God’s Economy

1 Corinthians 6:12 (NASB)

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

Observations:

Paul informs the church in Corinth that all things are lawful. (12a)

Paul informs the church in Corinth that all things are not profitable. (12b)

Paul informs the church in Corinth again that all things are lawful. (12c)

Paul informs the church in Corinth of a conjunction contrast of but. (12d)

Paul informs the church in Corinth that he will not be mastered. (12e)

Paul informs the church in Corinth that he will not be mastered by anything. (12f)

 

Commentary:

There are a number of things that are technically legal in our society, but it doesn’t mean that my freedom of will to choose is spiritually appropriate and helpful to me or other’s well-being.  We must be careful to avoid becoming a slave to a lack of spiritual discipline.  A lack of spiritual discernment results in our choices controlling us, and being susceptible to any form of practice or doctrine.

 

Living Word OP(portunity):

  1. What are the areas in your life where you’ve made earthly instead spiritual investments?
  2. In God’s economy have you been making deposits or withdrawals?  What spiritual patterns are necessary to get out of the red?
  3. How does your life represent a difference from the world? (a but ideology)
  4. What do you have to gain by sacrificing your own desires for God’s will?
  5. What patterns are bankrupting our witness and souls?

A Word with You: Is the devil comfortable or confronted around you?

Luke 4:8 (NASB)

Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”

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Observations:

Luke informs the reader that Jesus is talking to the Devil. (8a)

Luke informs the reader that Jesus is quoting what is written from the Torah. (8b)

Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that one shall worship the Lord. (8c)

Luke informs the reader that Jesus calls the Lord your God. (8d)

Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that God is to be served. (8e)

Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that God is to be served only. (8f)

Commentary:  Luke reveals to us that Jesus did not entertain the Devil with His own thoughts, but used the written words of the Bible to combat the attacks, schemes, and false promises of the enemy.  The Devil will attack us in our weakest of moments as he tried with Jesus after he had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.  When we are confronted with temptation, we can draw strength from the Word of God and use it against our adversary.  We cannot eliminate temptation, but we certainly have a weapon against it.

Living Word OP(portunity):

  1. When you face evil, is evil comfortable or confronted?
  2. Is your worship coming from what you witness or what is written?
  3. How might the memorization of scripture be helpful in any situation?
  4. How often do you share personal episodes of your life with God?  If infrequent, why?
  5. What has come up that you believe may be taking away from your quality time with God?

The Right Motives

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Proverbs 21:1-3 (NASB)

1The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.  2 Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,But the Lord weighs the hearts.  3 To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.

Observations:

Solomon informs the reader that the Lord controls the king’s heart. (1a)

Solomon informs the reader that the king’s heart is like channels of water. (1b)

Solomon informs the reader that the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. (1c)

Solomon informs the reader that the Lord turns the king’s heart wherever he wishes. (1d)

Solomon informs the reader that every man’s way is right in his own eyes. (2a)

Solomon informs the reader that the Lord weighs the hearts of every man. (2b)

Solomon informs the reader that righteousness is desired of every man. (3a)

Solomon informs the reader that justice is desired of every man. (3b)

Solomon informs the reader that sacrifice is also of importance but lesser than righteousness and justice. (3c)

Commentary:  Solomon reveals to us that good leadership is a channel of water that is controlled by God.  He directs it wherever He chooses.  Leadership that has the right motive is under the control and in the hand of God.  We often try to prove something is right by appearances, even if what we demonstrate is not our true intent.  God knows what we truly value.  We judge much by what we see, but God judges what we cannot see.  Living right before God and treating our fellow man in the same way, mean far more to God than religious performance.

 Living Word OP(portunity):

  1. Determine if your worship is a reflection of your witness.  If not, what needs to change?
  2. Pray to God that your praise and worship of Him is solely for Him.
  3. Ask God for what He desires of you in the worship setting.
  4. Examine your motives of worship.  Am I doing this out of routine or because of His righteousness?

iMPACT QUESTION (iQ): What Do I Have to Offer?

John 6:3-13  3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” 6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred [b]denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people [c]sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men [d]sat down, in number about five thousand.11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. 12 When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

 For an answer key to the following questions, click the following linkWhat I Have to Offer – Key

  1. Is _____________ welcomed in your groups? (vs. 3)
  1. We are often led to believe that what we have is ____________________. (vs. 7)
  1. There are two types of people those who are __________ or  ____________. (vs. 7-9)
  1. Do the ______________ you can. (vs. 9)

         “My job is to do the best I can. The rest is in God’s hands.” -Martin Luther Jr

  1. Share what you have with a Godly _______________. (vs. 8-9)
  1. What you have been given is useful to the _________________. (vs. 11)
  1. _____________ what you have to God. (vs. 11)

     The Mathematics of Relationship:   I’m = me    Possible = Jesus

       ______  + ________ = NOTHING IS    IM+POSSIBLE

       ______  –  ________ =  IMPOSSIBLE NEVER REACHED

     iMPACT Challenge (i CHALLENGE):

  1. Define what are your talents or things that you do well?
  2. How are you currently using your gifts and talents?
  3. A) school?   B) church?          C) social media?    D) home?
  4. Do a friend inventory check.  Who is critical and who is creative?
  5. What do you consider impossible for you to achieve?  Have you placed it in God’s hands?  

Inner Strength

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Impact Question (IQ):  Where do you draw strength to keep going?

Impact Text: Colossians 2: 6-7

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

It’s hard to trust something when you’re not sure that it’s going to work.  I was a part of a team project and the idea that one of the members had seemed too unbelievable to be effective.  However, the member said that he’s done it before and that gave the rest of us confidence that it would work.  Confidence in the face of the unknown is quite difficult and causes many of us to hesitantly engage life.  We don’t want to mess up or make a mistake.  That’s understandable, but costly.  I’ve learned in construction that if a foundation is not firm, it can destroy an entire building (dream, company, industry, people).  Yet Paul let’s the Colossians know that they’ve got the right root and foundation, so get building.  God intends you to build the life of His dreams.  Remember His plans for you are your heart’s desires. God didn’t promise us that we wouldn’t get splinters, but he promised that if we established an edifice of our lives that edifies Him, we would reap an eternal reward.  Don’t doubt the foundation in Jesus that you have.  The power that lies within will help you withstand any outward forces against you.

Impact Fulfillment (IF):

1. Trust the Word of God to shed light on what you wish to accomplish.

2. Thwart the fear of failure.    

3. Thank God for the overflow of blessings that come from living the Word.  

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. ~Steven Grayhm