MONDAY March 19, 2018
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
1 Corinthians 10:6
Paul readily quoted the Scriptures because he knew them so well. We can tell he was a good student of God’s Word from the way he had written. Paul was an excellent, powerful Bible teacher because he was in tune with the Holy Spirit. He really had an intimate relationship with God.
Pastor Chuck Smith was like Paul. He could quote the stories from the Bible because he had a photographic memory. It is incredible how he thought! When Chuck taught, he hardly looked down at his notes. You see, his mother taught him the Bible from birth! The Word of God became such a major part of Chuck’s life that he never got into drugs or alcohol. Chuck went to one movie, and the whole time he was there, he felt so convicted because he thought the Lord was coming back.
I believe that 1 Corinthians 10 should be taught carefully, and not in just one sitting. In fact, if you did not have the whole Bible and you only had this one chapter to read, you would be powerfully convicted by what is written. You would come to know that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords!
It is important to understand, what is missing in the lives of many people is the failure to really listen to the Holy Spirit and what He wants to share with them, as they study the Scriptures. We cannot just skim over the chapters and passages of the Bible. We must wait and listen for His still small voice. At times, we will be encouraged and comforted. On other occasions, we will be exhorted or convicted when we read the Scriptures.
What has the Church gained if it is popular but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?
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