Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 3-13-18

March 13, 2018

1 Corinthians 10:6-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

In our passage today from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he uses Israel’s exodus out of bondage, journey across the Red Sea, and into the wilderness as an example of spiritual immaturity.  God had performed miraculous things for Israel, yet they struggled with idolatry and arrogance.  We can always learn from history, because life brings temptation to everyone.  Let’s pay attention to our passage and allow Wisdom to teach us, today.

1 Corinthians 10:6-13

6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.

9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to humble myself and learn spiritual truth from the lives of others in biblical history. Continue to show me a way out of temptation each day.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

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