Friday, July 30, 2021

1 Corinthians 15 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."


This morning, the Lord showed me a spiritual principle being acted out in the physical realm. Last week, my wife was sick, and although I couldn’t see what made her sick, I could see the symptoms but ignored them and spent time with her like nothing was wrong. Now fast forward a few days, and I’m sick, and the Lord showed me that sin in our lives can do the same thing.


I couldn’t see the germs that made her sick, but I could see what they were producing, and the same can be said about sin in our lives. We can’t see what is making someone angry, but we can see the fruit of it. We can’t see what is making someone bitter, but we can experience it in daily interactions with them. We can’t see the lusts in their hearts, but we can tell it’s there by the jokes they tell and the websites they visit!


You see, it’s not my wife’s fault that I got sick. I could see the symptoms from a mile away and still decided to put myself in that situation. The same can be said about our spiritual lives. If I decide to put myself in and around those types of people and places, then I can’t be mad at them when I fall! Personal accountability is huge, and this doesn’t mean that we go live under a rock somewhere but rather that we live on the Rock, Jesus Christ, and pay attention to those people, places, and things we’re allowing into our lives. If I never go on a plane ride, then it’s gonna be pretty hard to be involved in a plane crash!


Mark 8:15 - “Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."


Galatians 5:9 - “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit! 



1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!!! 


This morning as I was praying, I was thinking about when God called me to Himself. How He came rushing in and swooped me up, washed me off, set me on His lap, and called me His own. There were no ultimatums. His love wasn’t conditional, nor His forgiveness. It was simply, “Accept my Son, repent, and ask for it.”


Imagine if I lived my life that way. Going around loving and forgiving those around me simply because I could? Imagine the way the world would look if every true disciple of Christ did this? Imagine if we as Christians showed God’s lost children that the Cross was a weapon for them and not against them? Christ led me out of bondage not with extensive rules and regulations, but with love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness. If Jesus set the tone that way, who am I to change it?


I may not know a lot of things, but I know this for sure: Jesus rescued me, changed me, and called me His own and did it without any threats or condemnation. Our victory was not bought will the blood of armies or of nations but by the perfect Blood of Jesus Christ!!! His love saved me, His mercy changed me, His grace sustains me, and His peace maintains me!!! My hope and victory rest in Jesus, and I pray yours does as well!!! Victory was a gift given to us by God. Will you accept this gift???


Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!


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