1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
This verse is often taken out of its context in order [for some] to justify a questionable behavior or activity. I would suggest that before exercising any presumed freedom or liberty in Christ Jesus that you consider your honest responses to the following three questions.
1) Can I thank God for what I am about to do?
2) Will God be glorified?
3) Will I stumble another person?
This is close to the spot where the ‘Name-it-and-claim-it,’ prosperity indoctrinaters get it all wrong. These false teachers would have us believe that life in Christ revolves around us having our best lives now. My Bible does not teach that. In fact it says (in Philippians 2:13), “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
That should give us pause.
The truth is that God blesses everybody (yes, even non-Christians); He makes His sun rise on both the evil and on the good (Matthew 5:45), therefore let us never consider these benefits as something we’ve earned, are entitled to, or we can claim by faith. That is just not the case at all. When God blesses, He does so that all the glory will come back to Him.
Is our God vain? No, He is not. Our God is loving and gracious and kind. While it’s true He blesses both the evil and the good; the saved and the unsaved, at the end of the day only those who believe in Christ Jesus will spend eternity with Him. The reality is that when evil people die, God’s blessings officially cease.
God’s plan, at least in part, is that by blessing all people, all people might singularly recognize Him as a faithful and generous provider, and thus commit [by faith] their lives to Him and be saved. One of the most cherished blessings God has given all people is His word, the Bible!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Our Father in Heaven consistently demonstrates that he loves us and that He desires not one of us will perish.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
- Can you see how you are blessed?
- Can you see Who blessed you?
- Do you wonder why?
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