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Thoughts for the week

Monday

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:1

 

It all begins with Love. As we saw last week, everything, we do should have its basis in love, but it doesn’t end there, we need to ask for and us the gifts that God gives us as we worship. We are told we should especially desire prophecy. Prophecy is not just seeing what the future holds but more importantly it is hearing what God is saying to us today. Let us pray that we would be always seeking God


Tuesday

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up 1 Corinthians 14:26

 

Our verse today also shows that worship should be multifaceted but it isn’t meant to be a free for all. In the majority of our worship today we expect the minister to lead the service. But that does not mean that others are not involved. Everyone can contribute, and when we do the worship is the richer for it. Let us pray that we would all bring something of worth as we praise God in worship


Wednesday

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up 1 Corinthians 14:26

 

Worship is not about power or position, which is in part what can be seen in some churches especially in the music element of worship. When we gather together it is of course to bring glory to God but it is also in order that those present are encouraged and built up. Let us pray that our worship would bless those present and bring glory to God.


Thursday

For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 1 Corinthians 14:31

As we mentioned on Monday, prophecy is speaking God words into any given situation, not just the foretelling of the future. As we live our daily lives in a culture that has moved away from God, it is important for those who follow Jesus that we see and hear what God has to say in the situations we find ourselves, so that we can live a right life. Let us pray for God’s guidance every day.


Friday

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34

 

Really! – here we have a classic example of a verse that can so easily be taken out of context. 1 Corinthians 11:5 clearly shows Paul has no problem with women speaking prayers or prophesies, so here it must be addressing something else, probably open criticism of others. Let us pray that we would be wise in our understanding of scripture and careful when looking at just one small part of it.


Saturday

but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  1 Corinthians 1:24

 

It might be easy to conclude that this message of salvation is limited to a few but the truth is it is there for all people, irrespective of nationality, culture, wealth or social position. Christ calls out to everyone with his message of hope, with the desire that all would acknowledge him as Lord and Saviour. Let us praise God for his generosity and pray for those around us who need to hear this truth.


Sunday

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength1 Corinthians 1:25

 

As we gather in worship today many will see what we do as foolishness, a waste of time. But we know that in our praise and worship there is much blessing. As we fellowship together we draw close to God and each other. We the weak are made strong by his presence and his power in us. Let us come and rejoice in the Lord, for he is good and his love and salvation is forever. Let us worship in the assurance of his grace and mercy