God’s Resources for Spiritual Growth

1 Corinthians 10:1-12

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.

Now these things happened as examples for us so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed that he does not fall.

Our God has provided us with His resources to help us avoid the mistakes of Israel. To become a truly devoted disciple, we must make full use of both OT and NT, and spiritual gifts. It is wise to submit ourselves to the wisdom of the OT, reading it, studying it, and applying it to our lives. Prayer is another spiritual discipline that will strengthen and build us up. Celebrating the Lord Supper or Communion is one of the greatest resources we have been given. Through faith, we receive Jesus life (1 Cor. 11:20-29).  By partaking in faith, we receive His full forgiveness, full acceptance, and full power to restore, strengthen and heal.

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