Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read 1 Corinthians 9 – 12 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
31 “But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.”
I believe that it is sometimes very difficult for us to examine ourselves, rightly or objectively. It is so much easier to examine someone else and judge what they are doing; after all, it takes the focus off of me.
I am much better at telling other people what they are doing wrong. I can be the queen of objectivity with my husband and other family members. Sometimes I will be reading something in my Bible or my devotions and my mind starts picking out the people who I think would benefit from those words. “So and so needs to read this…I am going to share this because, God knows, they need to hear this message from Him today.”
And you know what…maybe they do. But, if I am spending all of my quiet time looking for ways to correct or help other people…I am missing the correction and the help He has for me. I must write His words on my own heart first and use them for the plans He has for me before they will ever impact the people around me. I must make it right with Him and I must make it right with the people around me before I can be used as His vessel of truth.
It is a good thing to spend time with Him praying and looking for insight from Him about the people you love and care about. But, it is even more important to go to Him and seek the truth in my own life. I need to read His words and look for His truth for me.
Lord, I humble myself and confess that I need Your help to walk holy in this life You have given me. Thank You for the Holy Spirit’s conviction and correction that You have freely bestowed to those who believe in Jesus as their Savior from our sins. I pray the Holy Spirit, in mercy, would convict me of any sin or bad habit that is in my life. I forsake my pride and renounce it in Jesus’ Name. I want to live in a way that brings glory and joy to Your heart. Thank you for the gift of conviction of sin. May my heart always be soft and sensitive to respond quickly whenever You convict me of any wrong or offense. In the precious Name of Jesus. Amen.