Keys to Living a Successful Christian Life
Scripture Reading: 1Corinthians 10:1-22
1I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.
2In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.
3All of them ate the same spiritual food,
4and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.
5Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did,
7or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”
8And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.
10And don’t grumble as some of them did, and they were destroyed by the angel of death.
11These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
12If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
13The 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.
14So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
15You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.
16When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ?
17And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.
18Think about the people of Israel. Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?
19What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods?
20No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons.
- Don’t lust over evil things (vs 6)
- Do not become idolaters (vs 7)
- Do not commit sexual immorality (vs 8)
- Do not tempt Christ (vs 9)
- Do not complain (vs 10)
Questions To Ask Yourself
- What are some of the modern-day idols in your life? Ex. (Television, Movie Star, etc.)
- Is there anything you feel you can’t live without?
- Is there any priority greater than God?
- Does God take first place in your life?
- Through your times of temptations, how has God provided your way out?
Please Pray With Us
Lord thank You for these keys to life. Help me to use the Old Testament as examples. Help me to learn from their ways so I don’t make the same mistakes. Help me to learn from the good and not follow the bad. May my actions and thoughts glorify You, knowing that just because some things are lawful they are not good for me and do not glorify You. Amen
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Originally posted 2014-07-23 21:02:16.