has.

But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

There are two ways to learn lessons – the hard way (like the Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt) or the easy way (by learning from their mistakes. Thousands of years have passed, yet we still make the same mistakes.

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Hallelujah! But wait – I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I hear verse 13 misquoted or erroneously applied. And the more I asked questions of those people about their understanding of this verse I learned – Many do not know the difference between a temptation, an attack, and a trial from God.
A temptation makes you want to sin – usually your flesh is all over it. Many time the enemy is not even anywhere near the situation – we fall into this mostly on our own! And therefore, God has made a way of escape – and it is NOT him removing the temptation. Nope. It is us saying no to it.
An attack, as we see in the Book of Job is one thing after another and it happens all around us to try to get us to shake, move, slip, fall or come out from God’s protection so he can get us with a direct shot. There is no way out – resist the devil, focus on God, and the enemy will eventually flee. It is not something for us to bear – the battle is the Lord’s.
And a trial – well this is put upon us by God himself! The fire is meant to refine us, and the pressure is meant to turn us into diamonds. There also is no way out and God DOES give us more than we can bear in some trials. But if God is burning off the dross from us – it has to be enough of a trial to make us lose our hold of it, to overcome part of us that must die off and to do the work He needs to do in us.

So as Paul explains that we should not offend others, he warns that we can slide into sin ourselves, so not to take our freedom for granted. He points out the very sins people this church as issues with. Although they brought it to Paul’s attention – Paul warns it could happen to them as well. And Paul circles back to idolatry and meat offered to Idols.

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The 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? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”

And the body of Christ – Jesus said at the last supper: “this is my body” – and the relational connection starts to really click for Paul. While you and I read and have revelation of things, we can watch as the revelation of the relationship between believers (as a metaphor for a body) forms in Paul’s heart. Christ is the head and as we partake in the body we become one – one body. But Paul doesn’t get there here – instead he circles back to if it is right or wrong to eat the meat sacrificed to idols.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?”

Well, um – he makes a strong argument NOT to eat the meat. But he already said it was fine to. It is very understandable that people who aren’t studying this could get the wrong idea here. But remember the Bible NEVER contradicts itself. So when you think it might – always study more or ask someone for help.

Here he makes the argument not to eat meat – Because he is talking about knowingly participating in it. Because if we are free, we might as well be first in line… but that is a NO. You can say – but you do not believe and maybe the god in me will screw up their ritual. BUT that is not how that works.

We have a man locally, who said a dead relative came to him in a séance and told him he had to open a restaurant, because the dead relative wants one more go at it so. Sounds crazy – but we know those are demons not his dead relative. The dead relative comes into the body of the owner to run the business and another into the cook for make the meals. The place is very successful and has séances and card readings and psychic fairs there monthly.
Now I am in Christ. I am free and none of that will harm me. I suppose I could eat there if I took the first part of what Paul says seriously. But I know they are advertising that the cook is possessed and can I eat at a demon’s table – literally? Will the God in me disrupt the devil in all of that? Not at all. That is not how spiritual warfare works.
Despite their very open claims to spirit running the join, I recently saw an ad of theirs where they boast they are now The Place to go after church on a Sunday. Because when churches get out they get packed. I hear the food is exceptionally good. But how can we sit in church and partake in the Lord’s cup and then go there and partake in the demonic joke that it is?

Let’s ask Paul what he thinks:

23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”

So Paul goes back to the argument that you can eat them meat if it edifies. I am sure that sitting at a demonic dinner does not edify.

24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. 27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?”

So for those who go to that diner and did not see the ads or read its origin story – they are covered by grace. The same grace that covers me when I buy meat or accept meat not knowing if it was sacrificed to demons (because that does still happen) or not or even if it is kosher. But once I know – I cannot eat it. Like I know about that diner, so I cannot eat there. But if the fact that it’s the devils table isn’t enough – I must also avoid there because if I say I am covered and give thanks for the meal and another Christian who knows sees – it could cause offense.

30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?”

Lucky there are NOT a lot of demonic diners, at least not to my knowledge and don’t tell me! Lol
but like I said before there are a lot of other things this can relate to, like alcohol. It is better to just rise above and avoid any potential appearance of evil.

Ok – let’s take this one step further. Social media. Oh yea – I said it. I have made some compromises, even recently, so I made myself a personal rule for my personal page: does this further the kingdom? It does not further the kingdom to post things that offend and are insensitive. I do see things that some would find offensive and I find funny and I laugh and send privately to others who have the same humor. But let us not be contentious trolls! That doesn’t save souls. So post what you want to the glory of God!

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

This is a good couple of verses to tape to the top of your monitor to help you be careful what you comment on, like and share. You do not need to post only scripture verses. This blog has social media and it does post only verses. But my personal page has NONE. Honestly. I also run the leather jewelry business on Facebook and I have been put in jail a few times twice for scripture verses!

One was Joel 2:1 – which apparently incites violence.
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;” Joel 2:1 KJV
Or more accurately – the autobots reviewing our posts understand the scriptures better than we humans do. I placed a formal objection and won, as it is a Bible verse and it is now cataloged in their AI as a verse. Unfortunately it still doesn’t incite violence as most believers fail to understand.
“the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt 11:12 KJV
But humbly without offense to the brethren and without offense to the souls we are trying to reach.

It is not impossible to try not to be a hypocrite, and I you screw up, be open and repentant about it. I have also seen mighty men from the military who were prideful egomaniacs and others who were humble, even with all their awards and honors on their chest. 

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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