The Right Not To

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

O-bservation:

With the inclusion of the Gentile people into the family of "Christian Faith," the issue of proper food intake and other actions foreign to Jewish religious customs was always an issue. St. Paul continuously expressed in his writings that in Christ we are no longer bound to religious customs, but are now free. However, in this verse he said that if his RIGHT causes his brother to stumble should he eat something that wasn't customary, he also had ... "The Right NOT To."

A-pplication:

Love motivates a "Jesus Follower" to do what they don't want to do, and also not to do what they would like to do. Too often we have a tendency to overemphasize the rights we have in Christ to do a certain thing. In this instance, the Apostle reminds us that sometimes when it comes to promoting our rights in Jesus, and offending or wounding another "Jesus Follower" because of a certain religious custom he or she may have, we should be careful. Perhaps it would be better to incorporate ... "The Right NOT To."  Building one another up in our most "Holy Faith" through love must remain our bottom line.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I'm reminded again that folks are always watching. Help me point people to You through my words and deeds, not to me by exercising my rights. Amen
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Please Be Careful

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 17:1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.

O-bservation:

In speaking to His disciples, Jesus emphasized the fact that people, no matter how spiritual they are, do mess up. Jesus also noted that at times people stumble because they have watched and followed the actions of a fellow "Follower of Jesus."

A-pplication:

We're not going to get into a legalistic discussion here, but it is imperative upon every "Follower of Jesus" that he or she remembers someone is always watching. It is true that whatever we do, we do it with all of our heart as unto the Lord. At the same time, it is incumbent on us to realize that perhaps our personal liberty in a given area of action is more of a BONDAGE to another person. This would especially be true of new "Followers of Jesus." In fact, in the very next verse (Luke 17:2) Jesus refers to these new "Followers of Jesus" as little ones, as if they were babies. The truth is, a new "Follower of Jesus" is a baby, spiritually speaking, even if they're 50 years old. Jesus was careful to favor these little ones before absolving any of us of our responsibility to "Brand New Believers." When it comes to possibly offending a new believer as a result of our own personal liberties in Jesus, we should ALL … “Please Be Careful."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I am so thankful this AM for the liberty You have given me through Your GRACE. However Lord, with Your help, I am willing to give up certain rights should they at any time become a potential for causing a brother or sister to stumble. Amen
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Use Discretion

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

  1 Corinthians 8:9    Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  

O-bservation:

  Paul was not speaking here of being raised in a free country that emphasizes the rights of every citizen. Rather, the Apostle was speaking about being free from religion and tradition and rules through new life in Jesus Christ. Yet he said, “There are some who are weak in their faith and are easily persuaded by the actions of others. Please don't let your rights cause someone who is weak to stumble in their faith because of observing your example or mine.” 

A-pplication:

  In the 2nd letter to the Corinthian church, Paul said, "The love of Christ constraineth us" (2 Corinthians 5:14). In other words, our devotion to Christ holds us in place in our commitment to Him. That though we are free in Jesus we are willing to relinquish any and all rights, as would a soldier in order to win victory. Winning the victory for any "Follower of Jesus" means seeing friends and family and associates come to faith in Christ as well. In other words, we say "'Whatever It Takes’ to bring people to Jesus is what we're prepared to do." So when it comes to our personal liberties, we—in hopes of winning our loved ones to Jesus—will ... "Use Discretion." 

P-rayer:

  Dear Jesus,  I need Your help in order to yield my rights to You again today. I don't want to drive people away from You, I want to draw them near to You. Amen
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Their Needs Before My Rights

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

O-bservation:

The Lord is cautioning all of us who are "Followers of Jesus" to think first of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be young or weak in the faith. In other words, just because I have the right to do something doesn't make it right. Sometimes something we do can cause a brother or sister to fall spiritually. So whatever we do, we don't want someone to fall spiritually just because we have the right.

A-pplication:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! (Gal. 5:1, paraphrase). So for those bound by "Life Controlling" issues, it's good to know that Jesus has broken those chains. For those who are bound by "Religious Tradition," Jesus came to break that "Spirit of Legalism." When we embrace Jesus ... Freedom follows. But often a new believer, or a believer who is weak in a certain area of temptation, will follow you and me as models and look to us for spiritual help. It's true that we should all keep our eyes on Jesus. But when people see Jesus in another person, they begin to trust that person and follow what they see. Something we do may be nothing in our own eyes, but to that one who is watching it can be a stumbling block that causes them to fall back into their "old ways." That's why, as "Followers of Jesus," each of us should put ... "Their Needs Before My Rights."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know that only by You're help can I live for You. At the same time, I know people are watching me. Please help me today to "live out" the character and love of Jesus to everyone I meet. Amen
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