Friday, December 16, 2011

1 Corinthians-How to live for Christ

I do believe that Paul shows a lot of his character in his writings.  I thought it was humorous that he begins telling the church that "beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else".  So, even someone as great as he forgets.  That gives me comfort.  :-()

It is a wonderful reminder that "we have the mind of Christ".  We do not know what man is thinking, but we can be still and "understand what God has freely given us" (with his spirit we can know what he is thinking). 

I pray that everything that I do is fire worthy.  "It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames." I Cor. 3:13-15
Lord I pray that I will do your work on this earth and it is pleasing to you.  I want to shine on the other end of the fire.  I do not want to disappoint you.  I do not want to do things for my own gain, Lord, but for your glory.

Another wonderful word from the Lord, through Paul, is about judging and being hard on yourself.  Paul writes, "I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.  My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.  He will bring to light what is hidden in the darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts.  At that time each will receive his praise from God".  I Cor 4:3-5

Thank you, Lord. I am so hard on myself, as you see with the first prayer.  I do love you and want to serve you all my days.  I do want you to be proud of me and I do want to be your good and faithful servant.  But what Love you show here.  I should not care what others think of me or even judge myself.  You are the ultimate judge and when that Day comes you will put it through fire and all will be reveled.  Thank you for loving me, Thank you for all you have and haven't given to me, Thank you for what I face each day, Thank you for my husband and children.  I lift them up to you Lord.  I pray they will also be mighty warriors for your kingdom.  I pray success and favor on them.  Thank you for our home.  I pray Lord that we can even use it to glorify you.  I lift my neighbor to you right now.  She is full of fear and anxiety.  I ask that you remove this from her and fill her with your peace.  I pray that the quality of life for her mom would be bettered 10x, by her faithfulness.  We thank you, as a family, for her Lord.  She is a wonderful woman that you have made.  Protect her heart Lord and allow other members of our Christ family to step up and give her relief and breaks.  I ask these things in your Holy Son's Name, Jesus Christ.  Amen

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