Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:25-29
"I just can't do it." Have you ever spoken those words when faced with a task that seems too great? I have! Often the thing that God lays out for us to do is bigger than we are. Fortunately, God is bigger than we are too. If we put our dependence completely on him for strength and wisdom - God will carry us as we do the work he has called us to do.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
In this verse, Paul recognizes the tendency in all people to want to be noticed—to look good. But this leads to another problem, the trap of comparing ourselves to others, and eventual feelings of inadequacy. In this devotional, we learn to keep our focus on God where it belongs, and to shine the spotlight on him, rather than ourselves.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
Spiritual pride will stunt our growth as Christians. In these verses, Paul speaks of vanity in a way we don't typically expect. When we quarrel over doctrine and cling to the teachings of men, rather than following God, Paul says we are vain Christians--"mere infants in Christ."
Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Stewardship is something we hear about often, and most of the time it is thought of in terms of finances. Obviously, it is important to be a faithful steward with everything God has given us, including finances. But that isn't what this verse is referring to! Paul encourages us here to know our spiritual gifts and the calling of God and to use those gifts in a way that pleases and honors the Lord.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
It seems to be popular in both Christian and non-Christian circles to "judge not." Avoiding judging others is the politically correct thing to do. Yet 1 Corinthians 5 makes it clear that judgment of sin needs to be done in the church.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:7
"You have to stand up for your rights!" That's what the world, and often even people in the church say, but is it really true, from God's perspective? Dirty Laundry is a daily devotional reading offering insight from God's word on how to deal with division in the church.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 7:19
It is so easy to get caught up in external things and outward appearances, but these are not the things that really matter. It's more important to concentrate on pleasing God and stop worrying about what others might think.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 8:2
Studying the Bible is important. It's something all Christians need to do. But there is a subtle danger in acquiring much knowledge—the tendency to become puffed up with pride. Knowledge Puffs Up is a daily devotional reading offering insight from God's Word as it cautions believers to guard against the sin of pride that can come from gaining knowledge through Bible study.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
A natural result of being a disciple of Jesus is having a desire to win people to Christ. Yet some Christians end up removing themselves so far from the unbelievers of this world, that they have absolutely no connection with them. Do as They Do is a daily devotional reading offering insight from God's Word on how to be more effective in winning people to Christ through lifestyle evangelism.
Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Paul compares the Christian life to running a race. Any serious athlete knows that competing in a race requires daily discipline, and the same is true in our spiritual lives. Daily "exercise" of our faith is the only way to stay on track.